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8 Clear Skin Secrets!

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??

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  1. Dee

    Posted by Dee on October 12, 2012 at 19:51

    I use cetaphil face wash for sensitive skin. I LOVE lovelovelove it. I have horrid acne, or at elast I used to. I’m still not perfectly clear, but my skin is much better now. I’m also using equate (yes I know, I’m a cheap-skate)Daily rejuvinating serum. It’s really nice. It made my skin noticeably more glowy, and helped to heal up old acne scars.

    I spent the last two or three years taking antibiotics for my skin. All it really did was make the bumps less red. I was also worried that bacteria might become resistant to the ones I was using. (I was taking amoxiccilin for two years. The doc finally prescribed me something else. I’m so glad.) Also, I’ve found that NO foundation looks good on my skin, and most of them make my acne worse anyway. So I just don’t wear it. I’ve got hipster skin. It doesn’t quite fit into a “type”. Grrrrrr. haha

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by romanlove13 on September 16, 2012 at 12:29

    Ive tryed a lot of products for my face and nothing seems to help. I don’t have bad acne but when I get them it bothers me and I don’t wear make up so I don’t have anything to hide the redness. Anybody have any suggestions??

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on September 5, 2012 at 13:47

    two words.. PROACTIVE!

  4. luv4christ

    Posted by luv4christ on September 4, 2012 at 16:29

    This is really good advice and I might try it onw day. Thank you, Nicole!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by BreJoy123 on September 4, 2012 at 14:07

    I have fine skin and one thing that has been a blessing for my skin is lemon juice , odd right, but it works wonders i feel like my face just glows after using it a couple of times! 🙂

  6. xSheax101

    Posted by xSheax101 on September 3, 2012 at 23:25

    Some people don’t like it, but I loveee Proactiv. It works magic. I started using it day and night, and In two days my face started clearing up. I dont have like super bad acne just small breakouts so it helps a lot.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by LacyPaste on September 3, 2012 at 18:37

    Awesome! I have off and on days. I could have a pretty much clear face with a couple bumps that can be easily hid and aren’t red.. and then there are days -like today- where there are red spots all over my forehead and cheek. Urg. This is so helpful!!! Thanks!

    On a side note, can someone – ANYONE – post something on dark circles and bags under the eyes? Make up isn’t helping much and even though most of my friends say they don’t see anything or not much, I’ve had people point out that its obvious and its super embarrassing. Help?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by LizzyB739 on September 9, 2012 at 12:40

      Having lots of sleep really helps. I also struggle with dark circles and the days when it is most obvious is when I don’t get enough sleep! Also, Bare Minerals(really great makeup!)has a great under-eye powder called Well-Rested. It doesn’t magically erase dark circles, but it does work very well! Hope that helps!!!

  8. kara719

    Posted by kara719 on September 3, 2012 at 16:10

    Retin-A is bad. It’s a skin-thinning drug that can cause peeling and inflammation. I learned about it at my cosmetology school.