- Use a clean wash cloth each time you wash your face. Tedious it may be but you won't want to be re-washing your face with your spotty germs! I recommend buying a bulk load of muslin cloths from Mothercare, Boots or Liz Earle. Wash them all once a week with your white wash and start again with a basket of fresh cloths.
- Be gentle. Invest in a good cleanser like Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish or Cetaphil. No harsh chemicals like in Clean & Clear or Clearasil. You'll only dry out your skin so much that it will over produce oil and you'll be back to square one.
- Never underestimate using a moisturiser. It might seem mad when you're fighting oil and spots but as the point above if your skin doesn't get enough moisture it will produce more and more sebum and therefore make spots worse. Your skin needs to find a happy balance. You can use an oil free one by all means. Liz Earle do a very nice oil free moisturiser which is called Skin Repair Light, I've used it in the past and highly recommend.
- Do not pick a spot. You risk it becoming infected and leading to scarring. Go to a dermatologist for advice and they can show you an extraction method.
- Make sure your bedding is washed at 60 degrees really really regularly. Your pillows and top of your duvet can spread bacteria when they touch your face during the night.
- Clean mobile phones with antibacterial wipes or sprays. Again these touch your face and get hot so can also spread germs.
- Eat and drink a more natural diet. It's just better for you full stop.
- I really recommend Origins Spot Remover for on the spot treatment. You apply a tiny amount on a cotton swab to the affected area. It stings like a biatch but you know it's really working! Pure Tea Tree oil is also great applied in the same way (use a new cotton swab for each blemish).
Finally, when ever my skin acts up I always go to Liz Earle, all the products are great, in particular Cleanse & Polish, Skin Repair and their Deep Cleansing Mask. Also if you ever get a chance do get a facial at their Kings Road store, you wont be disappointed!