We all want to take the best care of our skin possible, however when it comes to learning how to get clear skin, things can be complicated with all the information that’s out there. It can be pretty confusing on exactly what you should be doing to achieve clear skin, especially when you’re desperate for help and are willing to try absolutely anything to get that glow up!
Personally whenever I look at skincare I have a few goals in mind for myself. Those goals are to achieve clear skin, prevent acne breakouts, maintain an even skin tone, prevent hyperpigmentation, repair and prevent sun damage and prevent aging and maintain firm, youthful looking skin.
Now I’m aware that you’re probably most interested in knowing how to get clear skin if you’ve come here. However, I have included some tips in this post that can also help you take preventative measures in maintaining your skins health and glow. Please remember, that I am not a dermatologist or any kind of skincare specialist, these are just my own personal tips that I am sharing with you as someone who has struggled with acne and bad skin in my past. I hope they help you to achieve clear skin!
1. Upgrade Your Skincare Routine
First things first. In learning how to get clear skin, you’re gonna have to upgrade your skincare routine. I know it may seem like a no brainer to wash your face twice a day and slap on some moisturiser, but there’s A LOT more you could be doing to achieve clear skin! Many times the products we use on our face are just not compatible for our skin types or we’re just be combining them the wrong way.
Recently I’ve been learning a lot about how and when to combine AHA’s, BHA’s, Serums and the works into my skincare routine. I know how complicated it may sound so I’ve linked a few basic videos down below for that you can learn from. This is just to get you started and point you in the right direction! There’s so much were not taught or ever told about so I highly recommend starting with the video/channels!
2. Stop Using Harsh Products
A big no, no is using products on your face that are harsh or contain fragrance. Anything that causes your skin to react to it is not good for your skin. If a product leaves your skin with a slightly burning or cooling sensation, that means it is causing your skin to have a reaction. Aka, not good for your skin!
Another thing that we all are guilty of doing are those DIY, at home face masks. These are really bad for your skin! The products we often use in these masks like sugar, coffee grounds and so on are very stripping to the skin. A lot of the recommended items like lemons, banana, etc. are also really harsh to ever be using on your skin. Any mask in fact, that peels off your skin, contains granules that scratch the surface of your skin, or causes your skin to react in anyway, are definitely something to stay away from!
3. Be Gentle With Your Skin
Imagine what your skin will look like 30 years from now if you’re constantly tugging and pulling at it everyday! Yikes. Don’t do this. The skin on your face always needs to be treated extra gently, especially around your eye area. This is where your skin is at its thinnest layer. Constantly treating your skin really aggressively each day when apply products, doing your makeup, etc. will add years of fine lines and wrinkles to your face. So stop doing unless you wanna age real quick!
If your goal is to know how to get clear skin, then avoid unnecessarily touching your face all the time throughout the day. Unless you’re applying products or washing your face of course. The bacteria on your hands from touching things all day, can transfer from your hands to your face, and that’s never a good thing! Also, avoid having your hair in your face. The oils and dirt from your hair can transfer from your hair to your face as well.
4. Consume More Protein
As women our bodies need more protein than men. There are tons of health benefits I can get into, but for now all you need to know is that protein does a lot to maintain the collagen in your skin. Therefore, it prevents signs of aging for longer! Who doesn’t want that? If you’re into maintaining your youth and preventing aging, you can also look into buying collagen protein powders. These aren’t just good for your face but for your overall health too and can really improve the texture of your skin!
5. Take Daily Vitamins
A lot of people who manage to achieve clear skin usually take vitamins like fish oil, magnesium, vitamin D, folic acid and zinc. Now of course, I’m no esthetician so please do your own research before considering any of these! However, these vitamins are usually known to help clear up the skin and contribute to hair and nail growth for women. If you’re planning on taking vitamins for your skin, it can help to reduce acne breakouts, clear acne scars and improve the skin’s texture for a more dewy, glowy look!
6. Stay Hydrated
Hydration is so important in knowing how to get clear skin! Our bodies need water to constantly flush out unnecessary toxins on a day to day basis. Remember, whatever goes on inside always shows up on the outside too! So be more aware of your daily water intake. Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day on average will really help your body flush out those bad toxins. If you’re someone who struggles with acne breakouts or overall bad skin texture, make sure to load up on the water. The result of bad skin conditions could be because of those toxins on the inside.
7. Avoid Direct Sunlight
First of all please always use sunscreen! I cannot stress this enough. If you’re out in the sun especially, but even if you’re inside the house. Yes! Even inside, because the sun’s rays are that strong. You may not realise it but it can still cause sun damage to your skin.
Another thing you might want to be aware of is that the sun is the number one cause of aging. Isn’t that insane? It can literally add years to your face! Now this doesn’t mean that you have to hide away in darkness all your life, but simply be aware of not going out into direct sunlight, more especially when the sun is at its strongest between 10:00am – 14:00pm.
8. Avoid Sugar, Coffee and Alcohol
You don’t have to necessarily cut these out of your life completely but it would be best if you could. Sugar, coffee and alcohol literally cause your skin to breakout and also contribute heavily to dehydrating your skin and cause aging. There’s literally nothing good to benefit from these things, especially if you’re often consuming all three. So be more aware of your intake and try to reduce it, especially if you’re struggling with acne. This could be the cause.
9. Practice Selfcare
You’re probably thinking this has nothing to do with your skin, but it does. In fact, our of everything you’ve read so far this may be the most important factor in learning how to get clear skin. You see, your wellness matters because it affects both your mind and body. The two are interlinked, always remember that.
Whenever you’re stressed, crying yourself to sleep every night or going through something that emotionally wrecks you, it takes a toll on your mind and manifests through your body. As you know by now whatever happens in your body, if not taken care of and dealt with, can manifest on your skin too. I don’t need to explain this because I know we’ve all noticed this when we’re going through things. So be aware of how much self-care you’re giving to yourself and I promise you, when you feel good, your skin will look good!
10. Be Aware Of Spiking and Crashing
Whenever we eat anything that contains carbs and sugars this make our insulin levels spike up and crash down. Now picture yourself going through a whole day eating all sorts of junk food, at random times. You’re basically causing your body to spike and crash all day. This then shows up on your skin, especially if you’re insulin resistant.
You have to be more aware of what you’re putting into your body and when. It’s okay to do this perhaps once a day when a craving kicks in or you just want a slice of toast, but it’s so not okay to do this all day, everyday to your body. So in case you were wondering why coffee, alcohol and sugar makes you break out, here’s your answer to knowing how to get clear skin!
11. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
This goes hand in hand with selfcare. Prioritise working out and getting enough sleep and in general just taking better care of your body and health. If you want to know how to get clear skin then you have to know how to take better care of your overall physical health to.
12. Know Why You’re Breaking Out
An important thing to be aware of whenever you see your skin acting up, is to understand ‘why’. Was it something you ate that day or night before? Was it a product you used on your face that doesn’t agree with your skin? Were you maybe spiking and crashing all day?
You can also look at which section of your face you’re breaking out in and try to understand what your body is trying to tell you. A rule of thumb is that if you’re breaking out of the top half of your face, its your eating that’s the issue. If you’re breaking out on the lower half, it means its an hormonal issue like perhaps your period.
13. Treat PCOS or Hormonal Acne
If you’re doing absolutely everything you can to get clear skin and nothing is working out, you may have an internal issue going on. Personally when I had acne and it got to its worst point, I found out that it was because I had PCOS. However, after going on the pill fro almost three years to balance out my hormones, my skin got a lot clearer. In fact, I hardly had acne at all afterwards! You should of course, still consult a doctor before doing this. However, like I said before if nothing is working, it may be your body trying to tell you that something bad is going on inside!
That’s it for now, remember to just be patient with yourself whenever you’re trying something new. Things take time but you will eventually see changes and results! If you don’t just try something else that works or try to understand whats going on inside that causing your skin to react on the outside. I hope this helped you learn a thing or two on how to get clear skin!
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Alana – Mae