How to Get Clear, Smooth Skin


If you want clear, smooth skin, you've got to set up a daily skincare routine, particularly for your face. If you get acne, you should also take steps to prevent breakouts and to treat the acne if you do develop an outbreak. Also, to keep your skin looking its best, make sure to treat it well by nourishing it and keeping it hydrated.

Part 1
Creating a Skincare Routine for Your Face

Creating a Skincare Routine for Your Face on How to Get Clear, Smooth Skin

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Skin can range from dry to oily and in between. When picking out a cleanser, choose one that matches your skin type. It will say on the bottle whether it's for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, or all skin types.[1] Choose a mild cleanser, such as one that says "for sensitive skin." Harsh scrubs can damage your skin.[2]

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Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and at night. It's especially important to wash it at night, as you're removing the bacteria from the day. If you have oily skin, you may want to wash it twice a day with a non-comedogenic face wash to help prevent pore clogging.[3]

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When your skin is dry, apply moisturizer. For best practice, apply a facial moisturizer after every time you wash your face. It's also a good idea to apply it before you put on makeup. Pick a moisturizer that's meant for your skin type, by looking for the oily, medium skin, or dry skin label on the bottle.[4] In the morning, try choosing a moisturizer with a sunscreen in it.

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Some people have good luck with exfoliation creating smoother, clearer skin. You shouldn't exfoliate too often, as it can damage your skin. Generally, you can exfoliate a few times a week, though you may need to do more aggressive treatments less often. Also, you may not want to exfoliate while on acne treatments, as it can make the problems worse.[5]Choosing an Exfoliation Method:Chemical exfoliation: This is amore aggressive method, and isbest for people with oily skin.Chemical exfoliants work togently dissolve dead skin cells,using chemicals like alpha andbeta hydroxy acids.Physical exfoliation: Physicalexfoliation uses facial scrubs,washcloths, and brushes tophysically remove dead skin. Thisis a great option if you have dryskin, but may irritate skinthat’s more sensitive. You canalso have a microdermabrasiondone at the dermatologist’soffice or a medical spa.Tip: Moisturize after youexfoliate. Exfoliation can dryout your skin, so it’simportant to rehydrate.Choosing an Exfoliation Method:Chemical exfoliation: This is a moreaggressive method, and is best forpeople with oily skin. Chemicalexfoliants work to gently dissolvedead skin cells, using chemicals likealpha and beta hydroxy acids.Physical exfoliation: Physicalexfoliation uses facial scrubs,washcloths, and brushes to physicallyremove dead skin. This is a greatoption if you have dry skin, but mayirritate skin that’s more sensitive.You can also have a microdermabrasiondone at the dermatologist’s officeor a medical spa.Tip: Moisturize after you exfoliate.Exfoliation can dry out your skin, soit’s important to rehydrate.Choosing an Exfoliation Method:Chemical exfoliation: This is a moreaggressive method, and is best for peoplewith oily skin. Chemical exfoliants work togently dissolve dead skin cells, usingchemicals like alpha and beta hydroxy acids.Physical exfoliation: Physical exfoliationuses facial scrubs, washcloths, and brushesto physically remove dead skin. This is agreat option if you have dry skin, but mayirritate skin that’s more sensitive. Youcan also have a microdermabrasion done atthe dermatologist’s office or a medicalspa.Tip: Moisturize after you exfoliate.Exfoliation can dry out your skin, so it’simportant to rehydrate.Choosing an Exfoliation Method:Chemical exfoliation: This is a more aggressive method, and is best forpeople with oily skin. Chemical exfoliants work to gently dissolve deadskin cells, using chemicals like alpha and beta hydroxy acids.Physical exfoliation: Physical exfoliation uses facial scrubs,washcloths, and brushes to physically remove dead skin. This is a greatoption if you have dry skin, but may irritate skin that’s moresensitive. You can also have a microdermabrasion done at thedermatologist’s office or a medical spa.Tip: Moisturize after you exfoliate. Exfoliation can dry out your skin,so it’s important to rehydrate.Choosing an Exfoliation Method:Chemical exfoliation: This is a more aggressive method, and is best for peoplewith oily skin. Chemical exfoliants work to gently dissolve dead skin cells,using chemicals like alpha and beta hydroxy acids.Physical exfoliation: Physical exfoliation uses facial scrubs, washcloths, andbrushes to physically remove dead skin. This is a great option if you have dryskin, but may irritate skin that’s more sensitive. You can also have amicrodermabrasion done at the dermatologist’s office or a medical spa.Tip: Moisturize after you exfoliate. Exfoliation can dry out your skin, soit’s important to rehydrate.

Part 2
Treating Acne at Home

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It's definitely tempting to pop pimples. You may have even heard someone say you should. However, it's best to just leave your pimples alone. If you pop them, you could end up with scars instead. Also, if you pop a pimple, you are introducing bacteria to your face, which can cause more pimples and skin inflammation.[6]

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Any kind of pressure on your skin, especially on your face, can lead to an outbreak of pimples. Headphones and cell phones can cause outbreaks, as can hats. If your shirt is too tight at the neck, you may develop acne there. Similarly, a backpack can put pressure on your back, causing an acne outbreak.[7]Reducing Skin Contact withObjectsUse speakerphone. When you’reon the phone, turn on the speakerso you don’t have to press thescreen against your cheek.Use small earbuds instead ofheadphones. Earbuds put lesspressure on your face and don’tcome into contact with your skin.Keep your collar loose. Unbuttonyour shirt a little, or look forstyles that don’t constrict orrub on your neck.Loosen backpack straps. You couldalso lighten your load andprevent pressure on your back bycarrying some objects, likebooks, in your arms.Reducing Skin Contact with ObjectsUse speakerphone. When you’re on thephone, turn on the speaker so youdon’t have to press the screenagainst your cheek.Use small earbuds instead ofheadphones. Earbuds put less pressureon your face and don’t come intocontact with your skin.Keep your collar loose. Unbutton yourshirt a little, or look for stylesthat don’t constrict or rub on yourneck.Loosen backpack straps. You could alsolighten your load and prevent pressureon your back by carrying some objects,like books, in your arms.Reducing Skin Contact with ObjectsUse speakerphone. When you’re on thephone, turn on the speaker so you don’thave to press the screen against your cheek.Use small earbuds instead of headphones.Earbuds put less pressure on your face anddon’t come into contact with your skin.Keep your collar loose. Unbutton your shirta little, or look for styles that don’tconstrict or rub on your neck.Loosen backpack straps. You could alsolighten your load and prevent pressure onyour back by carrying some objects, likebooks, in your arms.Reducing Skin Contact with ObjectsUse speakerphone. When you’re on the phone, turn on the speaker so youdon’t have to press the screen against your cheek.Use small earbuds instead of headphones. Earbuds put less pressure onyour face and don’t come into contact with your skin.Keep your collar loose. Unbutton your shirt a little, or look for stylesthat don’t constrict or rub on your neck.Loosen backpack straps. You could also lighten your load and preventpressure on your back by carrying some objects, like books, in yourarms.Reducing Skin Contact with ObjectsUse speakerphone. When you’re on the phone, turn on the speaker so youdon’t have to press the screen against your cheek.Use small earbuds instead of headphones. Earbuds put less pressure on yourface and don’t come into contact with your skin.Keep your collar loose. Unbutton your shirt a little, or look for styles thatdon’t constrict or rub on your neck.Loosen backpack straps. You could also lighten your load and prevent pressureon your back by carrying some objects, like books, in your arms.

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Touching your face introduces bacteria. In turn, that bacteria can lead to more breakouts. Therefore, to keep your skin as clear as possible, try not to touch your face throughout the day.[8]

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You're already washing your face twice a day, but it can also help to wash any area that has acne twice a day. Just use your hands, water, and a gentle cleanser. Wash your hair everyday if you get acne in your hair or along the hairline.[9]

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Pimples develop from clogged pores, and greasy lotions can clog your pores. When choosing products, look for ones that say "noncomedogenic" or water-based, as these products are less likely to clog your pores. Also, make sure your makeup also says "noncomedogenic," so that it will be less likely to clog pores.[10]

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Salicylic acid is an over-the-counter treatment that you can get as a wash or a leave-on treatment. Look for a concentration of 0.5 percent to begin with. If you're using a leave-on treatment, apply to the areas where you have acne, and rub it in. If you're using a rinse or soap, create a lather, and rub it into the affected area.[11] Make sure you wash the cream off any areas that aren't affected by acne, such as your hands.

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Dead skin can clog up your pores, so some over-the-counter acne treatments work by removing that dead skin. Benzoyl peroxide is one of these treatments. It also takes off extra oil. Start with a concentration of 2.5 percent. Like salicylic acid, treatments come in rinses and leave-on creams.[12] Sulfur works similarly to benzoyl peroxide, though it can have a smell. It's often combined with other ingredients.

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Like benzoyl peroxide, AHAs remove dead skin. However, they also decrease inflammation and promote new skin growth. The combination can help give you smoother skin. Some common AHAs to look for are lactic acid and glycolic acid.[13]

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Some natural treatments may be as effective as more traditional medications. It's still a good idea to ask your doctor before trying one of these treatments, though, as they can interfere with other medications you're on.[14] Apply a gel with 5% tea tree oil. Some people find this beneficial in reducing acne, though it can cause a reaction in some people. Azelaic acid, a naturally occurring acid, may also be beneficial. Try a cream containing 20 percent of this acid. Try a cream with 2 percent green tea extract, which may help reduce acne.Be aware that there may be somerisks with homemade products.Medical aesthetician Alicia Ramossays: "I typically recommend aprofessional or medical-gradeproduct over DIY options to treatacne. With a homemade product,you can introduce unwantedbacteria into your skin, whichcan make your acne worse or evenlead to infections."Be aware that there may be some riskswith homemade products. Medicalaesthetician Alicia Ramos says: "Itypically recommend a professional ormedical-grade product over DIY optionsto treat acne. With a homemadeproduct, you can introduce unwantedbacteria into your skin, which canmake your acne worse or even lead toinfections."Be aware that there may be some risks withhomemade products. Medical aestheticianAlicia Ramos says: "I typically recommend aprofessional or medical-grade product overDIY options to treat acne. With a homemadeproduct, you can introduce unwanted bacteriainto your skin, which can make your acneworse or even lead to infections."Be aware that there may be some risks with homemade products. Medicalaesthetician Alicia Ramos says: "I typically recommend a professional ormedical-grade product over DIY options to treat acne. With a homemadeproduct, you can introduce unwanted bacteria into your skin, which canmake your acne worse or even lead to infections."Be aware that there may be some risks with homemade products. Medicalaesthetician Alicia Ramos says: "I typically recommend a professional ormedical-grade product over DIY options to treat acne. With a homemade product,you can introduce unwanted bacteria into your skin, which can make your acneworse or even lead to infections."

Part 3
Getting Medical Treatment for Acne

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One type of treatment is similar to the over-the-counter drugs. That is, you apply these drugs to your face as a topical treatment. The difference is the active ingredients are not the same as over-the-counter drugs.[15]Prescription Topical DrugOptions:Retinoids: A retinoid helps yourskin get rid of dead skin cellsmore quickly, keeping your poresclear. If your doctor prescribesa retinoid, you’ll start byapplying it 3 nights a week andeventually move up to everydayapplication.Topical antibiotics: Antibioticsclear your skin of bacteria thatcauses acne and often reduceinflammation as well. Althoughtopical prescription antibioticswon’t be as effective atclearing severe acne as oralantibiotics, but still may be agood choice for you. Your doctorwill likely prescribe you benzoylperoxide to use at the same time.Prescription Topical Drug Options:Retinoids: A retinoid helps your skinget rid of dead skin cells morequickly, keeping your pores clear. Ifyour doctor prescribes a retinoid,you’ll start by applying it 3 nightsa week and eventually move up toeveryday application.Topical antibiotics: Antibiotics clearyour skin of bacteria that causes acneand often reduce inflammation as well.Although topical prescriptionantibiotics won’t be as effective atclearing severe acne as oralantibiotics, but still may be a goodchoice for you. Your doctor willlikely prescribe you benzoyl peroxideto use at the same time.Prescription Topical Drug Options:Retinoids: A retinoid helps your skin getrid of dead skin cells more quickly, keepingyour pores clear. If your doctor prescribesa retinoid, you’ll start by applying it 3nights a week and eventually move up toeveryday application.Topical antibiotics: Antibiotics clear yourskin of bacteria that causes acne and oftenreduce inflammation as well. Althoughtopical prescription antibiotics won’t beas effective at clearing severe acne as oralantibiotics, but still may be a good choicefor you. Your doctor will likely prescribeyou benzoyl peroxide to use at the sametime.Prescription Topical Drug Options:Retinoids: A retinoid helps your skin get rid of dead skin cells morequickly, keeping your pores clear. If your doctor prescribes a retinoid,you’ll start by applying it 3 nights a week and eventually move up toeveryday application.Topical antibiotics: Antibiotics clear your skin of bacteria that causesacne and often reduce inflammation as well. Although topicalprescription antibiotics won’t be as effective at clearing severe acneas oral antibiotics, but still may be a good choice for you. Your doctorwill likely prescribe you benzoyl peroxide to use at the same time.Prescription Topical Drug Options:Retinoids: A retinoid helps your skin get rid of dead skin cells more quickly,keeping your pores clear. If your doctor prescribes a retinoid, you’ll startby applying it 3 nights a week and eventually move up to everyday application.Topical antibiotics: Antibiotics clear your skin of bacteria that causes acneand often reduce inflammation as well. Although topical prescriptionantibiotics won’t be as effective at clearing severe acne as oralantibiotics, but still may be a good choice for you. Your doctor will likelyprescribe you benzoyl peroxide to use at the same time.

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For more severe acne, your doctor may recommend an oral medication. These are medications that you take by mouth, so they work systematically rather than directly on your skin.[16]Prescription Oral Drug OptionsOral antibiotics: Oralantibiotics are stronger thantopical ones, and more effectiveat reducing bacteria and fightinginflammation. Your dermatologistwill probably prescribe them witha topical retinoid and benzoylperoxide, which reduces yourchance of developing resistanceto the antibiotic.Oral contraceptives orantiandrogen agents, for women:oral contraceptives containestrogen, which can help balancehormones and clear skin.Antiandrogen agents are alsohormonal drugs, working to blocka hormone’s effects on certainglands.Isotretinoin, as a last resort:Oral isotretinoin (formerly knownas Accutane) is very effective,but comes with serious potentialside effects, includingulcerative colitis, risk ofdepression, and birth defects.Because of these risks, yourdoctor will monitor you closelyif you’re on Isotretinoin.Prescription Oral Drug OptionsOral antibiotics: Oral antibiotics arestronger than topical ones, and moreeffective at reducing bacteria andfighting inflammation. Yourdermatologist will probably prescribethem with a topical retinoid andbenzoyl peroxide, which reduces yourchance of developing resistance to theantibiotic.Oral contraceptives or antiandrogenagents, for women: oral contraceptivescontain estrogen, which can helpbalance hormones and clear skin.Antiandrogen agents are also hormonaldrugs, working to block a hormone’seffects on certain glands.Isotretinoin, as a last resort: Oralisotretinoin (formerly known asAccutane) is very effective, but comeswith serious potential side effects,including ulcerative colitis, risk ofdepression, and birth defects. Becauseof these risks, your doctor willmonitor you closely if you’re onIsotretinoin.Prescription Oral Drug OptionsOral antibiotics: Oral antibiotics arestronger than topical ones, and moreeffective at reducing bacteria and fightinginflammation. Your dermatologist willprobably prescribe them with a topicalretinoid and benzoyl peroxide, which reducesyour chance of developing resistance to theantibiotic.Oral contraceptives or antiandrogen agents,for women: oral contraceptives containestrogen, which can help balance hormonesand clear skin. Antiandrogen agents are alsohormonal drugs, working to block ahormone’s effects on certain glands.Isotretinoin, as a last resort: Oralisotretinoin (formerly known as Accutane) isvery effective, but comes with seriouspotential side effects, including ulcerativecolitis, risk of depression, and birthdefects. Because of these risks, your doctorwill monitor you closely if you’re onIsotretinoin.Prescription Oral Drug OptionsOral antibiotics: Oral antibiotics are stronger than topical ones, andmore effective at reducing bacteria and fighting inflammation. Yourdermatologist will probably prescribe them with a topical retinoid andbenzoyl peroxide, which reduces your chance of developing resistance tothe antibiotic.Oral contraceptives or antiandrogen agents, for women: oralcontraceptives contain estrogen, which can help balance hormones andclear skin. Antiandrogen agents are also hormonal drugs, working toblock a hormone’s effects on certain glands.Isotretinoin, as a last resort: Oral isotretinoin (formerly known asAccutane) is very effective, but comes with serious potential sideeffects, including ulcerative colitis, risk of depression, and birthdefects. Because of these risks, your doctor will monitor you closely ifyou’re on Isotretinoin.Prescription Oral Drug OptionsOral antibiotics: Oral antibiotics are stronger than topical ones, and moreeffective at reducing bacteria and fighting inflammation. Your dermatologistwill probably prescribe them with a topical retinoid and benzoyl peroxide,which reduces your chance of developing resistance to the antibiotic.Oral contraceptives or antiandrogen agents, for women: oral contraceptivescontain estrogen, which can help balance hormones and clear skin. Antiandrogenagents are also hormonal drugs, working to block a hormone’s effects oncertain glands.Isotretinoin, as a last resort: Oral isotretinoin (formerly known as Accutane)is very effective, but comes with serious potential side effects, includingulcerative colitis, risk of depression, and birth defects. Because of theserisks, your doctor will monitor you closely if you’re on Isotretinoin.

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Antibiotics help reduce bacteria on the skin. They also can reduce inflammation and redness, making your skin clearer. Antibiotics may be prescribed as a topical cream that you leave on your skin or as an oral medication.[17] Usually, the doctor will want to get you off oral antibiotics as soon as possible. If you take these medications too often, your body can develop a resistance and also and they can change your body's natural gut flora and/or vaginal flora.

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Dermatologists and estheticians use chemical peels to help remove certain types of acne. Blackheads and papules are the main forms that benefit from this treatment, and it may result in smoother skin for you. Ask your skin care specialist if this option is a good one for you.[18]

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Another option from your dermatologist is the use of lasers. These treatments can help lower the amount of bacteria on your face and also tighten your pores, which in turn can reduce your acne.[19] Ask if this treatment is right for you.[20]

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If your face has been scarred by acne, your dermatologist may be able to help smooth out your face. Chemical peels and laser treatments can help, but other options are available, too.[21] Ask about skin fillers, where the dermatologist will inject a filler under the skin to help smooth it out. Another option is microdermabrasion, which basically involves sanding your skin down with a brush. A more extreme option is skin surgery, where the surgeon physically cuts out the scars, then repairs the holes left behind.

Part 4
Keeping Your Skin Healthy

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Hot water can dry out your skin, so if you spend a long time in hot showers, you run the risk of harming your skin. Stick to warm water only, and limit the amount of time you're in the shower.[22] Shorter showers are also environmentally friendly.

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The sun can damage your skin over time, making it age faster. To protect your skin, use a daily sunscreen. Avoid the sun, particularly at the hottest part of the day, and wear clothing that covers your skin, including a hat, sunglasses, pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.[23]Choosing and Using SunscreenGrab a broad-spectrum sunscreenwith UVA and UVB protection. UVArays can prematurely age yourskin, while UVB rays will createsunburn. Too much exposure toeither one can cause skin cancer.Make sure it has an SPF of atleast 30. SPF 30 providesslightly more protection than SPF15. Similarly, anything over SPF50 only slightly increases yourprotection. Prioritize finding abroad spectrum brand rather thana high SPF.If you use a spray, applygenerously and evenly. Lotionsand creams tend to have areputation for better coverage,but a spray can be effective ifyou make sure to spray it heavilyand over all exposed skin. Youcan also use a gel, cream, orlotion first, then reapply withspray later.Apply 15 minutes before you gooutside. Reapply every 2 hours.You should also reapplyimmediately after going swimmingor sweating heavily, even if thesunscreen is water resistant.Choosing and Using SunscreenGrab a broad-spectrum sunscreen withUVA and UVB protection. UVA rays canprematurely age your skin, while UVBrays will create sunburn. Too muchexposure to either one can cause skincancer.Make sure it has an SPF of at least30. SPF 30 provides slightly moreprotection than SPF 15. Similarly,anything over SPF 50 only slightlyincreases your protection. Prioritizefinding a broad spectrum brand ratherthan a high SPF.If you use a spray, apply generouslyand evenly. Lotions and creams tend tohave a reputation for better coverage,but a spray can be effective if youmake sure to spray it heavily and overall exposed skin. You can also use agel, cream, or lotion first, thenreapply with spray later.Apply 15 minutes before you gooutside. Reapply every 2 hours. Youshould also reapply immediately aftergoing swimming or sweating heavily,even if the sunscreen is waterresistant.Choosing and Using SunscreenGrab a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA andUVB protection. UVA rays can prematurely ageyour skin, while UVB rays will createsunburn. Too much exposure to either one cancause skin cancer.Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30. SPF30 provides slightly more protection thanSPF 15. Similarly, anything over SPF 50 onlyslightly increases your protection.Prioritize finding a broad spectrum brandrather than a high SPF.If you use a spray, apply generously andevenly. Lotions and creams tend to have areputation for better coverage, but a spraycan be effective if you make sure to sprayit heavily and over all exposed skin. Youcan also use a gel, cream, or lotion first,then reapply with spray later.Apply 15 minutes before you go outside.Reapply every 2 hours. You should alsoreapply immediately after going swimming orsweating heavily, even if the sunscreen iswater resistant.Choosing and Using SunscreenGrab a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. UVA rayscan prematurely age your skin, while UVB rays will create sunburn. Toomuch exposure to either one can cause skin cancer.Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30. SPF 30 provides slightly moreprotection than SPF 15. Similarly, anything over SPF 50 only slightlyincreases your protection. Prioritize finding a broad spectrum brandrather than a high SPF.If you use a spray, apply generously and evenly. Lotions and creams tendto have a reputation for better coverage, but a spray can be effectiveif you make sure to spray it heavily and over all exposed skin. You canalso use a gel, cream, or lotion first, then reapply with spray later.Apply 15 minutes before you go outside. Reapply every 2 hours. Youshould also reapply immediately after going swimming or sweatingheavily, even if the sunscreen is water resistant.Choosing and Using SunscreenGrab a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays canprematurely age your skin, while UVB rays will create sunburn. Too muchexposure to either one can cause skin cancer.Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30. SPF 30 provides slightly moreprotection than SPF 15. Similarly, anything over SPF 50 only slightlyincreases your protection. Prioritize finding a broad spectrum brand ratherthan a high SPF.If you use a spray, apply generously and evenly. Lotions and creams tend tohave a reputation for better coverage, but a spray can be effective if youmake sure to spray it heavily and over all exposed skin. You can also use agel, cream, or lotion first, then reapply with spray later.Apply 15 minutes before you go outside. Reapply every 2 hours. You should alsoreapply immediately after going swimming or sweating heavily, even if thesunscreen is water resistant.

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Drinking water is essential for your body to function well, and that includes your skin. If you're dehydrated, your skin will also dry out. Drink enough water so that you don't feel thirsty, which is usually enough to keep your skin hydrated.[24] Women should aim to drink at least 2.2 liters (0.6 US gal) or nine cups of water a day.[25] Guys should aim to drink at least three liters (13 cups) of water a day.

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When your skin is dry, it needs a good moisturizer, such as a body lotion. When choosing one, look for one that matches your skin type, such as a lotion meant for oily or dry skin. You can pick one with an SPF to accomplish two things at once.[26]

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Your skin needs good fats to stay healthy and keep that natural glow. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are particularly good for nourishment. Add foods like salmon, mackerel, soybean oil, walnuts, flaxseed, sardines, albacore tuna, and tofu to your diet to improve your skin.[27]

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Various physical ailments are worsened by stress, anxiety, and depression. Skin ailments are no different, and they may be helped by working on your internal problems. If you have issues with anxiety or depression, medication or therapy may be helpful. Talk to your doctor about what's right for you.[28]

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Stress can cause you to break out more often. To decrease your stress levels, try yoga, exercise, or meditation. You can also try cutting back on things that cause you stress. For instance, if you get stressed out by the news, try limiting your intake to 30 minutes a day.[29] One quick trick is taking a moment each day for deep breathing. Close your eyes, and focus solely on your breathing. Breathe in to the count of four, and hold it for four counts. Breathe out to the count of four. Keep focusing on your breathing for a few minutes to help let go of your stress.