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8 Secrets to Having Clear Skin

By on August 22, 2017
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No matter what you call it — blemishes, zits, pizza face — one thing’s for certain: nobody ever warmly welcomes acne. For some, bad skin is unfortunately a lifelong diagnosis. But others can easily score clear skin by making a few tweaks to their daily lives. Read on for eight simple ways to improve your skin.

1. Kick junk food to the curb 

You know, you know: junk food is the edible enemy. But after a long, stressful day of work, you simply can’t resist that bag of chips or a pint of ice cream. While you’re aware that these snacks have “a moment on the lips, but a lifetime on the hips” quality, they can also hinder your skin. Research shows that some of your daily indulgences such as sugars, processed meals, and dairy can lead to poor skin. Why? According to The Huffington Post, sugar is converted to insulin once ingested. Too much sugar results in inflammation all over your body. And guess what has tons of sugar? Processed meals like chips and pasta.

2. Wash your face

It sounds obvious, right? Before you chalk this tip up to a no brainer, be honest with yourself: Do you ever actually wash your face at the end of a long day? Sure, you may have the cleanliest intentions; however, it rarely turns into a reality when all you want to do is rest your head on that plush pillow. But when you think about it, do you really want to sleep with all that daily grime on your face? Um, gross. Instead of leaving your cleansing ritual to the last minute, wash your face as soon as you get home. Consider it a small pampering session after a stressful day at the office. When it comes to picking out the perfect cleanser that won’t make you break out even more, shop around for a pick that’s either made of natural ingredients or targeted for sensitive skin — both options tend to be less harsh on acne-prone faces.

3. Resist the temptation to pop

There it is, just staring at you in the mirror. The further you analyze that pesky whitehead, you quickly realize that it’s about to pop. So why not end this facial torture by squeezing the oil out with your fingers? Not so fast. While we’ve all experienced the utter satisfaction when a blemish is popped — and thus seemingly gone forever — the truth is that you could be causing more harm than good. “Popping your pimples will only result in inflammation, scarring, and yes, more acne,” writes Allure. To get rid of pimples quickly, recommends dabbing on a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to the problem area. The cider will help kill off unwanted bacteria and, if used modestly, will cause minimal irritations.

4. Switch your toothpaste

You’ve probably heard of dabbing toothpaste on your blemishes for a quick fix, but did you know that the product you use to clean your pearly whites may actually be the source of your pimple problems? While those fresh-breath, whitening, enamel-building variations make your teeth camera ready, they can also have harsh side effects for your skin. “Those with tartar-control ingredients or added flavors, like cinnamon, may contribute to a common skin condition called perioral dermatitis. ‘It looks like pimples, redness, and scaling around the mouth,’” Lisa Donofrio, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine, tells Real Simple. If you find yourself cursed with unwanted problem patches around your mouth, swap your fancy toothpaste for a frills-free alternative. Let’s face it: a clear mouth will make your smile ten times better.

5. Don’t stress

As you very well know, there’s a laundry list of reasons why you shouldn’t stress: heightened blood pressure, headaches, inefficiency, and stress eating, to name a few. Sure, you may seem calm, cool, and collected when you’re a bundle of nerves, but a dose of stress acne is a dead giveaway. That’s right, stress equals pimples.

6. Catch up on your zzz’s

Way back when, during infancy, all you did was sleep all day. Oh, the life. Now, it feels like you barely get any shut eye. Between perfecting your presentation at work to a late night out with friends (followed by an early morning in the office), you’re well aware that you don’t clock in the recommended eight hours of sleep each night. While coffee and a really good eye cream can help you not look and feel like a total zombie the morning after, the blemishes that result from too few hours of rest are more difficult to mask.

According to Porcelain Face Spa, a lack of sleep promotes stress, which tends to lead to an increase in cortisol. More cortisol equals more sebum that, if you’ve been paying attention, causes acne. We want you to have fun and thrive at work, dear reader, but sleeping the zits away is an easy solution. Set a strict bedtime for yourself that will allow eight hours of rest and relaxation. Whether that means waking up early to finish that project or only grabbing one drink, you’ll feel refreshed the next day.

7. Drink green tea

Watch out coffee, there’s a new preferred caffeine drink in town. Whether iced or hot, green tea has a bounty of perks: Time reports the drink can boost exercise endurance, improve bone density, and provide prevention and treatment for neurological diseases such as Alzheimers. As Acne Einstein claims, green tea also possesses powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation (a.k.a. acne). Quitting your precious morning coffee cold turkey may be almost impossible, so why not integrate green tea into your afternoon ritual? A plus since you’ve been looking for a way to get energize during the mid-day slump. But before you place your order with your barrista, request a sugar-free brew. In case you didn’t remember from our first trick, sugar also has the tendency of causing blemishes.

8. Wipe your smartphone

Deny it all you want, but we know that you’re attached to your smartphone. Let’s be honest: It’s probably by your side as your reading this (or perhaps you catch up with us on your iPhone or Android). On a daily basis, you probably send about 100 texts and emails on your cell as well as press it up against your cheek for those on-the-go calls. See where we’re going here? If you think about how many germs are transferred from your fingers and the atmosphere to your phone, it’s a little disgusting.

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