Why do you have blotchy skin? You can probably get rid of those discoloured patches of skin on your face and neck, but to effectively do that, you’ll need to figure out what the cause is first. In most cases, blotches can be treated if you manage the cause. Here are some possible reasons.
Weather: Your skin doesn’t like extreme temperatures, strong sun exposure and blustery weather. All of these can result in blotches and redness.
Allergies: If you’re allergic to a food or drink that you consume, a product that you put on your skin, or something you’re simply exposed to in the air, your skin may react by becoming red and irritated.
Heredity: Red blotches and splotches are more common for those of us with fair skin.
Hormones: You may notice that your skin gets more sensitive or discoloured around your “time of the month” or other times when you experience hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause).
Harsh products: If you use a product that is too harsh for your skin, your skin will react by becoming red, inflamed and dried out. That’s why it’s important that you always get skin care product recommendations from an experienced medical aesthetician.
While avoiding certain allergens and protecting your skin from the weather can help prevent blotches, the same can’t really be done if your discolouration is caused by genetics. Fortunately, there are skin treatments that can help reduce red and brown spots to make your complexion more even. You may also want to consider vitamins and other dietary supplements — A study appearing in the December 2015 edition of Journal of Drugs and Dermatology suggests that dietary supplements may be helpful.