Tips on How to Get Clear Skin


how to get clear skin

Sometimes it’s hard to know what your skin really needs to be as healthy as possible. Every day we’re bombarded by marketing hype for various skin care and cosmetic products, as well as advice from social media influencers and other beauty gurus.

So, what does the research say your skin actually needs? What helps and what doesn’t in the quest for clear, radiant skin? This article will help answer those questions by providing the best evidence-based tips on what you can do to get the glowing complexion you want.

1. Wash your face twice a day

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If you’re prone to breakouts or have oily skin, don’t skimp on washing your face as part of your morning and evening skin care routine.

In a study that focused specifically on face washing, participants were asked to wash their face one, two, or four times a day for a six-week period.

At the end of the study, there was a significant improvement in the acne lesions of those who washed their face twice a day. The participants who only washed their face once a day had the greatest increase in pimples.

2. Use a mild cleanser

The aisles at most drugstores are packed with all sorts of facial cleansers. Trying to figure out which one is right for you can be overwhelming. When it comes to choosing the “best” cleanser, fancier may not necessarily be better.

The studies included everything from cleansing bars and antibacterial soaps to cleansers that contained alpha and beta hydroxy acids. While this may be disappointing if you’ve spent a lot of money on an expensive cleanser, the takeaway here is that keeping it simple is probably best. A mild cleanser without a lot of ingredients and fragrances can work just as well as more expensive options.

3. Apply an acne-fighting agent

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), many topical therapies can help fight acne. The key to finding the most effective one for you is knowing what type of acne you have. Depending on the type of acne you have, the AAD recommends the following:

  • Comedonal acne (blackheads and similar bumps). Look for products that contain retinoids like adapalene gel (Differin).
  • Mild acne. Topical benzoyl peroxide can help fight mild acne, either on its own or together with a topical retinoid.
  • Inflammatory acne. Topical dapsone 5 percent gel is recommended, particularly in adult females.
  • Acne with scarring. Azelaic acid preparations can help reduce acne and the risks of acne scarring.
  • If you want to simultaneously target different types of acne, the AAD recommends using a combination of benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, or adapalene gel.

Using these treatments together may dry out your skin, so be sure to use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

4. Apply a moisturizer

How does a moisturizer help keep your skin clear? Well, if your skin is excessively dry, it may try to compensate for the dryness by overproducing oil. The result? Breakouts.

Like cleansers, moisturizers don’t have to be expensive or filled with fancy ingredients. More importantly, look for a moisturizer that’s noncomedogenic. This means it won’t clog your pores.

If you have oily skin, moisturizers labeled “lightweight” may be best to prevent a heavy, greasy feeling. Some people find they have to switch to heavier moisturizers during the winter months when cold, dry air can leave skin feeling tight and dried out.

5. Exfoliate

Exfoliation can help remove excess dead skin cells. If these cells stay on your skin for too long, they can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Having a buildup of dead cells on your face may also make your skin look dull, flaky, or prematurely aged. The following exfoliation methods may help clear away dry and dead skin:

  • a 2 percent salicylic acid mask
  • a 10 percent or less glycolic acid mask or lotion
  • a motorized facial brush

For chemical exfoliants, like masks or lotions, aim for once or twice a week. For physical exfoliants, like scrubs or brushes, aim for three or four times a week. Start with fewer exfoliating sessions and work your way up to prevent over-exfoliating.

These are some tips that will help you get a clear skin.

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