18 Practical Ways to Have Clear Skin [Expert Guide]

Dark spots, acne, scars, blemishes, patches, hyperpigmentation, sunburns, and wrinkles all play a hand in stopping our dream of getting clear skin. Then you wonder how to have clear skin, with all these imperfections banging on your skin’s door.

Some of these are mostly caused by our lifestyle. And others…well, let’s just count it as our fate in life.

Nevertheless, getting clear and flawless skin is achievable. I’ve seen people with them. And I refuse to believe their “I’ve always been born with great skin” trick. There is always something done to get that face.

I realized not only one solution or a particular regimen exists to get clear skin. It’s a series of lifestyle, skincare, and naturally conscious activities that makes you have clear skin.

How to have clear skin

how to have clear skin

You can work to have clear skin by following these routines and lifestyle changes.

1. Cleanse your face

This should be a must-do for all skin types. Cleansing your face helps to clear off grime and dirt. It also helps to glow your face.

However, after cleansing your face, wash off all signs of the cleanser if it needs to be washed off. And use lukewarm water to wash off your face. Clean your face until it’s no longer soapy or slippery.

2. Cleansing your face? Try a cleansing brush

According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, “a cleansing device takes off more dirt, bacteria, and makeup from your skin.”  Also, it helps to keep the face looking softer and smoother.

The brushes can, in addition, exfoliate your skin, giving you clear skin. Although, it is advised you use a brush meant for the face. Some bristles might be hard on the face and cause irritation, redness, or bruises.

3. Be gentle with your skin

Scrubbing your skin too hard could be abrasive and cause more harm than good. Whether you are using a brush, a soft cleanser, or washcloth, be gentle. Skip anything that would be harmful.

Your skin type doesn’t matter, you have to avoid irritation. Moreover, you could be transferring bacteria from one dirty and oily place to another with your scrubbing, thereby changing nothing.

4. Use a toner

Toners are used to provide a deeper cleanse and prep the skin for other products. Do not think your skin does not need the extra boost.

A face toner also has brightening and glowing ingredients that improve skin complexion. In addition, it gets rid of the extra cleanse and exfoliator used before.

how to have clear skin

5. Exfoliate

You should exfoliate once or twice a week according to how your skin dictates. But use a gentle exfoliator if you have dry or sensitive skin. Meanwhile, acne-prone and oily skin would need mechanical exfoliators to keep their skin clear.

According to NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Melissa K. Levin, you should use a mild face wash before exfoliating your skin. Taking a bath first also works. The washed face makes it easier for the exfoliator to dig out stubborn grime and dirt stuck in your pores.

6. Try natural remedies

Getting clear skin is not easy. That is why you have to try every method safe for your skin until you find the right one. Using natural and homemade remedies can also help you get what you want.

How to have clear skin consists of putting theories into practice. And these remedies have been tested by other eager people who want a fast and natural method. Some of the remedies you can use include:

Coconut oil

You can use natural remedies like coconut oil. It has been found to contain phytochemical antioxidant properties that keep your skin infection-free. Also, free radicals would be stopped from damaging the skin.

Green tea

Green tea also has antioxidants that help to detoxify the skin. You can find green tea in moisturizers, facial creams, and exfoliants because of this benefit.

To drink, all you have to do is make the tea with added honey and lemon for taste.


I found that oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Similarly, it works to soothe the skin. You can mix the oatmeal with honey or lemon juice and apply it to your face as a mask. Then you remove it with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.

Turmeric powder


Turmeric is a root plant that has skin-lightening properties. Moreover, it has therapeutic agents and antiseptic properties that treat skin issues like acne, wounds, and cuts.

All you have to do is mix 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and mix with water till it becomes a thick paste. Then you apply it to your face as a face mask. It’s safe to use daily until you get your desired result.

Rose water and lemon juice

Rose water acts as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also helps to enhance the elasticity of the skin. Meanwhile, lemon is rich in vitamin C, which helps the skin stay bright and clears blemishes.

You can use the rose and lemon extracts like a normal cleanser or toner to clear your imperfections.

Read Also: Helpful Remedies to Remove Spots on Your Dark Skin

7. Try topical treatments

Topical products are targeted treatments that treat your problem areas. They contain components formulated to treat your particular issues. Topical treatments like retinoids work to clear the skin pores and treat acne.

Dr. Jeremy Brauer, says retinoids are powerful forms of vitamin A and should be used moderately. A pea-size amount of the products is enough to keep the skin treated.

8. Wash your face twice a day

Starting your day with face washing and ending it with face washing would help your skin stay hydrated and clean. This is most especially needed for oily skin. Washing your face would reduce the acne lesions on your face.

A study found that participants who washed their face twice a day had improvement with acne than people who washed their face once a day.

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9. Stop touching your face

Our hands carry more bacteria than we can imagine. That’s because they come in contact with many things.

When we use our hands to touch the face, we are transferring bacteria from our hands to our face. The bacteria, in turn, clogs the pores, causing acne breakouts.

For you to have clear skin, you need to stop touching your face. This includes touching to pop a pimple or feel how smooth or rough your skin is. Restrain yourself when it comes to touching your face.

However, if you must touch your face, do so with clean hands. Cultivate the habit of washing your hands after every use. This includes after exercises, cooking, or coming in contact with dirt. And after washing your hands, use hand cream to prevent them from wrinkling.

10. Moisturize

Moisturize your skin regularly, every day. Moisturizers help keep the skin moist and hydrated. If the skin has enough moisture, it can retain its elasticity and firmness.

Moreover, some moisturizers help to treat some skin issues like hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and aging effects. Your moisturizer doesn’t have to be expensive. All you have to do is get moisturizers that cater to your skin.

drinking water

11. Stay hydrated

The skin contains 64% of water. Therefore your body needs water, lots of it. It’s what keeps our skin protected. Perched skin is dry skin. So you need to stay hydrated by drinking water.

If you find yourself in a low humidity environment, make sure to fortify your skin with hydrating products and also drink enough water. This would keep your skin cells healthy.

12. Wash your makeup tools

Even I forget to do this sometimes. But washing makeup tools including brushes, sponges, and foams with a baby shampoo would help to get clear skin.

Your makeup tools could accumulate dirt and breed bacteria over time. And it wouldn’t matter if you are on the right skincare regimen. Everything goes to waste if you do not clean your makeup brushes.

13. Always wear your sunscreen

Sunscreen does more than you think. It protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB radiation and seals moisture. Sunscreens are meant to be worn both indoors and outdoors, as long as it is during the day.

In addition, it should be worn even when the weather is cold, including winter days.

If you live in the Caribbean, and Southern part of America, you have to wear sunscreens regularly. This includes dark skin tone too. Dark skins need sunscreen as much as fair and light skin tones.

14. Sleep

The skin repairs itself when you sleep. That is when collagen and elastin are produced.

However, when you do not sleep, your skin is likely to react. You would experience acne breakouts, sagging skin or wrinkles, dark eye circles and bags, and dehydration.

Sleep is important because our bodies rest, recuperate, and rejuvenate. The average hours of sleep for adults is seven hours at the minimum. So you have to sleep for at least those hours for your skin to stay sustained.

15. Reduce stress

Like lack of sleep, stress is known to cause visible negative reactions on the body. Stress has been tied to the loss of hair, weight loss, and dull sagging skin.

Smitha Ramanadham M.D., F.A.C.S. says our bodies are directly linked and react when we are stressed or express a lack of sleep.

She further highlights that stress induces the hormone, cortisol, which triggers our skin to produce more sebum or oil, working overtime. “This excess oil clogs the pores, causing breakouts. It’s important to set time aside for self-care,” she states.

Do something that relaxes and de-stresses you in your free time.

healthy diet

16. Keep a healthy diet

A diet rich in nutrients keeps the body going. Also, it is healthy. The nutrients furthermore benefit the skin and keep it glowing and flawless.

Your diet should have vitamins, iron, proteins, and fiber. You can look to superfoods to keep you healthy every day.

17. Use non-comedogenic products

Skincare and beauty products come in different forms and formulas. However, whenever you get a new product, the label has to read non-comedogenic. This means the formula of the product wouldn’t clog your skin pores.

A product that reads oil-free and non-comedogenic would penetrate your skin pores without blocking them. Furthermore, the products are lightweight and do not weigh the skin down.

18. Go natural

If you can do without makeup, I would advise you to do so. Going natural doesn’t mean stopping skincare products too. You still need to clear your skin with cleansers, exfoliators, moisturizers and protect with sunscreen.

Similarly, you can use CC creams or BB creams because they are hybrid skincare and beauty products.

Frequently asked questions

how to have clear skin

Can I get clear skin overnight?

It depends. If you have deep acne scars, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, or pimple, you may not get more than smooth brightened skin if you use the right method.

However, people with dull skin and no signs of blemishes can get clear skin overnight by using an overnight routine.

Can I get clear skin naturally?

Yes, you can.

There are natural ways to get clear skin. You should start with washing your face twice a day and having a complete morning and nighttime skincare routine.

Then you can move to home remedies that help to get clear skin.

Will my clear skin look bright when it’s clear?

Yes, it would. Clear skin is also brightened skin.

Having flawless clear skin means your skin would be in perfect condition. It is free of hyperpigmentation, discoloration, acne, breakouts, and scars.

Also, if you exfoliate and practice self-care, it would be glowing and bright.

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Flawless skin is not easy to get. Even if you are born with good skin, you have to consciously care for it. That’s why there are various tips on how to have clear skin.

With all these helpful tricks and hacks, it starts with washing your face and sleeping well. If you can start the morning and nighttime routines and then get enough sleep, you are on your way to getting clear skin.

So stop looking around and get to work creating perfect and flawless clear skin.

Thanks for reading.

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