There’s nothing worse than waking up every morning to a face full of blemishes. Not only can blemishes feel uncomfortable, but if left untreated, can lead acne scars, insecurities about skin and ultimately low self esteem. That’s why it is important to understand how to keep clear skin.
Finding the right regimen to prevent breakouts and get clear skin will sometimes boil down to trial and error in other to find what works for you.
The most important thing is to do what you can to keep breakouts under control so that they do not lead to scarring which can be even more of a challenge to treat.
Thankfully, nowadays there are a multitude of treatment options to prevent breakouts and get clear skin. It is a good idea to seek the advice of a dermatologist or skin care consultant to discuss treatment options available and which one would be most fitting.
Here are some helpful tips on how to keep clear skin
1) Use an exfoliant regularly
In the article 6 ways to get smooth skin, I mention the importance of exfoliating. I absolutely cannot stress the importance of this enough especially if you have blemish prone skin.
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells, stimulate cell turnover and reveal new skin. If you’re looking for how to keep clear skin, this is a critical step, especially for consistent acne sufferers and should be done at least twice a week.
I also highly recommend against using the commercial skin scrubs as their granules are usually too large, which can potentially irritate the skin. Instead look for pharmaceutical grade scrubs which tend to have finer granules. In the article ‘How to Make a Face Scrub with Sugar‘, I give a tutorial on how to create your own natural exfoliating treatment.
2) Use a cleansing towelette prior to cleansing
Blemishes are often caused when dirt and oil becomes trapped under the skin. Blemish prone skin types often suffer from oily skin and that is because dirt and bacteria is attracted to oily, damp surfaces.
Cleansing the skin twice a day will help to keep the pores clean. On my how to keep clear skin quest, I discovered a method to achieve a deep cleansing treatment. This method work especially well for the makeup wearers. It is basically wiping the face with a gentle cleansing towelette prior to cleansing.
This helps to remove excess dirt, oil and makeup, and allows the foaming cleanser to penetrate much better. It is important to use a gentle, non-irritating towelette to prevent from over dring or irritating the skin.
Two of my personal favorites are Burt Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes for sensitive skin and Yes to Cucumber Facial Towelettes. Both products are fairly inexpensive and I found them to be extremely gentle.
One towelette is enough to do the job prior to cleansing.
3) Use a toner after cleansing
One major how to keep clear skin is the regular use of toners. Toners serve two main purposes, 1) they help to remove dirt and grime left over by cleanser and 2) they help to return the skin to its normal ph levels.
Returning the skin to its normal ph level is beneficial because skin that is off balance and for example too alkaline, increases its chances of attracting acne causing bacteria.
Healthy and normal skin is slightly acidic which helps it to fight off bacteria. Therefore, using a toner is essential to getting the skin back to a healthy state. I personally am a fan of natural witch hazel as toner.
4) Use a salicylic acid based moisturizer
Salicylic acid treatment is excellent for blemish prone skin as it is an exfoliating that is powerful at penetrating the skin and unclogging the pores.
Using a salicylic acid based moisturizer in conjunction with acne fighting treatments can work wonders. If you’re seeking how to keep clear skin, this treatment should be applied regularly to the entire face and not just spots.
If you are combining a salicylic acid moisturizer with other acne treatments, it is a good idea to use a gentle product that will not irritate or dry out the skin. I personally like the Clean and Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer with 0.5 percent salicylic acid.
6) Incorporate supplements such as Zinc
If you do decide to invest in a dietary supplement, one to look into is zinc. There are studies out there with great results in the reduction of acne with the intake of zinc supplements.
Interestingly, one study done in India even linked acne vulgaris to a deficiency in zinc. If you’re looking for more information on how to keep clear skin with zinc, check out, Acne.org, a notable acne support forum.
7) Avoid pore clogging products
The internet has done wonders in providing information on a wide variety of topics. For blemish sufferers, it has armed us with information we need to make smart skin care purchases.
There are so many products in the beauty market pitching to do this and that, and many of them filled with pore clogging ingredients that wreak havoc on our skin. For those of us with blemish prone skin, it is important that we steer clear of these products as they add to our skin care woes.
To do that, we need to know how to read ingredient lists of beauty products. In the article ‘Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid for Acne Prone Skin‘, I list 77 ingredients to watch out for when shopping for skin care products.
What tips do you have on how to keep clear skin? Please share in the comment box below
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