Forehead spots

Forehead spots are typical of teenagers and are caused by a mixture of hormones and diet issues.


Here is a list of foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help you control them.  Note, this is an advisory diet, not a substitute for diagnosed medical conditions. Avoid self-diagnosis or singling out ingredient, all my diets act in combination.

Eat two to three portions of these foods every day. The idea is to support your body and get your blood to clear out the spots. These foods also cool you down somewhat, reducing the redness and swelling.

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Grains: barley, millet, wheat bran (Cool the body and improve the circulation)

Vegetables: asparagus, button mushrooms, radishes, squash, watercress, celery, lettuce, marrow, courgettes, aubergines, broccoli, spinach (As well as cooling your blood, these vegetables make your body stronger)

Beans: mungbeans, soyabeans (To support the constitution)

Fruit: mango, orange, tangerine, strawberries, blueberries, avocado, mandarin, pear, kiwi (All these fruit help the digestion)

Condiments: sesame oil, soya sauce (These are moistening and softening)

Teas: chamomile, elderflower, green tea, black tea, mint, spearmint (These teas are calming, soothing, cooling and gently move the circulation)

Dealing with the spots

Use cleansers and antiseptic, dedicated cosmetics that you find in high street; they are cheap and they should give you good results.
Try not to touch, pick at, or squeeze your spots because you will end up with more.  If the spots are drying don’t pick them as you’ll get a scar.If they are annoying you, it’s best if you leave them alone and cover them with foundation.

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Acne boils

Acne boils tend to be red, painful, sore, big, filled with liquid (pus or blood). They can appear anywhere on the face or body but often on the cheeks, the temples or the back.

This kind of acne is not age-related but more diet-related.
What you need is to cool the temperature of the blood and soften the hard lumps. You also need to move the circulation and support the body.  Add these ingredients often to what you already eat. You can combine this diet with the weight  control diet ( which in this case is not related to weight but to how your body processes fats and liquids.
This is an advisory site, see your doctor and follow all advice given if you are on medication. Please don’t self-diagnose and use all the ingredients of the diet recommended, they work in combination.
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Grains: Buckwheat, millet (These two grains lower the inflammation and soften the lumps)
Vegetables: Aubergine, courgettes, cucumber, potato (not chips), squash, watercress, oyster mushroom (These vegetables regulate heat inside the body)
Fish: Anchovy (Tonic for the body and helps with pustules)
Fruit: Blueberries, orange peel (These two detox and help the circulation)
Beans: Blackeyed beans, broad beans, lentils (Support the constitution)
 Management of this skin condition
With this type of acne, besides wanting to cover it which you can do with cosmetics, the main issue is to avoid long term scarring which can happen and can be deep and difficult to remove.
If you are on antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor, get into the habit of adding orange peel to your drinks – it helps the body deal with the effects of the antibiotics.
Apart from medical intervention, go to a beautician and learn how to manage the spots with pus. You only need to go once, but they will show you how to deal with them professionally without spreading the infection.
If you have large areas of the face or body covered with this kind of acne, ask you doctor or a professional trained beautician to recommend you for laser treatment.
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Spots around the mouth and chin


This kind of acne is hormone-related and tends to appear around the mouth and chin during or just before menstruation. Other  symptoms could be PMT, mood swings, stress, depression and breasts’ tenderness.

The spots tend to be dark, purple, red, sore, sometimes hard and large. They take a long time to heal.

The way to deal with this condition is to cool, relax and sustain the body. In order to achieve that, you need to split the diet into two parts.

PART1 just before and during menstruation.

PART2 after the menses have ceased.

This diet is targeted. Don’t focus on one food group or individual ingredients, you need all of them to act in combination.  If you have a medical condition, please follow your doctor’s advice and don’t use this diet as a substitute, if you are allergic to a particular food, use a substitute.


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These foods you include in your diet when you start getting spots and feel PMT
before and during your period
They will help to cool you down, make you calmer, more relaxed.  At the same time they keep up your physical strength.
Grains: Barley, wheat (Cooling and tonic)
Vegetables: Aubergines, broccoli, celery, chicory, spinach (Cooling and tonic for the body)
Fruit: Avocado, oranges, strawberry, apple (Calming and cooling)Beans: Mung beans (Cooling and tonic)
Drinks: Mint, chamomile, peppermint, green tea, black tea, spearmint (Cooling, help to improve mood, move the flow of body energy in a gentle way, ease the onset of menstruation)
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After your period add these foods to your diet and continue  with the cycle, add the herbs and spices to your meals, they are very important, drink the lovely teas

Grains: Corn, millet couscous, oats, rice, wheat (These foods strengthen your body)
Vegetables: Asparagus, fennel, potato, string bean, sweet potato, watercress, yam, kelp, laver seaweed (All these vegetables enrich the body energies and the blood quality – seaweed softens hard lump – use small amounts)
Fruit: Blackberries, cherries, grapes, lemons, limes, cranberries, raspberries (These fruit as well as acting as tonics also detox and help rid of pustules)
Herbs: Chives, dill seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, basil, oregano, parsley, black pepper, sage, rosemary, thyme (These are all aromatics their aroma stimulates the digestion and make it more efficient, they also stimulate the body to eliminate lumps and pus gently)
Spices: Caraway seeds, cinnamon bark (very good for fibroids and endometriosis but use sparingly), cloves, poppy seeds, sesame seeds black and white (These seeds warm and gently energise the body and circulation)
Beans: (Very important) Aduki, black beans, broad beans, kidney beans, lentils, soybeans (All beans deeply strengthen and support the constitution)
Fish: Carp, clams, eel, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimps, prawns, squid (Fish is a tonic it also deals with excess water and lumps)
Meat: Beef and chicken kidneys and liver, duck, lamb, mutton (These meats are deeply warming, enrich the blood, strengthen and support the constitution)
Dairy: eggs. goat milk (Tonics without being greasy)
Condiments: Miso, soya sauce, molasses, salt (All these condiments act as detoxifiers and softeners- don’t over use them)
Drinks: coffee, dandelion, jasmine tea, star anise, licorice (These drinks gently move the energy in the body)
Nuts: Chestnuts, pistachio, walnuts, sesame seeds (Very good body tonics)

  Managing the skin
This can be tricky, you probably have mixed skin conditions some greasy and some dry and the skin will likely change at times of the month. What you need to do is to dry the spots as soon as possible, prevent build up of blood and mucus, avoid scarring and being left with a red mark after the spots are gone. Non white skins in particular, need to be very careful in managing the condition.
Check with your GP and ensure they give you products that stop the spots from getting too big and purulent. Go to a professional beautician once, and learn good skin management.

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