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Figuring out how to get clear skin can feel like a huge undertaking. Many come to the dermatologist wondering what the secret is for how to have clear skin, but the truth is that most of the secrets are just common sense!
Even if it’s a cloudy day and you don’t plan to go outside, put on SPF! The reason is that SPF can also protect your face and neck from UV rays coming through windows, and SPFs with iron oxide can also protect your skin from blue light. That’s right, even within your home, the blue light emitted from computers and smartphones may be aging your skin.
Sleeping in your makeup is not a great idea because it means you missed out on your evening cleanse and moisturizing routine. This is a common trigger of acne breakouts. The makeup clogs one’s pores, which triggers an inflammatory reaction and buildup of bacteria. We often see patients with bad unilateral facial acne from falling asleep with their makeup on. During the day, a non-comedogenic, powder foundation is better.
One of the best tricks for how to get clear skin is double cleansing – particularly for those who wear makeup during the day.
The reason is that the first cleanse just removes the makeup, dirt, and excess oil from the skin, whereas the second wash does the job of lightly exfoliating and nourishing the skin. For the best effects, use a gentle cleanser and an oil-based cleanser. While you may feel the urge to use a strong cleanser to address acne, the best clear skin products are gentle.
Again, you might be tempted to pick away acne or pop blackheads, but this can lead to major damage and scarring.
Beyond using clear skin products, finding healthy ways to manage your stress can go a long way. For instance, quitting smoking and avoiding sugar and alcohol can lead to major improvements as well as prevent further damage.
More water in the body means more hydration in the skin. Many fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and healthy fats, like berries, nuts, and avocados, which greatly benefit skin health.
Among any good doctor’s clear skin tips will be making sure to get enough sleep, but also making sure your bedding is regularly cleaned. Considering we spend hours and hours per night with our face on a pillow, making sure that the pillow covering is regularly cleaned is a big deal.
Many also swear by using a silk pillowcase for the health of their face and hair. This is because friction with the tissue can pull and snag on the skin.
Products with vitamin C or retinol can be extremely effective in preventing and decreasing wrinkles, fine lines, and acne. Many products out there have these ingredients, so go with one that your dermatologist recommends, and always remember to patch test when using new products.
Dermatologists are highly trained doctors who specialize in maintaining and enabling skin health and overall appearance. If you’re interested in finding out more ways of achieving glowing, youthful skin, reach out to Advanced Dermatology, PC, today to book an in-person or virtual appointment.