10 Steps to Clear Skin

With all of my product and lifestyle research throughout the years, I now know what keeps my skin clear and acne free. Here are some tips and products I have used that give results.

  1. Don’t pick! This is the first rule of thumb. Picking your skin, especially with bare, unwashed hands, will defeat the effects of any healing products or healthy lifestyle changes you may be doing. Picking your skin with bare hands may lead to small cuts and tears from your nails, and dirt is easily passed from your hands to your skin, thus creating breakouts. Remember, if you pick one zit, you will have 5 more!
  2. Keep it simple. Using too many harsh products on your face can dry out your skin, creating peeling, redness and breakouts. You may think that using that 10% Benzoyl Peroxide every night is helping, but if your face is irritated you will only break out more.
  3. Always wash your face at night. ALWAYS! No excuses on this one. Your face collects so many dirt and toxins throughout the day. Mixed with makeup, this is a combination sure to lead to breakouts. If you do one thing to keep your skin clear, just take a few minutes to wash everything off at the end of the day. If you are too tired, then do it as soon as you get home before you start relaxing. If you are not in the habit already of washing your face at night, I promise you results from doing this one simple thing.
  4. Use a cleanser with Salicylic Acid. Salicylic acid fights acne by killing bacteria and lessening sebum. DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser does a great job of cleaning off makeup, contains acne fighting ingredients, and is mild enough to use morning and night. For oilier skin, try DDF Salicylic Wash. This cleanser contains a higher percentage of Salicylic Acid for more intense acne fighting, but it may dry out your skin. If you experience any dryness or irritation, switch to using this cleanser only at night and a milder cleanser in the morning. Remember to wash your face twice at night to remove all makeup! A great cleanser to use in the mornings if you have more sensitive skin is IS Clinical Cleansing Complex. Containing both salicylic acid and glycolic acid, this cleanser fights acne, gently exfoliates your skin, and is gentle enough not to dry out your face. This cleanser does not remove makeup that well, so that’s why I recommend using it in the mornings and a stronger cleanser at night.
  5. A hydrated face is a clear face. You have all heard that drinking water helps clear your skin and this is not a myth. Not only does drinking lots of water cleanse your body of unwanted toxins, but it also helps to detoxify your skin and add needed moisture.
  6. Along with drinking water, using a moisturizer is very important. Even if you have oily skin, a moisturizer helps to keep your skin from becoming irritated and actually helps even out the production of oil, thus leading to less breakouts. There are a lot of moisturizers for oily skin, but I like Peter Thomas Roth Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 because it’s super sheer, blends in really well, and also contains an SPF 30, which is so important! Don’t be afraid that using a moisturizer will make you break out. So long as you stick to an oil free moisturizer your skin will have less irritation and dryness which means less break outs.
  7. Use mineral makeup. My favorite is Colorescience for it’s superior ingredients compared with other mineral makeups. Colorescience foundation covers imperfections really well without being shiny and heavy. Best of all, because Colorescience contains no talc or additives, it’s actually good for your skin. Colorescience makeup does not penetrate your skin so it won’t clog pores and cause breakouts, and soothing minerals along with vitamin A soothe and eliminate skin irritation.
  8. Use a topical acne fighter at night. Hands down, the best acne remedy is IS Clinical Active Serum. If you’ve read my blog before, you know how much I like this product! Active serum is a liquid that you put on with your fingertips at night, avoiding the eye area. Active serum contains Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid to fight acne, kill bacteria and exfoliate dead skin, and Kojic and Lactic acid for superior anti-aging benefits. Also assisting in pigment reduction, this product does it all! Don’t use any other product on your skin after using Active Serum on clear skin. Active serum is best used alone to avoid irritation. If your face becomes dry, then you can wear a moisturizer such as IS Clinical Hydra Cool on top, once the Active Serum has dried on your skin. Hydra Cool is a cooling, serum moisturizer that contains Menthol, which is anti-bacterial. Hydra Cool is designed to work in conjunction with Active Serum and other IS Clinical products to help them work better.
  9. Use a sulfur mask. My personal favorite is DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask. Sulfur is well known to absorb oil, purify skin and pores and is a great anti-inflammatory. Sulfur is so healing it actually helps to instantaneously dry out blemishes and prevent more from coming. Apply a thick layer all over your face and neck, avoiding your eye area, 1-3 times per week. For severely acneic and oily skin, you may use this mask every day, but if your skin gets too dry, decrease frequency. Don’t let this mask dry out on your face, wash it off with warm water after no more than 10 minutes. DDF Sulfur Therapeutic mask will also help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving skin super clean, calmer and radiant.
  10. Get facials. If you can afford it, get a good, deep cleaning facial once a month. Otherwise, getting a facial once every couple, or every 6 months will definitely help. A facialist can deep clean your skin and clean out pores using professional grade products and equipment, plus they have the skills to really get in there without damaging your skin. Don’t get anything too frou frou, make sure that your facialist does extractions and a glycolic peel is excellent for less sensitive skin. It’s not worth spending the money unless you walk out of the spa with unclogged pores and balanced skin.

Remember, keep your skin clean, keep your hands away from your face, and use high quality, oil free, products. A simple regimen consisting of skin beneficial products and keeping your skin free from irritation leads to clear beautiful skin!

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27 Responses to 10 Steps to Clear Skin

  1. Sabrina says:

    Those are some great steps! I am struggling with acne all my life. I have used products from Peter Thomas Roth and I love them. I have not tried DDF products yet. Thank you very much!!!

  2. Heather says:

    seems great.. but looking at the products mentioned, they’re really expensive.. especially if you buy a full skin care line. no way.

  3. Denise says:

    I have heard these steps for many years and they really work when I consistently follow them. :-D

    I would love to try the Colorscience mineral makeup (step 7). Where can I find it at a cosmetic counter to try the shades?

  4. Mia says:

    Hi Denise, colorescience is a little hard to find, and it is not carried at department stores. Colorescience is generally carried at more upscale spas and online. You can visit colorescience.com and click on “store locator” and type in your zip code or state to find retail establishments nearest you. I think you’ll love this product!


  5. Suzann says:

    Very nice blog,and very knowledgeable. I adore mineral makeup, and look forward to trying the Colorscience.

  6. Sunny says:

    I agree with Heather, this is a great blog for those who can afford spending exorbitant prices for skin care products and its also very limited with the choices. I do not tend to use products with salicylic acid and/or glycolic acid because the use of those are detrimental to my skin. I agree with the daily/nightly cleansing of your face. You are absolutely right with that. However, a facial a month? I think not. There are homemade facials that people can use that are cheaper and actually work such as egg facials (either using the egg white or the whole egg). Your face feels cleaner and your pores smaller.

  7. Mia says:

    Hi Sunny, thanks for your comment!

    To respond to a few of your points, salicylic acid and/or glycolic acid may be too harsh for very sensitive skin. However, there are different levels of these ingredients present in different products and it may be better for sensitive skin to use a product with a lesser quantity, for example 1% salicylic acid, in a cleanser. I also suggest using two different cleansers, a mild one absent of acids in the morning and a stronger one in the evening. Glycolic acid in anti-aging products is very important for those over 30 to counteract sun damage and aging effects. Tailoring your products to your skin type is very important and if you have overly sensitive skin you may want to speak with a Dermotologist or knowledgeable aesthetician.

    Also, I do have an article on great drugstore products by Neutrogena that are less expensive. Finding a great bargain is my favorite thing, but I do find importance in researching ingredients and knowing what’s in your products as well. Sometimes very inexpensive products contain a lot of additives and detergents and not enough beneficial ingredients.

    At-home facials are wonderful if you are using skin-beneficial products. There are natural foods that are good for your skin, such as milk for it’s lactic acid exfoliating properties. Thank you for your suggestion about eggs!

    One more thing to consider is that your pores do not actually open and close (you can read more in my posting). Your skin may feel tighter but your pores will stay the same size. What’s important is actually removing the build-up in your pores, which is why I mention the tools used in a dermotologist or facialist’s office for extractions.

    Good luck and keep us posted!

  8. cati says:

    Thank you for the tips, I will try them!
    What a neat blog :)

  9. marjan says:

    hi,thanks for your advices,but what about dry and sensitive skin,this is about 4 mounth that i came to malaysia from iran as when as i came my skin started to get more drier and so sensitive,and so allergic!!!the area around my chek and besides my nose got red !!and so itchy,,,i dont know realy which cerem can i use…i drink soooooo much water,but not only my face skin also my all over body skin got dry and itchiness,if you can help me please send me mail,,i realy waiting for a good advice for my skin!!!thx

  10. dewemmix says:

    great advices. especially the keeping hands off the face theory. thanks.

  11. Mia says:

    Glad you like it! Keep checking in for more postings.


  12. Keira Bailey says:

    I do have clear skin but i tend to get those odd spots in different places on my face which is really annoying.
    I dont wear foundation … only on special occasions.
    But i do wear powder on my face to help make my skin look better and more glowing.
    But im scraed if i carry on using it that this may lead to spots.
    Is this true?
    Please reply as soon as possible thank-you.
    From Keira x x x x

  13. Jed says:

    Buf-Puf has been fantastic for cleaning my face. Have been using for 20 plus years, getting harder to find but works like a charm for normal skin.

  14. Thanks for the tips! I am very bad at picking my skin… I’ll have to stop that right now!! Hey, how much does a facial cost??

  15. Jess says:

    This is brilliant. Thank you. I’ve been using some face cream from http://www.emu-oil-well.com on recommendation from acne.org and I was a bit suspect at using an oil based cream. But it works, doesn’t clog pores, no break outs and seriously reduces that horrible redness.

    Thanks for the tips, will be trying them out!

  16. Huda says:

    Can u tell the same products but with cheap prices, they are way to expensive and out of my range. Thanks and waiting for ur reply. By the way really nice post. Thanks for sharing

  17. tina says:

    hi my face skin is normal but i want some good proctect that will be good for my face

  18. Hannah says:

    This is very good advice! For the most part, I have very clear skin. I wash my face alot, then I lotion it and that’s it. So yeah, thanks! :} God bless you.

  19. Fionna says:

    this is great advice, I haven’t started yet but will straight away!
    I was wondering if you may think that Quiniderm is okay for your skin,
    do you also know how i would get rid of the scabs left after picking? :S
    Thank you :)

  20. xena says:

    hey im just wondering, is it true makeup gives you more pimples.
    and is there another way to have a clear skin without using any products
    or moisturizer.

    reply bk asap

  21. admin says:

    As makeup clogs your pores, I suggest to use it in moderation. You ALWAYS should wash off your makeup before you go to bed. And then If you follow my 10 steps to clear skin on top of that, you are doing all you can to have clear skin. Good luck!

  22. Tia says:

    I find this info usefull its GREAT . But the products they advise are to EXPENSIVE  every night u should ALWAYS wash your face with cleansing wipes . everyones suggestions or comments are FAB 

  23. Gina says:

    Regarding the facial advice, I found this useful video with facial steps:


  24. sunitha says:

    hi to all , can u tell me a product which clears pimples, (Ovary Hormonal based) oily skin & scares of old pimples and glowness of the face

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  26. Katie says:

    Facials can do things to your skin that you would absolutely never be able to achieve on your own. If you live relatively close to s major city you should be able to find a cosmetology school that offers services for much cheaper. I live in Dallas and we have an aveda insitute that offers facials at 30,60, and 90min starting at 20$ which is enough time to do well. I can’t explain how much good it does to actually get the bacteria OUT of your pores, and the results are amazing. If your not willing to take the time to wash every night or spend slightly extra, I started with drug store products and eventually moved on to clinique, it’s not the most expensive products but my no means am I ever buying all products at once. I used what I had and bought new from there. And since I have suffered from acne on and off since 13, I can say with all honesty spending 14$ rather than 7$ on a cleanser or eliminating one night if eating out or not going to a regular saturday movie, or going without a manicure for one week to “splurge” on a 40$ facial(which not only is good for me but is relaxing, and gives me much needed pampering for an hour not to mention) I will be buckling down and making that sacrifice. I really enjoyed your article! And you are spot on! I feel like I’m listening to someone over weight complain about gym prices knowing that cutting out on desert once a week would jump start weight lose, giving “thin”-spiration and thus adding money to their budget for a gym membership.

  27. One of the best tips in my opinion is to use a moisturizer everyday before going to bed (after washing your face, of course). If you have a dry skin, try different products (the expensive ones aren’t necessarly always the best ones) and stick to the one your skin “likes” the most. also, carots and tomatoes are a must for healthy skin.

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