Don't fret, I'm aware it's of little consolation, but you're not alone, because acne is very common.
It's down to genetics. It's likely that you suffer from it because one or both of your parents did too when they were teenagers. Don't despair - 90% of teenagers get spots, but there are also other things that you can do to help treat them.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water - this helps wash away impurities.
- Use other exfoliants and medicated facial washes - I'd recommend clearasil, because I used it as a teenager and it helped me. These are better than normal soap, because they remove excess spot causing oils and bacteria more efficiently, and avoid over-drying.
- Dissolve some aspirin tablets in the water you wash your face with to help dry your skin
- Make a paste from baking soda and water, dab a bit on your spots and wait a few minutes, then scrub your face with more of the paste and rinse. This exfoliates dead skin cells, loosens blackheads and leaves your skin smooth.
- Apply a dab of toothpaste (the paste kind, not the gel kind and not the tartar control one, as the chemicals are too harsh) or some manuka honey to you spots and cover with a first aid plaster before you go to bed. This helps dry the spots out quicker.
- Apply a dab of cortaid to spots to reduce tenderness and swelling.
- Apply some witch hazel to your skin with a cotton wool ball or pad to remove excess oil.
- Coat your face with a thin layer of PVA glue and let it dry, then peel off - this exfoliates your skin. It's water soluble, so will wash off easily.
- Add a teaspoon of epsom salts and 3 drops of iodine to half a cup of boiling water, allow to cool, then apply to the clogged pores. Repeat 3-4 times, reheating the solution if necessary.
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then apply to your face with cotton wool to re-adjust your skin to the correct pH.
- Dab some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton wool pad or ball and rub on your face to cleanse your pores.
- Mix a teaspoon each of corn starch with lemon juice, apply to pimples and let dry - this helps the spots dry quicker.
- Apply some liquid shoe polish - the pipe clay and zinc oxide dries the spots and helps bring them to a head
- Dampen a tea bag with hot water (don't wring it out) and apply as a compress
- Put some mouthwash (not cool mint, as it contains sugar) on your skin with a saturated cotton wool ball or pad, wait for the tingling sensation to stop, rinse with warm water, then splash your face with cold water to close pores.
- Dab some neosporin on the affected area - the antibiotic helps clear up acne.
- Make a bowl of porridge according to pack instructions, apply to your face, cover with a flannel dampened with warm water and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. Apply for a week or as often as needed - this dries the skin.
- Dab some Vics VapoRub on the affected area to help.
- DO NOT pick at, squeeze or burst your spots - this will spread bacteria which will only make them worse and can lead to scarring.
- Resist the temptation to cover the spots in a load of makeup - doing so will make it worse.
- If you do use concealer, put a swipe on the back of your hand, then apply with your finger. Applying it directly with a stick or the wand will contaminate the rest of the makeup.
- If it's really bad, consult a dermatologist for help.
Hope this helps.
Joey Green's Amazing Kitchen Cures (book)