How to have clean and clear skin

We all know the saying, “Less is more”. Well, keeping your skin healthy on a day-to-day basis will actually save you LESS hassle in the long run. Who doesn’t have 5-10 minutes during the day to prevent hours of dreaded treatments later on? Here are 10 tips that will take you maybe 10 minutes to do in order to keep your skin clear and healthy:

1. Wear Sunscreen

Whether it’s in your makeup or you have to apply it; always, always wear sunscreen! We’re all aware of how the sun (and/or tanning bed) make us look and feel–“When I tan, my acne goes away because it dries up my skin”, “When I’m tan, I feel skinnier”, “Everything looks better when you’re tan”. No one can argue with any of those statements and its all true….for the time being. In the long run, (we promise) you will look and feel worse about your skin. Age spots, dark & light spots, sun damage, scarring, melanoma and yes, even acne all come from too much UV ray exposure. We aren’t telling you to hide in a cave and never go outside–we’re simply saying that less is more. Have fun in the sun, just wear sunscreen and be aware of the long term affects that the sun has on your skin.

2. Always Wash Your Face

There skincare products out there better than others (which varies from person to person), but no matter what you’re washing your face with, just do it. It’s as simple as that! There is makeup, like our Glo Minerals line, that are actually skin perfecting, so you can get by with the occasional, “I fell asleep in my makeup” oops. Washing your face should still be a must no matter what you have on your skin throughout the day. Your pores get clogged with dirt, oil, dust & makeup, so washing your face is always necessary even if you’re just wearing a tinted moisturizer during the day. And what’s better than going to sleep at night with a fresh, clean face?

3. Keep Your Pillow Case Clean

If you’ve never thought about this before, then think; how much dirt, oil, makeup, hair product & grime do you think are on your pillow case at this very moment?

According to Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, “Acne Mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase is not laundered or changed regularly, a build up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.”

We suggest washing or changing out your pillow case every 2-3 days. OR lay a clean towel down at night to block the dirt from getting to your pretty skin.

4. Keep Your Hair Out of Your Face

Any way to keep oil from getting into the pores on your face is a must! The longer and more hair you have, the more it’s going to fall in your face, (unless, of course, you wear it pulled back every day). So, for those of us who like to wear our hair long and lusciously around our face, at least keep it from touching your actual skin as much as possible so oil production doesn’t occur throughout the day.

5. Cut Back on Your Moisturizer

Many of us don’t realize that our skin produces natural oils in order to keep our skin moisturized. (Like a snake), we need to produce new skin cells and get rid of the old, dead skin.

6. Change Out Your Makeup Brushes

Even if your skin is “clean,” your makeup brushes are still collecting oil, dust, dead skin, and fallout from greasy hair products you spray around your mirror. The build up of all of this can cause your pores to clog, resulting in acne. We suggest cleaning your brushes with an (oil free) makeup remover wipe after every use. Then, for a further clean, soak brushes with anti-bacterial soap and let air dry on a clean towel–we suggest doing this every 1-2 weeks.

7. Buy Good Skincare Products & Makeup

Just like shopping for clothes, sometimes all we need is a nice expensive pair of ____ that will last forever! Our skin also has needs. Buying good smelling face wash and cheap makeup from Walgreens sometimes just doesn’t cut it. We aren’t saying to never buy products from there; we’re simply saying that you need to know what your skin likes and doesn’t like. No convenient store is going to have pure makeup that is skin perfecting, so its going to clog your pores.

“When I received my first peel from the natural look, Christine automatically knew that my skin was oily and hormonal without even having to dissect and touch my skin. At that point, I entrusted my skin into her hands. She told me the products and makeup she herself would use in order to get my skin looking great again (with no pressure what-so-ever).”

8. Drink LOTS of Water

Water is your skin’s best friend…now repeat that ten times! The skin is the last organ to receive the nutrients we consume, which means it’s the last to get the water you sip. When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time. (source)

9. Be Aware of What You’re Body Is Consuming

As mentioned above, the skin is the last organ to receive the nutrients we consume. The bottom line is that whatever’s going on inside your gut will eventually show in your skin.”

The 3 things we suggest you watch are:

  1. Alcohol intake- dehydrates the skin
  2. Sugar intake- gets into your bloodstream, making your insulin levels spike, which can aggravate acne, wrinkles and rashes
  3. Dairy intake- the hormone levels in milk may play a role in excess sebum production, which promotes acne. (try goat milk, unsweetened almond milk, or goat cheese instead)

10. Don’t Stress

Not stressing out is easier said than done. Stress causes more damage to our bodies than we think. When you’re tense, your body releases stress hormones including cortisol, which may increase the skin’s oil production, making you prone to pimples. Some things we suggest to avoid stress:

How to have clean and clear skin

We’ve been cruel, harsh and sometimes punishing in our quest for clear skin. But dermatologists are now encouraging kindness. We asked four of the top doctors how to achieve clarity once and for all.

1. DO: Use a Cleansing Brush

A cleansing device “takes off more dirt, bacteria and makeup from your skin,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. Cleansing brushes also exfoliate the skin’s surface, leaving it looking and feeling softer and smoother. Just be sure to use a device that’s designed for acne. Some bristles can be too rough, causing redness and sensitivity.

2. DON’T: Use Just Any Face Wash

Despite the common urge to blast away zits, Dr. Jaliman suggests a mild cleanser specifically designed for acne-prone skin . It seems counterintuitive, but any cleanser that strips the skin of its natural oils can kick up oil production, which often results in, yes, more breakouts. In other words, it’s the boomerang effect right there on your chin.

3. DO: Use a Toner (But Not Any Toner)

Skin-stripping high-alcohol toners are a bad idea for most people, especially those susceptible to acne. Instead, Dr. Jaliman suggests a toner with glycolic acid or salicylic acid morning and evening after cleansing to prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores. The right toner can also balance the skin’s natural pH level, soothe and calm skin, while reducing redness. Ahhh.

4. DON’T: Pick, Poke or Pop

Perhaps you’ve seen the unavoidable, stomach-turning videos that glorify zit popping. Watch them if you must, but don’t follow their lead. Instead, channel that energy into applying a spot treatment. This will dry out the affected area and keep inflammation down. You can also reach for acne-clearing masks, peels and even skin care devices to help banish redness and restore your clear skin.

5. DO: Say Hello to Retinoids

A topical retinoid can prevent clogged pores and help acne treatments work better and faster, says Dr. Jeremy Brauer, Director of Clinical Research at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. These products can be harsh, though, so start by applying only a pea-size amount to your face and do it just once every three days. As your skin adjusts, you can increase to a nightly application and revel in the knowledge that your face is now “after” picture material.

6. DON’T: Skip Sunscreen

The idea that sun exposure can burn away breakouts is a long debunked myth. In fact, “sun, heat and humidity can cause oil glands to become overactive, which can lead to acne breakouts,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman, board-certified dermatologic surgeon and associate at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. To prevent breakouts, choose an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen and apply it liberally.

7. DO: Play with Clay

Clay is an excellent ally for oily, acne-prone skin. It draws out impurities and absorbs oil, yet doesn’t leave skin dry, stripped or irritated. Dr. Jaliman suggests a once-a-week clay mask. If your skin is inflamed, look for a clay mask that also boasts clarifying enzymes and/or sulfur to treat breakouts and soothe redness.

8. DO: Feed Your Face

There’ve been so many mixed messages about food—don’t eat pizza, grease begets grease, chocolate is the enemy—that it’s tempting to ignore it all. Recent research to the rescue! Experts have found that sugar, high-glycemic foods—white rice, white bread, pasta, potatoes—and skim milk can exacerbate breakouts. Dr. Jaliman recommends a diet rich in antioxidants, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, green and black tea and fish. If it’s difficult to get those antioxidants from food, supplements are a wise alternative.

9. DO: Consider LED Light

If topical acne treatments aren’t working fast enough, consider an LED (light emitting diode) device. “LED therapy is a form of low-level light energy that penetrates the skin to cause different reactions and target different issues,” explains Dr. Robin Evans, board-certified dermatologist at Southern Connecticut Dermatology. “This can repair tissue and promote wound healing. The energy can also target bacteria, inflammation and stimulate collagen,” she adds.

10. DO: Clean Your Phone

The bacteria on your cell phone could make you break out, which may explain the zits on your cheek. “Don’t rest your phone against your face, use earbuds instead!” says Dr. Jaliman. We used to treat our phones gingerly; now we know we can clean them with a disinfecting wipe or cotton pad dampened with rubbing alcohol.

11. DO: Go to Sleep

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. When you sleep, the skin repairs itself, producing collagen and healing wounds. And if you’re sleep-deprived, not only do you end up with under-eye circles and bags, you’re also more likely to experience increases in acne, fine lines, dehydration and irritation. Whew! Adults need seven hours of restful sleep a night, minimum. So, an hour or two before your new, early bedtime, put away the electronics and get into a nice warm tub or shower. The rise and subsequent fall of your body temperature will make you sleepy and improve the quality of your sleep throughout the night.

How to have clean and clear skin

For many of us, our face is on display on a day to day basis. No matter how bad a breakout you may have, or how bad a skin condition may get, chances are you’ll have to power ahead and continue with your day as usual – heading to work, keeping to social commitments, attending classes or activities you’d agreed to.

Now, there really isn’t any problem with any break out or skin condition and neither are anything you should be embarrassed about. But if you do want to tackle these things for clear skin, there are plenty of steps you can work into your routine to help.

Here are some pieces of advice to consider!

How to have clean and clear skin

Clean Skin

Let’s start by focusing on clean skin. It’s important that you have a good skin care routine that can keep your skin as well cleansed as possible. This can help to prevent buildup of products on your face and can give your skin a chance to breathe. Now, the best skin cleansing routine will vary from one person to another.

We all have different skin types and, consequently, will find that different products work for us as individuals. It’s a good idea to identify which broad skin type category you fall within (“normal”, dry, oily or combination) and then find a good quality facial wash, toner, moisturizer and other products that will keep your face clean and well hydrated.

Zo Skin Health have an array of skin enhancers which can be added to this routine for extra benefits too!

How to have clean and clear skin

Tackle Skin Conditions

Many people make the mistake of thinking that skin conditions are a direct result of uncleansed skin, but this often isn’t the case. Acne, for example, is rarely a result of dirty skin. Instead, it will often occur when dead skin cells build up in hair follicles and clog the follicle.

So, if you feel that you’re suffering from problematic skin and cleaning your face properly and regularly isn’t working, it may be time to consult a doctor. They will be able to identify any skin conditions you may be suffering with and can either refer you on for specialist treatment from a dermatologist (a skincare specialist) or may even simply be able to prescribe products that will help on the day.

When it comes to skin conditions, many people will note that they simply wished that they’d gone to the doctor sooner, rather than suffering for so long without a resolve. Once your doctor or dermatologist has recommended particular products, make sure to stick to them and use them as prescribed. It may take some time for them to have an effect, but it’ll be worth the patience in the long run.

These are just two different things you can do to have clean and clear skin. Sure, you may have to experiment with a few different products until you find what works for you. But you’ll get there!

Cleansing the skin removes sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your new simple skincare routine.

How to do it:

Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores. If you have very sensitive skin, using only water would also do the trick!

Word of wadvice:

It’s best to steer clear of harsh bar soaps when cleansing your face, as they tend to dry out your skin and cause it to overproduce sebum, the natural oils your skin produces for protection which also contribute to clogged pores and breakouts.

How to have clean and clear skin

Step 2: Tone

What it does:

There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skincare routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any makeup or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturizer and minimize the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well.

How to do it:

Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin, while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking the pads in the toner and wiping upwards, starting at your neck.

Word of advice:

Most experts advise against using harsh alcohol or citrus-based toners as they can damage and irritate your skin. See if a toner works for you, and if not, take this step out of your routine.

Step 3: Exfoliate

What it does:

Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

How to do it:

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturizing. Most dermatologists agree that you should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Word of advice:

If you struggle with blackhead and acne or sun damage, opt for chemical exfoliators that contain AHA and BHA over your traditional granule scrub. For acne and blackhead plagued skin, look for an exfoliator containing BHA as it penetrates deeply into your pores. If you struggle with sun damage, AHA is your preferred option as it mainly exfoliates the upper layers of skin.

Step 4: Moisturize

What it does:

Moisturizing provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth, luminous appearance. Needless to say, this is a step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip.

How to do it:

Choose a moisturizer based on your skin type — it can be a cream, lotion, gel or oil—and gently rub it into your skin in an upward motion, being careful not to tug on the delicate skin around your eyes. Once the moisturizer is applied, give it time to sink in so you receive its full benefits.

Word of advice:

Look for a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 for the daytime, an important factor in preventing skin cancer symptoms and keeping your skin healthy as you age. Find a moisturizer that works for your skin type. People with oily skin should opt for lighter moisturizers while people with drier skin should use heavier and richer creams.

Step 5: Apply SPF

What it does:

The sun is the most damaging factor for skin and the leading cause of skin cancer. That’s why using a moisturizer that contains SPF or applying sunscreen after your moisturizer is key for protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays and maintaining a youthful and healthy visage.

How to do it:

Apply SPF of at least 15 to your face for the daytime, using a higher SPF if you anticipate heavy sun exposure throughout the day.

Word of advice:

Be sure to re-apply every few hours as it wears off.

Step 6: Making your skincare routine smart

Include skin checks in your skincare routine. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. This means that it’s important to take good care of it – and also that comes with certain risks. Skin cancer is the fastest-growing cancer and impacts 1 in 5 people. With SkinVision, you can self-check for skin cancer signs right from your phone. Make sure to check every 3 months to track development and detect any changes early.

Who doesn’t dream of having clear and healthy skin? Appearance-wise, both males and females desire to look great. To appear pleasantly, our essential clothing plays an important role. That basic clothing is none other than our very own SKIN.

By the term clear skin, I mean the skin that is disease-less, blemish-less, pimple-less, and healthy.

To get clear and healthy skin, today’s generation is chasing numerous methods, including the usage of harmful chemicals that may cause extreme damage to the skin, especially to the face. Always remember, the skin of the face is more delicate than the skin on the rest of the body.

Now, let’s look into these fabulous five tips which can make a notable difference to your skin.

1. “Cleanliness is next to Beautifulness.”

How to have clean and clear skin

The majority of us are least bothered about the cleanliness and hygiene of the bed we sleep in, the towel we use to wipe our body/face, the food we consume, and many such basic things which interact with our skin. Cleanliness plays a crucial role in deciding the quality of our skin.

Change the bedspreads and pillow covers regularly, wash your towels frequently, keep your hand-kerchiefs clean, always wear pure masks. These are the minimum things to be done by one to get clear skin.

Coming to skin hygiene, use a mild soap/face wash to clean your face. Don’t use too hot water. Wash your face after you wake up every day and also when you return home from outside. Don’t touch your face with your hands too often, especially when the unwanted guests arrive (pimples. Yes, pimples! ).

2. “Exercise and be the Elegant!”

How to have clean and clear skin

Exercise is the best medicine for various issues and also a key for unlocking clear and healthy skin. People who exercise regularly always have clear skin. The reason behind it is the fact that they sweat profoundly.

Yes, SWEAT. Sweat clears the clogged pores. Hence, it helps the skin to stay healthy. One must also take care that work must not be on the skin for a longer duration as it may cause adverse effects to the skin. Soon after any physical activity, the skin must be cleaned to get rid of the sweat.

3. “Drink Water and look Winsome!”

Known as the ‘Elixir of life, water plays a vital role in maintaining the skin’s health. The water keeps the pH, moisture, elasticity, and health of the skin. Those who consume the appropriate quantity of water are immune to the signs of aging such as wrinkles, soft lines, etc.,

Water prevents the skin from drying up soon and keeps it moisturized. It contains the development of acne and pimples. So, stay hydrated and stay healthy!

4. “Follow a Dynamic Diet.”

How to have clean and clear skin

The food which we consume has an impact on our skin. To have healthy skin, one must intake green and leafy veggies, orange/yellow fruits, red and purple veggies, and fruits. Also, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory foods will be of great use to get clear and healthy skin.

While there are DOs, there have to be DONTs. The DONTs, in this case, include consumption of junk foods, red meat, processed foods and meat, refined carbs, caffeine, sugar, soda, alcohol, etc.

5. Sleep to radiate your splendor!

How to have clean and clear skin

Sleep is a crucial factor that decides various aspects of human health. The health of the skin is also affected by sleep patterns. Any disturbance caused in the sleeping habits would be reflected in one’s skin condition.

When sleep is decreased, the oxygen flow to the face reduces. As a result, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles, dry skin, etc., occur.

Reduced sleep leads to an increase in stress hormones leading to acne, allergy, and decreased immunity. So, it’s always recommended to rest for 7-8 hours.

Take care of your skin. I hope you find this article helpful. If you know of any other ways to keep our skin healthy, please let me know in the comment section below.

How to have clean and clear skin

Chinese women are beautiful with their flawless porcelain skin, slim body structure and luscious locks. They have so many rituals and remedies which are a part and parcel of their daily life to achieve what they are so very well known for!

Chinese Beauty Secrets

1. Skin Rejuvenation:

For skin rejuvenation, Chinese women use pearl powder .They prepare a face mask for glowing skin

  • Mix oyster shell powder with honey and egg yolk.
  • This mixture when applied on face not only helps to reduce inflammation but also calms skin irritations.

Oyster shell powder may not be easily available in India. You can opt for pearl face masks by VLCC and nature’s essence to get the same benefits

2. Younger Looking Skin:

Chinese people drink a lot of green tea for

  • Weight Loss
  • Green tea is rich in catechins .It is an anti-oxidant and has anti-ageing properties
  • Strengthens the immune system for longevity and health

It is extremely important to steep the green tea. Pour hot water over the tea and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy your health brew. You can add honey and lime to make it more palatable.

3. Bright Complexion:

Chinese women are known for their flawless and luminescent skin. To achieve this youthful glow use a paste of herbs.

  • Use a paste of mint leaves and apply on your face to brighten up complexion instantly.

4. Natural Toners:

Chinese Women use rice water to tone their skin and to enhance it’s complexion.

  • Just soak unpolished rice in a bowl of water and stir it well, until the water becomes milky white.
  • Store this water in a refrigerator and use the water as a toner with a cotton pad.
  • This is just wonderful and quite cheap. This water can be stored for up to 3-4 days, then it should be replaced.

5. Wrinkle Reduction:

Chinese beauties have soft, smooth and supple skin. They make face masks of egg whites to keep the facial skin glowing and taut. Egg whites are astringent that leads to firmer skin.

  • Apply the egg whites and let it dry .Rinse it off after 20 minutes using cool water.

6. Getting Rid of Puffy Face:

Chinese women firmly believe in giving their body parts a good massage to promote blood circulation. Facial massages are quite popular in Chinese culture to reduce puffiness and promote cell regeneration.

You can use the following steps as a guide

  • Start at the ear and moves towards the collarbone
  • Rub upwards in a circular motion. Avoid pulling and stretching your skin.
  • Move to your chin and jawbone
  • Cover the entire area with upwards motions. Never pull downwards.

To remove under eye puffiness use a roller (Olay) or use your ring fingers .The under eye is very delicate. Pulling and stretching will lead to more wrinkles. Also massages need to be done after 15 days to get the maximum benefits.

All these tips will make you look like an ageless diva.

There are a few things to remember before embarking upon a beauty regime based on these tips

  • Do a patch test before applying any ingredients on your face
  • Massages and facials are good if done periodically.
  • Include soy and mushrooms in your diet .A good diet is the foundation for healthy and glowing skin. 65 to 75 percent of your body is your food.
  • You can try juices to detox and get that glowing skin

Now you know the secrets, make them a part of your new beauty regime.

Good health reflects as beauty. The women in China capitalized on this. Carve a lifestyle that meets your beauty demands!

It is not only women who need skin care in fact men should also look after their skin. Follow these simple tips and get clearer skin.

How to have clean and clear skin

Skin care tips for men to get clear skin: When it comes to skin care, there is a general perception that women are more concerned about their skin. Whereas men do not have very serious approach towards skin care. This kind of outlook is not appropriate and men can also get clean and clear skin using some simple methods.

Cleanliness is very important –

When you walk in the open or when you are exposed to sunlight, it doesn’t matter whether you are a woman or a man, both will face the same harmful effects Therefore, facial cleansing is very important to get rid of things like dirt, pollutants, sebum, and oil that appears on your skin. Choose a good facewash appropriate for your skin and clean the face properly twice a day. At least follow this step after coming back from outdoors.

CTM is also essential for you –

Just as cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine is essential for women, so is it for men. Wash your mouth and spray toner and make sure to apply a good moisturizer. It is important to bring back the natural oils of the face that are removed due to the soap used to remove dust and dirt.

Care for your skin during night time –

Follow a good skin care routine at night if you don’t enough have time during the day. Wash your mouth and then apply toner, followed by a serum and an undereye cream. Finally, seal the goodness of the serum with a moisturizer and go to sleep. Remember to use products specially designed only for men. Men’s skin texture is different and hence they don’t benefit from women’s products.

At times, you can follow this as well-

Pamper your skin and visit a salon when you have free time. Choose right from facials to spas and give the skin that special touch that reflects for a long time. So the next time, visit a salon not just for a haircut or shaving but also to indulge in a hair spa. Your skin will thank you.

How to have clean and clear skin

Not washing away the day’s grime? You’re asking for a breakout. Stash cleansing wipes on your nightstand for nights when you’re too tired to move.

2. Don’t skip your morning wash.

Hairstyling products get absorbed by your pillowcase then transfer to your skin — if it’s not cleared away in the A.M., it’ll clog your pores!

3. Try a cleansing brush.

Sometimes even after you wash, there’s makeup left on your skin, and that buildup leads to breakouts. Using an exfoliating brush with your basic cleanser loosens and removes the leftover makeup that has seeped inside your pores! The brush can get deeper into your skin than just your soaped-up fingers.

4. Don’t overwash to have clear skin.

If your skin still feels oily, instead of washing again (which can make your skin produce even more oil!), try an astringent after cleansing.

5. Exfoliate to have clear skin.

The trick is to remove the layers of dead skin cells and dirt that are blocking your pores — and your skin’s natural glow. Products with alpha-hydroxy and lactic acids exfoliate gently to make you look radiant.

6. Wash, then exfoliate.

When washing, first use a mild face wash to cleanse your skin. Then, lightly massage exfoliator onto your face. This may seem redundant, but before you exfoliate, you want a clean canvas, so that the exfoliant can focus on digging out the stubborn dirt and oil that are stuck deeper inside your pores.

7. Step away from your hands.

You know how you rest your face on your hand while you’re studying? That might be the reason for those blemishes on your cheek or jaw. You’re constantly touching things that have germs—anything from your phone to your locker—so putting your hands on your face for a long period of time can cause dirt and bacteria from anything you touch to get into your pores.

8. Change that pillowcase!

Not changing your pillowcases enough can also cause your skin to break out. Even if you wash your face every night, your pillowcases carry dirt and sweat from your hair, hands, and build up from the products you use on your face at night, which can clog your pores, so it’s a good idea to change them every few days.

9. Try the 3-step solution to have clear skin.

If you have acne, dermatologists recommend fighting it with a three-step regimen: a salicylic acid cleanser, a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, and a daily moisturizer. Benzoyl peroxide works by fighting the bacteria that causes acne. It causes an exfoliating effect that might cause some slight peeling and can dry out your skin. It’s great for mild cases of acne, and you can get it without a prescription — many drugstore acne washes, creams, and gels contain benzoyl peroxide. Prescription creams that contain higher doses of benzoyl peroxides can also be prescribed by a doctor for more severe cases. Salicylic acid dries out the skin and helps exfoliate it to make dead skin cells fall away faster. It’s good for mild cases of acne and is available without a prescription. Many drugstore acne creams, washes, and gels contain salicylic acid, but stronger versions are also available in prescription form. It can dry up your skin and cause redness and peeling.

10. Less is more.

Too many products can irritate and too many steps may tempt you to skip. When it comes to your skin, more is definitely NOT more. In other words, trying a bunch of different remedies at once won’t boost your chances of making the zit disappear — more likely, it’ll just wreak havoc on your skin and turn a teeny-tiny pimple into a red, blotchy mess.

11. Wash your makeup brushes!

Make sure to wash your makeup brushes regularly with a brush cleanser or baby shampoo. If you use makeup sponges, use disposable ones and discard them after each use. These tools can accumulate bacteria, which can lead to breakouts. Dirty brushes can make the most expensive skincare routines go to waste.