First off, there is no magic bullet to attaining 100% clearer skin. If there were – and I knew what it was – I wouldn’t be writing this post. I’d be sitting on a catamaran off the coast of Key West because I just made a boatload of money.
I still struggle with breakouts. And to some degree I always may because I have very sensitive skin.
However, if you could have seen my skin in college versus now you would very impressed. Because by using the below techniques I have dramatically reduced my breakouts and have more good skin days than bad. Who knows, you may be one of the lucky ones that only needs to make a few of these changes to achieve flawless skin.
Ready to give them a go?
10 Ways to Get Clearer Skin That You Might Not Be Trying
1. Simplify your skin care routine.
Did you know many breakouts could have been avoided simple by being kinder and gentler to your skin? And yet, we keep scrubbing, wiping, scraping, and exfoliating in hopes of finding a magic concoction. Instead, try a simple face wash [like this one homemade Rose & Almond one, natural toner (like Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel) and natural moisturizer like grape seed oil.
Grape seed oil is non-comedogenic, which is just a long word meaning it won’t clog your pores. It is also packed with beta-carotene, and vitamins D, C, and E to help heal your skin. Unfortunately, people are still jumping on the coconut oil train to clear their skin but coconut oil is not non-comedogenic, therefore it WILL clog your pores if you have sensitive skin. We’ve all been deceived. But that’s okay because now we have grape seed oil which will not let us down. Spread the word.
2. Reduce or stop eating dairy.
That’s milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and even butter. I haven’t cut out dairy completely yet because I love it and it’s a good source of calcium. However, years ago I switched to lactose-free milk which greatly cleared up my skin. Now, I am trying my best to avoid all dairy milk because of the hormones. I can’t give up my cheese though. Do not make my give up my cheese. I guess I will have to suffer with the occasional break-out for this sin.
3. Drink Less Coffee and More Water
Ouch, this one may be very painful for some of you. But coffee is the enemy of our skin. It dries out our skin from the inside out. And yes, you’re probably sick of hearing you need to drink more water, but it’s for good reason. Water flushes out your skin, revealing a clearer face.
4. Clean your phone and other electronics that touch your face.
I don’t even want to think about all the gross things (bacteria, germs, you name it) flying around in the air that land on my hands, and then on my phone. Because that yuck can wreck some serious havoc on your skin. Wipe it down weekly or daily with a little rubbing alcohol and cotton ball.
And while you’re at it, stop touching your face. We unknowingly touch bacteria and germs throughout our day, and then also transmit them to our face when we touch it. Try to be aware of this bad habit, and make sure to wash your hands frequently too.
5. Lose the hairspray.
A couple weeks ago I tried a new hairspray, and yet for a few days couldn’t figure out why I had broken out. This may sound extreme, but when I realized it was the hairspray I went ahead and threw it out. Did you ever have bangs when you were younger, hairspray the heck out of them and also have frequent breakouts on your forehead? Yup, same concept. If you absolutely need hair products, try out some more natural ones that won’t irritate your skin.
6. Stop eating or greatly reduce your sugar intake. This right here is not only my biggest weakness, but unfortunately, biggest culprit of my breakouts. Whenever I eat too much sugar my stomach hates me, but also my skin. I have a weak spot for chocolate and peanut butter but always regret it the next day.
Seriously sugar is awful for our skin and although I would never suggest cutting it completely out, I would recommend reducing your intake if you prefer to have clearer skin. Try making this healthy green juice instead – which also clears skin because of all the goodness inside!
7. Use an ice facial.
Yes – this is awesome! Whenever you start to feel a breakout coming on, just hold an ice cube on it for up to 20 seconds and you can seriously kiss it goodbye. It’s like magic.
8. Make a DIY Turmeric Mask.
This is my newest favorite DIY beauty product. I use it once a week and as I say in the post, my skin is amazing the next day.
9. Try Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera is MY Magic Bullet for clear skin. Gel or juice is fine but buy organic. I buy Lily of the Desert but sure there are other brands. Just make sure the one you get is food grade if you plan on drinking it!!
After I wash my face at night I just rub this all over with a cotton ball, go to bed, and seriously wake up with clearer skin. Plus, it dries quickly and isn’t stick. It’s probably one of my best kept secrets.
10. Eat more lemons!
Yes, this is an odd one, but I noticed that when I eat more lemons, my skin clears up. If that’s too much for you to handle, squeeze lemon juice into water and drink up on a daily basis. On that note, eat more fruits and veggies over all, too. Fruit and vegetables are the foundation of beautiful skin.