So most of the time your skin skips along quite happily, then all of a sudden, for all manor of reasons, the face breaks out in spots.. nightmare.
My tip for solving this problem as quickly as possible, is not to over react with your skincare. The typical response is to change to a face wash that focuses on spot treatment. But this can strip the skin of natural oils, which causes your sebaceous glands to increase oil production in order to compensate. Or, you change your products altogether causing the skin goes through a period of resettling, which can itself promote breakouts.
Ultimately you want to try to achieve an equilibrium with your facial skincare. Avoid using products that may irritate or dry out your skin. Avoid products that contain any of my usual list of questionable chemical ingredients. Keep your routine simple by investing in a decent face wash/cleanser and use a decent moisturiser. If your skin is particularly dry or troubled, consider introducing a serum at night, together with your moisturiser. I’ve reviewed quite a few serums on this site.
If you’re a regular sufferer of facial spots and break outs, consider the blemish prone ranges from REN, Neals Yard, Balance Me, Alva, Essential Care and The Green People. Also consider the Medimix Face Wash. If your issue is spots on the back, shoulders and chest, then it’s Medimix Soap.
On the topic of spots. I am still amazed at how many people I know cured their own spots (myself included), simply by using nothing but water . No face wash, no soap, no moistuiser, nothing.. just water.
Also, if you’ve got teenagers using those popular supermarket spot treatment brands, do me a favour and CHUCK THEM ALL AWAY NOW!!
Finally, don’t expect a quick fix, it can take at least a month to settle your skin into a good routine, so find products you like and stick with them, at least until they run out.