I've had problem skin since I was born and having sampled more products than I care to remember
Same here. Had bad acne throughout my teens and get the odd breakout still
Spent shit loads on products over the years but as I'm broke I've had to reign in what I buy.
No hating on buying Aesop and the like, would probably do the same if I had the disposable income!
Lab series power wash, Men-u matt moisturiser, tea tree soap and some of those body buff gloves work a treat with a decent diet and a minimal lactose intake.
Spots have never been much of a problem for me, I had pretty brutal eczema as a child and I've more or less grown out of it over the years - still get the occasional little flare up though and still got sensitive skin. Have to use cortisone creams from time to time but try to avoid, often it's the only thing to curb it though.
I use Sanex Sensitive or Moisturising in the shower, Headlube Matte on my head and face to moisturise (started using it for my head but it turns out to be an excellent one for my face too) or Olay Beauty Fluid for Sensitive Skin. I use E45 Body or Palmers Coco Butter on the rest of my body.
One thing I do find is that generally when I switch to a different product after a few months my skin seems significantly better for a while, so I tend to keep switching back and forth - definitely works for me.
The other thing is a sun tan, pretty much get 100% clear and perfect skin once I get a decent tan on the go.