It’s fairly safe to say that for most women having clean and clear skin is a high priority. Some of us are born with the right genes that make maintaining flawless skin almost effortless while the rest of us need to work at it, constantly. There are a lot of tips and tricks floating around the internet claiming to be the answer but since all of us are undeniably different it goes without saying that some treatments will work for some, but not for others. Here we have compiled a list of a few easy and cost effective methods that anyone can try to help clear their problem skin. Once you find something that works for you, stick with it!

  1. Try and determine if the water in your area is soft or hard. This is an important factor in the types of cleansers you should be using, and how much. Soft water does not remove soap very well and can leave residue on the skin, making it look dull and can lead to clogged pores. If your water is soft then you should use your cleansers sparingly. Conversely, if there is hard water in your area it can make it difficult for your cleanser to lather which results in overuse. It is recommended that if you have hard water to use a gentle non-soap cleanser which isn’t meant to lather.
  2. If you find your complexion to be red or blotchy then consider drinking iced green tea. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties which can be soothing to the skin. Drinking warm or hot green tea will not yield the greatest results as warmth can contribute to redness and other symptoms of rosacea.
  3. Find a way to manage your stress. When we are stressed out our bodies produce more hormones such as cortisol which lead to oilier skin and a decreased ability to fight off acne causing bacteria. Some great ways to manage stress include practicing meditation, practicing calming breathing techniques and yoga.
  4. Make getting a full night’s sleep a priority. When we are sleeping our bodies work to repair any damage we have caused to our skin so decreased time sleeping limits our bodies’ natural ability to do this. In addition, lack of sleep puts the body into a state of stress which can lead to breakouts, as mentioned in the previous point.
  5. Try to use only water based hair products. Many of the hair products on the market contain oils and waxes that can clog pores and create acne, particularly along the hairline. These oils and waxes can be transferred to your pillowcase while you sleep and then transfer onto your face, or, they can run down your face while you are washing your hair in the shower.