i am only 19 y/o, but have had REALLY bad spots, not all the time, but more often than not, i will have at least 1 spot on my face. started out in puberty as it normally does, but i had alot of doozies. i also make a bad habit of popping spots...i know i know, i shouldnt really touch, scratch, pop or poke spots, but i also suffer (it hasnt been confirmed, but i have alot of the symptoms) from sociaphobia and anxiety, and leaving a white head on my face makes the "what do people think of me when they see me" thing much much more worse, hightening my anxiety and sociaphobia. i barely leave my house, and when i do, i keep my eyes down so i cant see anyone lookin at me (i cant stand not knowing what people think of me), im also a very shy, quiet and nervous guy, with no self confidence at all. but, i think your guide really can help me. i seem to be doing the opposite of alot of your "cures".
i never thought it was my razor that was giving me spots, but have noticed after shaving, i will get a few more spots, especially on my chin and jawline, so i will definately be cleaning my razor with alot more elbow grease. and with the aftershave, if i go out i use aftershave (i smoke, which could also be contributing towards spots. i know i shouldnt smoke, but if i didnt, i think i'd actually go insane). spots also appear where i shave and use aftershave (jawline, chin, around my throat)
also, about the hair. i have fairly long hair (fringe almost touches the tip of my nose) but my hair is never covering my face, and i also sleep on my side (i've never been able to sleep on my back, ever). my sheet do get washed every week, but, i also wear gel in my hair if i leave the house, which stays in my hair over night as i shower pretty much as soon as i wake up everyday, but i do use a fresh towel each time (1 guy 3 girls in a house seems wrong to share towels between genders). i also use soap if i have a wash on a evening/night, but no flanel or anything, as i read somewhere they can actually make skin ailments worse, as they can be full of germs, so i havent used them in a long time. also, after every shower i moisturise my face (not in a girly way haha) but i feel it helps even the textures of my face, and makes spots look a little worse. i also use (dont laugh 8| ) mud mask stuff on my nose, as i have very large pores and where a majority of my spots have been and left alot of terrible scarring, but i also have a tip or two too share aswell at the bottom.
i dont take any sorts of medication, altho i was prescribed anti depressants in december just gone, although there werent any problems with my skin.
i actually really like your little guide, i've looked plenty of times on the net for "help from home" tips for reducing acne, but all i got were self help books etc.
i have 2 tips i try and they seem to work (they wont stop acne, but can help reduce it slightly, im my personal experience).
Firstly, when washing your face, try to use cleansers that have "micro beads" or w.e society has managed to invent, or as a cheaper option, get something that has quite large grains, i myself tried salt and sugar (not mixed). place a small pile in the palm of a cupped hand, and then put a small amount of shampoo, showering gel, face wash gel, just anything that is used for CLEANING, and mix them together in both your hands and apply as a normal face wash, really scrubbing around where spots appear most, and rinse VERY thoroughly.
this is where the second tip comes in. after washing your face (im guessin its with warm water), run the cold tap until the water if quite chilled. then simply splash it over your face. sure, it'll give you a little shock, but this does help. warm water relaxes the skin muscles and opens up your pores. cold water does the opposite. tightening clean pores is better than open clean pores.
a little tip for people like me who have to pop spots...this could be something that might be in a medical cabinet or somethign as it is anti bacterial solution. it's ( im pretty positive, although it has been a good 4-5 years since i have seen it) hydrochloric solution (mine was 5%). once you pop a spot, apply a bit to a cotton bud, toilet paper (finger tip works best, when its clean of course) and simply rub it over the open spot. it may sting a little, and most likely, the open wound will most likely turn white and look as though you've had napalm dropped on you, but dont worry, it will subside after 5-15minutes. im not exactly sure what this does scientifically, and i cant get what it does in order, but the anti bacterial solution (spots are caused by bacteria dont forget) starts a chemical reaction with the water in the open wound (not sure what its called, like, the white bloodcell stuff or what ever that helps in healing processes) and this destroys bacteria. with this, i found spots recovered a hell of alot quicker, although it may be safe to make sure your not allergic, i took a risk, saw "anti bacterial" "hydrochloric" and "5%" and thought i'd give it a go, and luckily it worked, although the whiteness that first appears made me almost lock myself in my room and throw away the key, but thanked the heavens when it subsided.
terribly sorry for such a long post, happens with every forum i go to really...
hope i have helped people in some way