I hope you’re grateful for my endeavors. When he goes to get ready for bed, tired after a long day, I make my faithful guinnea pig boyfriend, Theo, test out the fancy skincare aimed at clearing up his complexion.

R: “Have you double cleansed?”
T: *Looks guilty*

R: “Can I put a facemask on you?”
T: *submits, knowing resistance is futile*

R: “How different did it feel using a Konjac sponge to cleanse?”
T: *Struggles for any vocabulary other than ‘clean?’

I think that deep down he loves it though, especially when I spray toner on his face and he looks like this:

Here are a few excellent spot treatments we’ve tried lately that have got his skin on the right track…

Burt’s Bees Anti Blemish Purifying Daily Cleanser


The main ingredient here is salicylic acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, which acts as a natural exfoliant on skin to help unplug follicles and clogged pores.

The smell is…medicinal. Not in a remotely harsh way, but it still says, “I mean business!” It gently foams in a very satisfying way to anyone who has very oily skin, or spends a lot of their time in the polluted city – but it’s not at all harsh or stripping, either.

Despite being tough on spots, this is also lovely and gentle on the complexion and didn’t result in any taut or dry patches. I can imagine really appreciating this product when I had acne as it does really take action on spots but still leaves the skin calm and soothed thanks to evening primrose.

£11.49 from Burt’s Bees

I recommend you: Wet skin with with warm water, massage this product onto your face (avoiding the eyes) then brush your teeth. After which, remove with a Konjac Sponge…

Bamboo & Charcoal Konjac Sponge


Wow! If you have troubled skin, I recommend one of these konjac sponges in every ‘port’. One at home, one at work, one in your gym bag (if you can hang it somewhere to dry, of course!).

I’ve already praised the benefits of the konjac sponge for my skin – gentle cleansing, thorough on getting all make up off (including stubborn mascara), pH balancing for skin and biodegradable as it’s made from konjac vegetable fibres.

This particular konjac sponge contains activated carbon. This is rich in minerals and helps absorb toxins and excess oil. As it’s a natural antioxidant, it helps kill the bacteria that causes acne.

Best of all, for anyone who has very oily skin, it feels exfoliating, like you’re really getting the excess oil and dirt away – without stripping the skin or over exfoliating. It leaves skin feeling like it can breathe, and also really helps fight spots. That’s why I recommend one in every port – Theo is always cycling, running, stressing and wreaking havoc all over our polluted city – using this each time he washes means he can cleanse effectively and kindly throughout the day.

Just do make sure that you thoroughly, thoroughly wash these each time you use them to avoid spreading bacteria.

I recommend you: wet with warm water, a squeeze out excess water. massage over the face in small, circular motions to get rid of any product on the face. Each time you move to a different area on the face, give the sponge a squeeze and get some fresh water on it.

Make sure you hang it somewhere it can dry, but not by a radiator as it makes the sponge shrivel up into a little kidney!

£8.99 from The Konjac Sponge Company.

We follow up with Avene’s Cleanance Expert on any blemishes, which helps reduce the actual spots and prevent further breakouts.

Rebecca x

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