How to get Clear Skin?
There are a lot of people that find it difficult to get clear skin and who struggle with acne or blemishes on their skin.
Each skin is unique therefore skin care tips to maintain each skin type is different. In fact ways to get and maintain clear skin depend on the person's skin type. Sometimes it is also hard to know what your skin really needs, if only your skin could talk and tell us what it needs to stay healthy.
Let's not forget the constant bombardment with various commercials telling you what is good for your skin as well as advice from social media influencers and other beauty gurus telling you what's good for your skin.
So, what will really help you get clear skin?
Well, this blog helps answer all your burning questions by providing evidence-based tips on what you can do to get clear and healthy skin.
Wash your face twice a day
If you are someone who is prone to breakouts and your skin is oily or combinations skin. Then it is absolutely critical that you wash your face twice a day, in the morning and evening.
In fact studies have shown that if you wash your face twice a day you are less likely to get acne than if you wash your face once a day.
If you are outdoor or are working out and are prone to sweating, then make sure to wash your face after. Leaving sweat on your skin and allowing it to dry can make your acne worse.
Also, make sure to use a mild cleanser. If you are confused on what cleanser to use, then its always best to choose a cleanser that has few ingredients and no fragrances.
Avoid popping those pimples
As tempting it may be to pop those pimples. It is best to stay away from touching them let alone popping them. A pimple has trapped oil, sebum and worst of all bacteria. Popping it, releases the liquid and exposes the bacteria in it to your surrounding skin, making it more likely for you to get more pimples. The exposed pimple can also lead to permanent scarring.
It's best to leave it alone and let your body heal it naturally. In fact pimples are a way for your body to naturally heal and remove the bacteria and dirt from your skin. If they drain on their own then make sure to keep the area clean.
Apply a moisturizer
Don't underestimate the use of a moisturizer. If you have excessively dry skin then it works well to use a moisturizer to compensate for the dryness. Else your skin may overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness resulting in breakouts.
Like cleansers it is best to use a simple moisturizer with less ingredients and one that is noncomedogenic.
If you have oily skin then look for a moisturizer that is 'lightweight' to keep your skin hydrated but not greasy.
It's important to regularly exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. If they stay on your skin for too long they can clog your pores leading to acne. So, it's important to regularly exfoliate to remove the buildup on your skin. This will also help revitalize your skin and reduce the dullness and flakiness.
So, how often should you exfoliate. Well, this depends on the type of exfoliation. For chemical exfoliants you should do it once maximum twice a week. For physical exfoliants like brushes or scrubs you can do it three to four times a week. Be careful not to over exfoliate
If you have active acne then we recommend that you discuss it with your dermatologist before using exfoliants on your skin as it can make your acne worse.
Get sufficient sleep
Lack of sleep could also be a reason for your breakouts. According to a recent study, more than 65 percent of the participants who said they were tired also had acne. Not getting sufficient sleep can make the body release inflammatory compounds. This could lead to acne on your skin and breakouts. So, in order to avoid this you should aim for seven to nine hours of good sleep everyday.
Use makeup that won't clog your pores
You should use the use the right product for your skin especially when it comes to makeup. A 2013 study found that people who use cosmetics are more likely to have breakouts.
Make sure to use products that are noncomedogenic and oil-free.
Always wash your hand before applying makeup and make sure to remove it before sleeping. Also make sure to regularly wash your makeup brushes on a weekly basis.
There are several studies that point out the connection between acne and stress. If you are in a stressful environment then look for healthy ways to de-stress. There are several options
exercising regularly for 30 minutes
doing yoga or meditating
writing it out or listening to soothing music
The sun's ultraviolet rays can be very damaging to your skin. So, make sure you are wearing sunscreen indoors and outdoors as it helps protect your skin from such harmful rays.
What should you take away from all this
Well, when it comes to getting clear skin you should be careful to what you put on your skin - using the right moisturizer, cleanser and make-up goes a long way. This helps keep unwanted dirt and bacteria away from your skin.
Your lifestyle also matters like getting good sleep, not taking too much stress can make a huge difference on your skin.
If despite doing all this nothing works then make a appointment with a dermatologist.
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II DISCLAIMER: Every skin is different, not everything works for everybody. I recommend you test the product before completely using any new product. II