Beauty & the Bike

Beauty and the bike: How to banish helmet forehead spots

Cycle helmets are wonderful things – except when they give you a spotty forehead.

Inundated with requests to help you combat those irritating blemishes, Adele Mitchell, beauty editor is on hand to show you how to keep your skin clear no matter how hot and sweaty your lid leaves you.

Keeping skin happy and healthy is tough when a helmet cocoons your head for hours on end. The trapped heat and moisture, as well as pressure from the chin strap, can leave you looking like a pubescent teenager.

Follow these quick and easy tips to banish those zits forever.

1. Clean your helmet lining on a regular basis.

Do this by simply washing your helmet in water using a mild soap of shampoo. There’s no need to remove the lining first, just ensure you give it a good rinse afterwards as any shampoo left behind may irritate your skin the next time you start to sweat.

2. Keep your fringe off your forehead.

If you sport a fringe, try and keep it scraped back otherwise sweat and oil from your scalp will work their way down the hair and onto your forehead.

3. Try a headband, skull cap or bandana.

The best are designed to be worn under a helmet and are made from wicking fabric to help cope with moisture. They’re also easy to wash, or even change mid ride, and help keep your hair out of the way. This one from Castelli for £17.00 is a great option.

Castelli Summer Headband, great for combating blemishes.

4. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse

Cleansing on the go:

Cleanse on the go with these purifying wipes.

Cleanse your skin as soon as you take off your helmet. If you’re on the go then the best way is with facial wipes. Dermalogica Skin Purifying Wipes are pricey at £14.40 for 20 wipes, but contain Salicylic Acid, an effective treatment for spots, to help wipe away the grime.

Cleansing at home:

Jack of all trades, master of all apparently!

At home, you need a cleanser that will target potential breakouts. Tea tree oil is a natural essential oil known for its natural antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Try Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Gentle Cleansing Milk, reasonably priced at £11.05 (250ml).

You can also use tea tree essential oil as a treatment for spots, bruises and blisters, cuts and grazes, ingrown hairs, insect bites or as a repellent, shaving rash, pre- and post-waxing and after – pretty handy for cyclists then! Give Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil a go, for £5.10 (10ml).

Origins Out of Trouble

Origins Out of Trouble £20 (100ml) is a 10-minute mask that contains super-absorbent zinc oxide, sulphur and camphor to tackle excess oil, grime and dead skin cells in the time it takes to wash your bike. Their Super Spot Remover for £13 (10ml) is also a best-selling blemish treatment gel with Salicylic Acid, designed to speed-heal individual spots.

The Dr Nick Lowe Anti Blemish range is a dermatology-led skincare range based on more than thirty years of research and testing. Sebum Control Cleanser (£10.49 200ml) contains salicylic acid, willow bark and witch hazel, arnica and skin-friendly vitamins. Apply with a cotton pad – there’s no need to rinse off. The Dr Nick Lowe Spot Gel (£9.49 15ml) is a high potency anti-bacterial gel to apply directly onto spots.

Finally,  if your spots are still getting you down, it’s worth consulting your doctor. There are some very effective treatments available on prescription.

Don’t suffer in silence!

Headline image by ramtops via Flickr.


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