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Nobody has time for blemishes, and knowing how to clear them up can help your skin look healthy and radiant.
Here are five of what we believe are the best products for clear skin, along with ways you can use them to keep your skin feeling, looking and behaving its best.
Take a walk down the beauty aisle, and you’ll realize that not all skin care products are made the same. The effectiveness of each product depends on the quality of its ingredients.
That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up our favorite high-quality products to help you on your way to clearer skin.
Cleansing your skin is the first step to keeping your complexion clear and healthy. Our skin constantly comes into contact with external stressors, like dirt and debris from the environment, the makeup we wear and pollutants.
Other impurities, like sweat and sebum (the skin’s natural oil), can also build up on the skin’s surface. When these factors combine, they can clog pores, trapping blemish-causing bacteria and raising the likelihood of breakouts. Clogged pores and excess build-up can also make the skin look dull and lifeless.
That’s why one of our favorite products for clear skin is a good face wash like our Papaya Enzyme Cleanser. Formulated with antioxidant-rich papaya fruit extract and salicylic acid (a powerful BHA) for mild exfoliation, this pH-balanced daily facial cleanser deep cleans the skin, removing build-up and dead skin cells from inside the pores.
Once your skin has been cleansed and gently patted dry, our Crystal Clear clarifying pads should be next on your list. These act as a toner, sweeping in to remove any leftover buildup from the skin’s surface and deep inside the pores.
Salicylic acid exfoliates and absorbs excess oil, while glycolic acid and lactic acid smooth the skin and boost collagen production. This leaves your skin clean, open and ready to absorb your serums while minimizing the risk of blackheads and whiteheads.
If you’re prone to pimples, these pads are a must — you can even use them as a spot treatment. However, they’re just as beneficial for most other skin types as well. Just start slow and build up to nightly use, especially if you have sensitive skin.
If you want clear skin, you can’t forget about over-the-counter serums. Serums are infinitely customizable, so no matter what your goals are, you can find a serum to help you achieve them. When it comes to keeping your skin looking clear and youthful, Youth Serum's at the top of our list.
Youth Serum is a true multi-tasker, tackling everything from dullness to redness to blemishes. The unique vitamin blend also works to minimize visible signs of aging, while honey extract and allantoin help soothe sensitive skin.
Just half a dropper of this topical serum massaged onto the face, neck and decolletage in an upward motion is all you need. Apply it after cleansing and toning so the serum can soak deep inside the pores, which is where the real magic happens.
Hydrating the skin is essential to keep your skin barrier intact. Proper hydration requires the right moisturizer, like our lightweight, highly-nourishing Brightening Lotion.
Not only can our Brightening Lotion moisturize the skin, but its botanical extracts and peptides can also brighten your skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You don’t have to have dry skin to appreciate its impact — normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin can also benefit.
Providing your skin with the moisture it needs to stay strong and healthy can contribute to clearer, more dewy-looking skin that is also far more resilient, especially if you’re prone to zits and pimples.
Excess oil production can often be a sign that your skin is actually dehydrated, so don’t skip the moisturizer if you have a naturally oily skin type — just look for one that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it is less likely to clog pores).
Sunscreen is non-negotiable, not just for your appearance, but also to protect your skin. SPF should be applied daily, whether you plan to spend time in the sun or not. UV radiation isn’t always as obvious as a sunburn.
The sun has a significant impact on the skin, especially with chronic exposure. As the damage from ultraviolet radiation adds up, you may see an increase in the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and a loss of firmness and radiance.
Sunscreen can help to reduce the number of UV rays that get through, keeping you safe and minimizing sun damage that can lead to premature aging.
But not all sunscreen is created equal. Choosing the right sunscreen means following the advice of advanced practice providers.
Most skin care providers recommend using sunscreen with SPF 30 (or more), water resistance and broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Our Sheer Defense SPF checks all the boxes while also acting like a moisturizer (thanks to niacinamide and hyaluronic acid).
Your clear skin routine shouldn’t stop at skin care products. Treatments and other guidance from a skin care provider can boost your results and help you see even quicker progress.
Prescription retinoids like tretinoin, three-step chemical face masks, peels and broadband light (BBL) facials can help minimize breakouts and keep your skin clear afterward by supporting natural skin cell turnover.
Talk to one of our Skin Pharm providers about which treatments and products are right for you. We’d be happy to create a comprehensive skin care treatment plan with you in mind!
Our five best products for clear skin can help you put your best face forward — every time. Save time and grab our Founder’s AM Routine orPM Routine, which include our top four products along with our smoothing Night Watch serum and exfoliating Clay Time mask.
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