7 Steps to Clear Skin
Are you tired of pimples? Do you want to face the world with confidence and clear skin? You can get rid of acne with the following techniques:
- Cleanse and exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. Once in the morning and once before bed should do the trick. Be sure to use a cleanser that will cater to your skin’s needs as well. Neutrogena makes a wide line of skin care that can tailor to you whether you have dry, oily, or normal skin. Also, be sure to pat (not rub!) your face dry with a clean towel and follow up with an oil free moisturizer (Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $25, is great if you have oily/combination skin like me!).
- Hands OFF! Constantly touching your face/picking acne scars is a recipe for a skin disaster. Not only are you spreading bacteria to your face, but also this can induce infections and ultimately lead to increased scarring.
- SPF. Another way to prevent scarring is to always wear a sunscreen that is sensitive- skin friendly on your face before sun exposure. My favorite is Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, $10, by Neutrogena. Not only does this sunscreen protect, but it also doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy like most sunscreens out there. Plus, this sunscreen comes in a wide range of sun protection frequencies (from SPF 30 to 100+) so anyone can use it regardless of how much protection you need.
- Stay Hydrated. While it is important to consume at least 2.2 liters (9 cups) of water a day, it is just as important to limit the amount sugary beverages consumed as well.
- Spot treat. On the Spot acne spot treatment, $7, by Neutrogena can help dry up occasional breakouts without causing redness or irritation.
- Be aware of surfaces. Be sure to disinfect/wash all surfaces your face touches on a regular basis to avoid breakouts. This includes cell phones, pillowcases, make-up tools, and headsets.
- Remove all makeup before going to bed. Removing makeup before going to bed is essential, as your body tries to repair your skin while sleeping. Makeup worn while sleeping can trap dirt and oil close to your skin and cause breakouts, so be sure to remove all traces of face and eye makeup before sleeping. Try using a micelle solution (translation: oil/liquid combination makeup remover) such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($7.99, drugstores) combined with a gentle cleanser designed to remove makeup, such as Philosophy’s Purity. Made Simple ($22 for 8 oz, Sephora)
- Antibiotics. If you continue to suffer from acne that seems to be incurable, talk to a dermatologist about using prescription antibiotics to clear your acne. Antibiotics have been used for many years with minor side effects for most people.
- Accutane. While Accutane may come with severe side effects, it has the ability to treat acne that has not responded to antibiotics. Accutane may not be a permanent cure and is highly regulated because it may cause serious side effects and birth defects. I took Accutane myself and it made me moody and lethargic for a while, but it helped me get rid of my acne for good!
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