posted on April 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Achieving a bright and clear complexion may seem like an impossible feat, but here are 8 tried-and true tips that helped me stay in the clear.
1. Use a glycolic acid product. I can’t stress enough how beneficial this is to get beautiful, glowing skin. Try using a face wash with this main ingredient, or a moisturizer with glycolic acid. But not both at the same time! I absolutely love Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel. Since I’ve used it, I’ve noticed my skin looks noticeably brighter and smoother.
2. Sulfur is your friend! Although Benzoyl Peroxide is a strong ingredient for fighting acne, I’ve noticed that it can leave my skin red and irritated. A better option that works even stronger (In my opinion!) is sulfur. Dab a little bit on the blemish and it will reduce dramatically even in one night. Clearasil makes a great one that’s even tinted so it’s not obvious, and you can wear it during the day too.
3. Pick a foundation without Dimethicone. I had to find this out the hard way. I used to use Maybelline foundation and L’Oreal, and although it made my skin look flawless when I wore it, it made me break out. I researched why this was happening, and it turns out Dimethicone is used in a lot of drugstore foundations, and is a trigger for acne. Once I switched to an all-natural powder foundation, my skin cleared up dramatically. I use one by Mineral Fusion and the shade I wear is Olive 1.
4. Clean your makeup brushes! Bacteria and excess oil from your skin stays on these brushes, and can clog your pores, which cause breakouts. It’s so important to clean them regularly either with a gentle hand soap or specific brush cleaner. Also, clean your cell phone with antibacterial wipes and change your pillowcase often.
5. Exfoliate regularly. It’s important to slough off dead skin cells, so your skin is rejuvenated and fresh. I used to use St. Ives Apricot Scrub on my face for this until my dermatologist told me it’s too harsh. This is because the granules are too big, which can cause damage to the skin. The best one I’ve used to exfoliate is Uskincare Bamboo polish.
6. Use Retin-A. If your skin is persistently breaking out and all else fails, make an appointment with a dermatologist and ask about Tretinoin, which is a Vitamin A product that helps banish bacteria. The great thing about this is you’ll notice a visible difference how much better your skin looks in just a short amount of time.
7. Take Minocycline. This is an anti-bacterial pill taken orally, and will really help with acne.
8. Wash your makeup off every night! You’ve heard this a zillion times, but it’s so crucial to let your skin get a chance to breathe from all the makeup. Plus it only takes two minutes. So no excuses!
Everyone’s skin is as unique as they are. Is there a product that you’ve tried that worked wonders for you? If so, what’s your skin type and what is it??