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How To Get Clear Skin

We all want clear skin and for the impatient ones, we want to get it fast! Unfortunately, there is no secret weapon to getting flawless skin overnight. Getting clear skin isn’t just about choosing the right skincare products to use – it’s also about keeping your lifestyle in check, too.

Here are some tips and tricks to help get your skin clearer a little faster – and keep it in the best condition possible.

Lifestyle changes for clearer skin Finding the treatments for clear skin

Lifestyle changes for clearer skin

Procrastination is never a good thing, especially with skin care. But leaving acne treatment to when it’s already surfaced isn’t a real solution either – the real solution for acne is being proactive. This starts with leading a healthy lifestyle that incorporates nutrition, fitness, sleep and meditation/stress management techniques.

Taking care of the following areas will obviously be of benefit to everyone but they are particularly beneficial for people with acne-prone skin.


You know the old saying “you are what you eat”? Well it turns out that there might be some truth to it. A recent study has shown that what you consume has the potential to lead to acne flare-ups. This doesn’t mean that you need to do a complete diet overhaul to get clear skin – instead, try cutting out a few key acne-provoking offenders.

What to eat:

Advice from the world renowned Mayo Clinic suggests a healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. This means that your diet should be filled with,

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean proteins
  • Fish oil or fish oil supplements (omega-3 fatty acids)

As well as eating right, remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

What not to eat:

Processed or refined carbohydrates: these insulin-spiking foods raise blood sugar in the body and more insulin means more acne.

Fried foods: deep-fried foods are loaded with trans fats that clog the arteries. Clogged arteries can lead to inflammation, which will promote acne.

Dairy: the intake of milk (especially skimmed milk) is generally associated with a history of teenage acne, as is the consumption of other foods that contain milk such as cottage cheese, breakfast drinks and cream cheese.


The human body naturally responds to periods of stress in a variety of ways, some of which can cause some serious unwanted side effects to your skin. Increased acne breakouts, dryness, irritation, or redness during periods of high stress aren’t just a coincidence. These symptoms stem from the release of various hormones when the body encounters stress – in particular, the “stress hormone” cortisol.

What does cortisol do to my skin?

In small amounts cortisol is a good and normal reflex to help us cope with stress and this is fine over a short period of time. When we’re subjected to long-term stress and high levels of cortisol there can be a negative effect on the skin. High cortisol levels prompt the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more sebum (oil). The additional oil clogs the pores leading to the development of inflammation and bacteria, resulting in breakouts.

Steps to manage stress

To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage your stressy.

  • Get enough sleep
  • Set reasonable limits
  • Scale back your to-do list and
  • Make time to do the things you enjoy

The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Working out

Hitting the gym is great for ticking that health and wellness box but if you don’t take good care of your skin during your workout, it could be doing more harm than good. We know the obvious health benefits but dermatologists will tell us we’re risking skin problems and acne if we don’t take good care of our skin when exercising. Ditch the makeup When exercising, go fresh faced. It can block your pores and glands, hindering your skin’s ability to breathe, which, in turn, can increase the chance of breakouts and blackheads and developing.

Forget the tight clothing

Exercise-induced breakouts are more prevalent on areas of skin that are covered by tight clothing, such as bra straps and waistbands. Where possible, avoid wearing clothing that rubs against your skin during exercise and ensure you shower straight after exercising and change into clean clothing. Always use a clean towel and don’t forget to wipe down gym equipment before and after use.

Finding the treatments for clear skin

Now that you know what type of skin you have and covered some lifestyle do’s and don’ts, it’s time to get to know how to treat it.

Clear skin products

There are loads of anti-acne skincare products on the market that will promise to give you clear skin, but before you pick up a product and start to decipher the label you need to know one thing – the ingredients.

What are the main anti-acne active ingredients to know in clear skin products?

Salicylic acid: This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and removes debris that clogs pores and causes acne. It also helps to reduce pore size, which stretches and gets enlarged with age.

Benzoyl peroxide: This key acne-fighting ingredient is perfect for the onslaught of acne breakouts. It penetrates into pores and kills bacteria, helping to clear up pimples and prevent new ones from forming.

Glycolic acid: This skin-loving alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) helps to keep your skin clear by exfoliating the skin and turning over dead skin cells.

What are the natural ingredients to know in clear skin products?

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant, which is well trusted and can be used on its own. It is also found as an ingredient in products specifically designed to get rid of acne.

Soothing natural ingredients: Witch hazel, green tea extract and aloe vera, have soothing qualities that have long been recognised for providing relief for such things as acne and burns. They are also excellent relief for painful and cystic acne.

What’s the best routine to keep skin clear?

Now that you know your ingredients, it’s time to implement a regime that includes cleansing, treating and moisturising. Here’s a basic clear-skin skincare routine that should be carried out every morning and night.

Clear Skin Morning Routine
  • Cleanse
  • Treat
    • After the skin has been cleansed, it’s important to treat acne-prone areas of the face and remove any acne-causing impurities and bacteria
    • Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide to kill the acne-causing bacteria living beneath the skin
  • Moisturise
    • Avoid drying out during the day by using a nourishing moisturiser. Hydrated skin looks healthy, smooth and even-toned
    • If you’re spending time outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays. After applying your moisturiser, follow with your chosen sunscreen and SPF
    • Make up (optional step)
      • After you’ve applied your sunscreen, you’re ready to put your makeup on
Clear Skin Evening Routine
  • Double Cleanse
    • After a full day out and about, try double cleansing to remove your make up, SPF and any pore-clogging impurities that might have built up over the day
    • Mask (every three days)
  • Treat
    • After the skin has been cleansed, it’s important to treat acne-prone areas of the face and remove any acne-causing impurities and bacteria
    • Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide to kill the acne-causing bacteria living beneath the skin
  • Moisturise
How long does it take to see results from a new skincare routine?

Although everyone’s skin different, by implementing a routine like the one above you should begin to see a change in your skin within about one to two months’ time (results may vary). We know that sounds like a long time, but it takes time for your products to give you the visible results you’re looking for. Acne doesn’t appear overnight – in fact, it’s a slow process that occurs over several weeks underneath the surface.

The most important thing to know is that you need to be consistent with your anti-acne skincare routine. Daily use will make those breakouts far and few between.

How to get clearer skin overnight

Unfortunately there aren’t any overnight miracles to getting clear skin. Because of this, you should just consider trying to reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimple.

Try: For whiteheads, clean the affected area the night before and use a drying solution (containing salicylic acid) on the whitehead to help reduce the size. In the morning try applying a soothing ingredient (such as aloe vera, camomile lotion) to reduce the redness.

How to get clearer skin in three days

Got an event coming up on the weekend, but a new pimple showed up three days before? How rude! But with three days up your sleeve, there is a little more room to clear up a pimple.

Try: Day one: Soften up the pimple by taking a hot shower (the steam will open up the skin). Make sure your hands are clean and gently extract the pimple (see a facialist or dermatologists if you don’t feel comfortable performing your own extractions). Apply your spot treatment to keep the area free of bacteria.

Day two: The area will likely be red and irritated. Keep the skin clean, apply ice to reduce swelling and apply a lotion with soothing ingredients (such as aloe vera, camomile lotion) to reduce inflammation.

Day three: By now the area should be calmer, but still irritated. Keep using the soothing lotion and your skin will be ready for some blemish-covering make up —

We all want to live a life with clear skin, but as you can see there’s so much more that goes into it than just washing your face. Keeping a balanced lifestyle and arming yourself with the best acne-fighting products well help get your skin clearer and in shape, for longer.

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