Weren’t red spots and blemishes supposed to stop around the time we finished high school? Turns out, not so much.

We’re pretty good at keeping our skin clean and healthy: a consistent cleansing and exfoliating routine, good-quality moisturisers, eating well, staying hydrated, regular trips to our skincare professionals… But that doesn’t stop the odd pimple (always at the most inopportune time) ruining our day. So what are we doing wrong?

The clever ladies at Elle chatted with some experts to find out. Here are 4 ways to avoid breakouts, including being more careful with your hair products and washing your pillow case more often.