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Clear skin is considered one of the hallmarks of health and beauty and is sought after by all people of all ethnicities and ages. But achieving clear skin – and maintaining it – can be challenging for anyone, whether it's triggered by hormones, stress, environmental factors or even skin care products. The good news is, while there may be no single magic formula for how to get clear skin fast, you can improve your chances (and your complexion) by following these tried-and-true clear skin tips.
Beautiful, clear skin requires sticking to a daily skincare regimen, using the right skin care products for your skin type and/or skin problems, protecting your skin from sun damage, and keeping stress to a minimum.
Here are the 10 most effective clear skin tips:
Keep skin clean. If you want clear skin, you have got to have clean skin. Cleansing your skin is one of the most effective ways to remove the dirt and debris that can clog pores and cause irritation and acne. Unless you have dry skin, plan on cleansing your skin at least twice a day with a clarifying cleanser. Make sure you are also thorough rinsing your skin after cleansing – leftover cleanser can often irritate and exacerbate acne breakouts.
Be wise – moisturize! Did you know that most people who have oily skin in fact have hydrated skin? If skin is dehydrated it will actually produce excess oil to mimic hydration, this is why many people end up using little to no moisturizer which in turn, actually makes the skin more oily and more often than not, breakouts even worse! But don't use just any moisturizer; be choosy when choosing a moisturizer. A good moisturizer hydrates the skin without adding any excess oil. For optimal results and care, use a moisturizer that addresses problems unique to black and brown skin, such as hyperpigmentation, sensitivity and acne.
Act fast with acne. When acne develops on black skin or brown skin, it's much more likely to leave behind dark marks, dark spots and blemishes. To clear acne, you must first understand what triggers it. Hormones, topical medications, oily makeup and hair products and stress are the most common triggers of acne. A dermatologist can help you clear up acne breakouts by indentifying the source and prescribing a topical or oral medication. Another effective solution is Rx for Brown Skin's Acne and Dark Marks System, a 3-step, dermatologist-formulated acne system that not only eliminates pimples but also helps with the visible dark marks and dark spots left behind by acne breakouts.
Get excited about exfoliating. Exfoliating is a great way to gently slough off dead cells on the outer layer of skin to make way for clear skin. Your skin type will determine how often you should exfoliate, but in general, the more oily your skin, the more often you can exfoliate. Avoid exfoliants that contain granules, though. Granules can irritate black and brown skin and cause pigmentation problems. Opt for a cleanser, serum or mask that contains exfoliating ingredients such as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) instead.
Put pigment is its place. Hyperpigmentation (dark marks, spots or uneven patches) and hypopigmentation (white marks, spots or blotches) are especially heightened in black skin and brown skin. There are a number of hyperpigmentation treatments, including hydroquinone, glycolic acid, retinoids and topical steroids, which focus on evening out the skin tone. Rx for Brown Skin's exclusive Dark Spots and Tone Correcting System is one of the best solutions available without a prescription and we don't use hydroquinone, bleach or other harsh chemicals. With both hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, two things are critical: You must treat the underlying cause (acne, hormones, eczema, dermatitis) and you must wear sunscreen. Exposure to the sun can make dark marks and white marks worse.
Think oil-free. Oil-free cleansers, moisturizers, serums and other skin care products are much less likely to clog pores and cause blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Staying away from oily foundation and other makeup products is also a must.
Don't pick or pop. It's always tempting to pick at a scar or pop a zit, but if it's clear skin that you want, this isn't the way to get it. Picking your skin and popping pimples are two of the quickest ways to cause dark scars and blemishes. Don't do it!
Don't mix and match. Using a comprehensive skin care regimen, where the products work together, will give you the best results. Mixing and matching products can often lead to adverse skin reactions. Rx for Brown Skin's Acne and Dark Marks System is an easy, comprehensive regimen created to achieve optimal results and to reduce blemishes.
Don't scrub. Scrubbing or washing with hot water will only irritate skin and spread bacteria – making both the breakouts and potentially the dark mark that goes with it worse.
See the light. While it's true that black skin and brown skin have a natural sun protection factor of 13, the sun can still do damage. For people of color, exposure to the sun can trigger hyperpigmentation and make existing dark marks even darker. To get the clear skin you've always wanted, use a sunscreen with SPF 15 (or more) every day.