What Are Tips For Clear Skin?
by Chelsea Lettieri
Top 8 Tips for Clear(er) Skin!
As you may or may not know, dermatology is one of my passions. For this reason, I decided to write about my top 8 tips for clear (or clearer) skin. I have struggled with moderate acne in the past, so I understand how frustrating it can be to find a solution. Here are some tips that I have found helpful in my skin care journey and as a La Roche-Posay Be Clear Ambassador.
1. Less is more!
Less really is more when it comes to skin care, especially if you have acne or sensitive skin. If you use a ton of products, it can irritate your skin further and cause more breakouts. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser and avoid physical exfoliators (scrubs).
2. Be an ingredient detective.
Look at the ingredient lists of skin care and makeup products before purchasing. There are websites you can visit which will rate ingredients on comedogenicity and irritancy. These are not full proof, as some ingredients that are rated high on the scales may not break you out or vice versa, but it’s a good starting point. Some people also break out from silicones, such as cyclopentasiloxane, which is not rated comedogenic.
3. Check your products.
If you have acne around your hair line and forehead, it may be caused by your hair products. Washing your face, chest, and back after using shampoo and conditioner can help reduce breakouts caused by hair products. If you are breaking out around your mouth and chin, your toothpaste may be to blame. Check the ingredients to identify what could be breaking you out.
4. Avoid fabric softeners or dryer sheets.
They leave residue on sheets and towels and the ingredients may irritate your skin, especially if it’s sensitive. Also be sure to look for fragrance-free laundry detergents.
5. Hands off!
I know it is extremely hard, but try your best to avoid touching your skin or picking at pimples. It can cause more breakouts and scarring.
6. Clean your cell phone and change your pillowcases often!
Handling a dirty cell phone can cause a variety of problems and can even aggravate your skin, so make sure to disinfect your cell phone daily. Dirty pillowcases and sheets can also contain bacteria. Try to change your pillowcase every other day and change your sheets once a week.
7. Make dietary changes.
If your acne is hormonal, certain foods may be causing or contributing to your acne. Dairy and high glycemic foods, such as complex carbohydrates, can affect hormones and cause breakouts. In general, eating a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants, contributes to good overall skin health.
8. Keep a skin care journal.
Keep track of products you are using and any dietary changes you have made, so that you will know what is helping or hurting your skin. Make sure to only make one change at a time and give it at least 2 weeks before making another change. If you make too many changes at once, it will be hard to figure out which product or change made a difference in your skin (whether it be a positive or negative one).
I hope you found these tips helpful! If you try all of these out and are still having issues with acne, I recommend seeing a dermatologist.
Chelsea is a Be Clear Bootcamp Ambassador and La Roche-Posay has provided her free products to sample.
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