As the Heat Wave Continues, We Discover a Link Between Sweat and Clear Skin

As someone who has suffered from acne for a long time, I have always been wary of sweating. For some unknown reason, I have always associated sweat with spots. Whether it's that spot that appeared after a particularly sweaty boxing class or the gleam of perspiration that seemed to spur on my blemishes on holiday. However, it seems that sweat might not be the problem.

According to Bustle, a 2013 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences stated that when you sweat, your body produces an antibiotic called dermcidin—an antibiotic that protects the skin from bacteria, killing it upon contact. The study also revealed that dermcidin can kill off fungi and is better than medicine because bacteria can't develop a resistance to it. Mind blown.

And there's more. As well as targeting the cause of spots, it also prevents them too. Dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD, told Women's Health that sweat can actually improve your complexion by acting "as a barrier" to outside bacteria. So it seems that sweat is not the cause of those post-workout or holiday breakouts—they could have been sunscreen- or skincare-related. That's not to say I'll be ditching the SPF on holiday, but I might forgo skincare before my next workout. I definitely won't be so quick to blame my sweat for my spots now.

Keep reading for the fast-acting, blemish-busting tricks we've gleaned from our Facebook beauty group The British Beauty Line.

Sometimes it feels as though your complexion has a direct line to your social calendar because sure enough, as soon as you have a big day planned (such as a wedding or party), it goes into complete meltdown and a spot rears its ugly head. So what do you do (apart from cry a little)? Firstly, don't panic. It is never as bad or as big as you think it is. Next, it's time to make some savvy skincare decisions, as well as decide whether or not to pop said pimple.

Considering they're some of the most clued-up beauty users we've ever come across, we went to our dedicated Facebook group, The British Beauty Line, for some answers. A hotbed of brilliant product recommendations, as well as tried-and-tested DIY skin hacks, the members of our group have the answers for any beauty dilemma you might face. And when it comes to the question of how to get rid of spots fast, they have some pretty useful answers, too.

We've called out the best spot treatments as advised by TBBLers, and below, we've even asked an expert how to get rid of spots quickly—so consider this ultra-comprehensive spot guide.