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Six things to do for clearer skin

 It takes effort, patience and diligence to get clear skin (Photo: Shutterstock)

We all want clear skin. Too bad a magic wand won’t make it happen.

It takes effort, patience and diligence to get clear skin. Sadly, you may be doing everything right but your skin just won’t let you thrive. One minute you have the glow, the next day you're battling pimples.

Before you give up, there is hope.

Whether you’re fighting acne, blackheads or pigmentation, here a few things you can do to revive your skin back to perfection.

Use a gentle cleanser

When you’re trying to get rid of acne chances are you will be tempted to wash your face every other hour your face feels sweaty. Don’t.  

Stick to washing your face twice daily - morning and evening using a gentle cleanser targeted for your skin condition.

Don’t layer up different kinds of products on your face in the hopes of clearing out your skin faster. This will make it worse. Pick one cleanser specially formulated to treat acne and stick to it.

 If you want an instant refresh, rinse your face with cold or cool water (Photo: Shutterstock)

Rinse with cold water

If you want an instant refresh, rinse your face with cold or cool water. Not only does it reduce puffiness, it will tighten the appearance of your skin and calm any inflammation you may have. And if you can, go ice cold water.

Hot water on the other hand leads to dehydration and continuous use may weaken your skin barrier. This may aggravate your skin problems like acne.

Use non-comedogenic products

If you have seen this printed on beauty products what it simply means is, it won’t clog your pores. The name actually stems from comedones which is technically another name for pores. If you have problems with acne and breakouts, these are products you should look for in makeup and skin care.

 Eat foods rich in vitamin C like oranges that have anti-aging properties (Photo: Shutterstock)

A skin care diet

What you eat will always play a huge role on how your skin looks. The more water you take the more hydrated your skin will look. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like oranges that have anti-aging properties. 

On the other hand, certain foods will wreak havoc on your skin. Carbohydrate rich foods, dairy, saturated sugars and fats will cause your skin to flare up.

For that reason, you need to make the right steps towards a healthy diet to aid your body fight the free radicals from within.

No picking

Hard as it may be to resist popping a pimple, don’t do it. You will expose it to more bacteria probably from your hands increasing the chances of scarring and infection. 

If you really want to do something about it, apply spot treatment or reach for an acne clearing mask or peel.

Another quick fix is applying ice directly on the zit. This will help decrease the inflammation, reduce the size and visibility of the spot.

 Ensure you wash and change your bedding at least once a week (Photo: Shutterstock)

Keep your pillow case clean

How often do you change your bedding?

Pillows and bed sheets are a breeding ground for dirt, oil and bacteria from our hair, faces and surroundings. 

Ensure you wash and change your bedding at least once a week and invest in a silk pillowcase which is less harsh to your skin and hair.

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