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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??

    Nicole Weider is a Salem, Oregon native who moved to Los Angeles and quickly found success as a fashion model at the age of 17. Today, Nicole is an active wife, mom, producer, actress and author and has made it her mission to share her personal story, the bright moments and the challenges, with young women around the world.


    1. I decided to try sulfur too since Benzoyl peroxide also made my skin irritated. Sulfur is way better in my opinion, and gets rid of a zit fast!! Nicole- a good vitamin supplement to take for helping stay clear is Zinc. It’s researched and is a proven acne-killer.

    2. Nicole what specific face wash do you use? I use one by Neutrogena, and it hasn’t really helped make my skin any better. It’s the Oil-Free acne wash. I want to try something else, but don’t know where to start. Thanks!

      • Hi Aexa! What’s interesting is on a regular basis I just use Cetaphil, but every other day I also use Neutrogena’s grapefruit cleanser which has 2% Salicylic acid in it to keep my skin clear. I then apply the glycolic acid serum every other day, and use tretinoin 2x a week. Doing this regimen has made my skin look its best in a long time.

    3. Breaking out sucks. I’m currently wearing Maybelline dream foundation and no wonder my skin isn’t improving. What type of face wash do you recommend, and where can I buy one that has glycolic acid in it?

    4. Hi! I used to use Benzoyl peroxide, and I HATED it. So, now I use Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash. It smells really good, and it washes all the oil and dirt off your face. It’s super effective!

        • Yep it does now in stores they have nutrogena grapefruit cleansing WIPES!! So at school when my face gets oily I just wipe my face with it and you see all the first and oil on the wipe! It cleans the trash out of your pores and it’s super refreshing!

    5. I think these tips are really great! All except for the daily antibiotic pill. I took these when I was younger, and they made me very sick because they end up destroying the friendly bacteria in your digestive system over time. So, I would stick to the great topical tips here 🙂

    6. I just wanted to say my generic tube of Retin-A is a miracle in cream form. But a note to those who are going to/just started using it: for the first few weeks, it will actually make your skin peel, get red, and seem to aggravate and worsen the condition. That’s normal. Stay faithful every night no matter what, and after a while the peeling and redness will be gone, and the acne will begin its wondrous decline.

    7. I don’t have acne, but I DO have some sorta comdition that gives me lil red bumps, but I’ve had them for a while, and I can’t get rid of them! And it acts up a LOT in winter……Any advice?

    8. It’s called Cera Ve. They gave me the cleanser and the cream. Even when I use it for 3 months everday, it is still there……And they SAID it should be gone by now….And no, I haven’t tried Minocycline. Where can I get it?

    9. Hi Nicole 🙂 i break out real bad and im really dark so acne leaves blemishes..i went to the doctor and he perscribed epiduo but that stuff made me start peeling so i stopped using it…i wanted to try proactive i read on the website that it takes 3months for that to work so my sister recomned for the darker skinned girls to use ambi…you can get that at like walmart and walgreens…im going to start using Neutrogena 3 step..hope it works 😀

    10. I’ve been struggling with acne since about sixth grade, and I’m about ready to give up. I used proactive, but it barely helped with my acne, it just made my skin dry and irritated. Most make-up makes me break out, and a lot of face washes just dry out or irritate my skin. Recently, I’ve been using a facial mask by Avon and it actually doesn’t irritate my skin. If it doesn’t work, maybe one of these tricks will help me. Thank you for posting this! 🙂

    11. I have fair skin that isn’t oily and actually more on the dry side, and I’ve started using Neutrogena Clear Pore Daily Scrub. I use it every morning and night, it has 3.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and little beads. I used to have awful breakouts and this works wonders. 🙂

    12. Currently I am on a acne pill called “Isotretinoin.” The process is quite annoying and very specific, but well worth it. There are many possible side effects that could happen and things to be aware of, but so far it has worked wonders! I have had terrible acne all thoughout high school and my Dermatologist has prescribed me with many different things. This was my last option, and I am so glad it is finally clearing up! It feels great to look fairly normal again! I have light or fair skin by the way…

    13. I have had acne for over 7 years now and have been to the doctors, but nothing seems to work! Do you know if these tips will help with red scarring or indents? Mirco. didnt seem to help sadly because of the mix between acne/red dots/scares.

    14. Have you heard of the company Doterra? they have many essential oils products and some of these products are for skincare. I recommend Doterra clearskin foaming face wash and clearskin topical blend. the essential oils in the products are gentle for people with sensitive skin and really make your face feel clean. I use it regularly and it really helps clear up my super oily skin!

    15. I use the Neutrogena complete acne kit. The face wash has those little scrub bead things that get rid if dead skin, and it works really well. My friends have even noticed!! but i have skin that gets dried out easily. so i use it only every other day before bed, otherwise my skin gets flaky in some areas, but nothing a bit of lotion cant fix! Whenever im not using Neutrogena though, i use CeraVe moisture wash or another kind that i cant remember what it is called. it really has done a lot. im going through those teen years where acne is coming at me full force, and it has reduced the size and frequency and amount of the acne. i love it, though it hasnt cured my acne.

    16. Thanks for these tips! I found out about the dimethicone from one of your articles awhile back and switching to a natural foundation has helped SO much.

      Tea Tree Oil is also very helpful. Once you feel a pimple coming just put it on and it usually goes away within 12 hours. It also helps clear already existing pimples faster. It’s a natural alternative to Benzoyl Peroxide. The bottle is 8$ and can be found in the vitamin isle at Walmart, it lasts a long time, all you need is a little bit on a Q tip 🙂

    17. Hey! Thanks for posting this stuff. I’ve had acne since I was 12 and even though I eat right, drink plenty of water, change my pillowcase often, only use mineral powder and I’ve tried numerous all-natural skin care regimes, I still, at 16, have acne. It’s hereditary! 🙁 But lately I’ve been using Burt’s Bees acne wash and lotion, along with Hydrogen Peroxide as my toner. It’s working fabulous! 🙂 Also, I’ve heard that a natural alternative to Retin-A is Rose Hip Seed Oil. It has the same compounds and works faster… I haven’t tried that yet, but many people are saying it really helps! Homeopathic sulfur tablets work wonderfully, too! Thanks again, Nicole! 😀

    18. Where can I find makeup that doesn’t have dimethicone but isn’t too expensive? I usually get my makeup (I use covergirl foundation) from Target, and every single brand that I saw there had dimethicone in it.

    19. Something that is super weird but helpful is using this spray that is actually for my newborn sister’s bottom. BEFORE you freak, it is all natural, and one of the first ingredients is witchazel. If you can find an all natural product that has this in it, it might help. This spray clears up my breakouts almost overnight!

    20. Hey Nicole! Thanks so much for the tips! They’re super helpful (: I have a question though, do you know how to get rid of dark spots from pimples. I usually don’t grow many because I am a freak when it comes to taking care of my face, but whenever I do get pimples they leave a mark. 🙁 Do you know what I can do to make that go away?

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