The simplest fix ever for preventing winter spots.

By Lynnie | October 4 2012 | 17 Comments

The changing seasons aren’t only a pain in the hoop where sartorial choices that might have a hope of coping with the Irish weather are concerned: my skin is already complaining like a Liveline caller about falling temperatures outdoors and the switch-on of central heating indoors. Predictable problems at this time of the year include things like desiccation/dehydration courtesy of the elements and can be often be managed simply enough with a few tweaks to your skincare routine (there are loads of great tips to be had in our previous winter skin savers posts.)

Treating spots effectively without further irritating skin can be a bit more of a nuisance, but there’s an easy preventative measure that can help some seasonal spots from putting in an appearance in the first place.

Wash all your winter scarves, snoods, and anything else you might bury your chin in to hide it from the cold right now and regularly throughout the season. Do the same with the hats and headbands you’ll probably be wearing daily between now and next April.

It’s a rudimentary sounding fix, I know, but since these kinds of outerwear accessories don’t really get dirty, it’s easy to make the assumption that they’re clean. The truth is that the invisible-to-the-naked-eye accumulation of miniscule detritus like make-up and oil and dead skin cells – oh my! – on what looks like a clean scarf or the headband of a hat spells trouble for chins and foreheads.

I’m mortified to admit that I slung on my favourite scarf a couple of weeks ago without following my own advice and was rewarded with a chinful of lumps and bumps. What’s worse is that it was only really when Himself complained one day recently that my scarf was making me spotty that I was shamed into washing it. (I know. Gross. But it’s so cosy, I can hardly bear to do without it for any length of time.)

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17 Replies to "The simplest fix ever for preventing winter spots."

  • ZsaZsa says:

    This does help – if you think about it, scarves and hats are so closes to our faces, it’s only inevitable that this happens! I always wash mine regularly! It just makes sense!

  • roxette says:

    Great tip! x

  • *Aisling* says:

    I spend the winter with a scarf around my face – but I never made the connection – TIL NOW!

  • LynnieDoll says:

    I’ve got a right whopper on my chin this morning, haven’t worn a scarf yet but am now going to do a wash tonight with them all in it. Time to get back onto the evening primrose. Feckin hormones.

  • I feel like a dumb dumb for not copping on to this before!!

  • Sabrina says:

    So true. Imagine the dust they gather, yuk!

  • Eos says:

    I started doing this a couple of years ago and noticed the difference so definitely worth doing!!!

  • Hazie says:

    Ahhh, lightbulb moment! Thanks Lynnie.

  • littlesis says:

    how have we not thought of this?! My chin is my spotty zone too…

  • LippyLou says:

    Great tip Lynnie! I’m also noticing a trail of spots along my jaw line where my earphones wire is normally. Thinking I need to give that a clean as well!

  • jessabell says:

    Tis the same with the bed covers etc.. I used to only wash mine every two weeks because i hated dressing the bed again lol but since ive started to do it weekly (at least the pillow cases if im being lazy) ive noticed a big difference in my skin. I would have known in the back of my mind abou the scarfs and hats but not its front centre and will be doing it this winter for sure!

  • Charli says:

    My 21yr old son changes his pillow case every night for the same reason!

  • Therese says:

    Awesome tip, once I’d FINALLY clocked this a few years ago it made a huge difference, especially in eliminating those huge woppers you get on your chin, right on the jawbone.

    I too change my pillow cases every week and another thing to watch is washing your dressing gown/bathrobe. Easy to get all snuggled up in it week after week and forget to chuck it in the wash!

    Cleaning my sunglasses is something I’m religious about now too, I get those little antibac wipes and do them at least once a week. You’d be amazed how much crap gets on there and leads to lovely my case right on the bridge of my nose. Ouch!

  • MissNoStars says:

    oh god im soooo thick. I’ve manky spots on my chin like seriously manky and I was blaming it on hormones/ eating junk food and actually….now that I think about it…..I started wearing a scarf around the time I got them! Im always cold so was also wearing said scarf pretty much all day

  • Cassie says:


    Sometimes I’m astonished by my own cluelessness.

    Feel free to point out more obvious-yet-completely-obscure things! The health of my skin and beauty depends on it.

  • Thank you so much for the tip! I am also basking in the terror of the winter season. I have the same problem, regarding winter spots. Now I know just what to do. Thanks again!

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