In high school, I had some problems with acne. I tried all of the over the counter products I could buy with my babysitting money, and I was even started on topical antibiotics by my pediatrician father. In the end, I dried out my face by over doing it, and it took me until college to figure out what I was doing wrong.
Sometimes all it takes is tweaking a few little things in your skincare routine to get the results you want. In general, the simpler your skin care routine is, the better. I asked dermatologists for their favorite clear skin advice. Much of it seems basic, but it really will help! If following these tips doesn’t start to clear things up, it’s time to head to your doctor.
Clear Skin Advice 1 of 7
I asked dermatologists for their favorite "clear skin" advice. Much of it seems basic, but it really will help! If following these tips doesn't start to clear things up, it's time to head to your doctor.
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Skin Health First 2 of 7
"Healthy skin starts from within! Drink at least 6 8 ounce glasses of water daily, eat fresh fruits and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest."
- Avery Kuflik, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New Jersey.
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Take It Off 3 of 7
"Never go to bed with your make on. It will clog your pores. Even if you're too tired to wash your face use a cleansing cloth. Leave them by your bedside."
- Debra Jaliman, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New York City.
But Be Gentle About It 4 of 7
"Always wash off your at the end of the day but do so gently - heavy scrubbing can do more damage than good. By not taking your makeup off at night can trap dirt and oil, eventually leading to clogged pores."
- David E. Bank, MD from The Center for Dermatology in Mt. Kisco, NY
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser $10.79
Gentle Exfoliation 5 of 7
"Exfoliate gently daily, it cleans out the pores to keep them blemish free. My favorite exfoliators are the chemical exfoliators such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and azelaic acid."
Dr Debbie Palmer, from Dermatology Associates of New York and founder of Replere Skin Care
Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream $25
Over The Counter Treatments 6 of 7
"My favorite tip for clear skin is to stick with the basic ingredients. There are certain ingredients that have proven themselves in clinical trials (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc) that you should be using. If you don't see a change in your skin by the 6th week of using products with these ingredients, you should consult your dermatologist on prescription treatment options."
- James C. Marotta, MD is a Facial Plastic Surgeon who practices in Long Island.
Deeper Exfoliation 7 of 7