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1) Stop the chemicals

Chemical peels are not always ideal for clear skin. However, many chemical-based skin products not only contain harmful ingredients, they can also excessively dry out skin and further increase skin problems. Opt for a gentler approach to fighting acne, look for natural spot-fighting ingredients such as tea tree oil or manuka honey. Manuka honey not only has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties to fight spots, it also reduces the scarring and marks left by spots.

2) Use the right makeup

Most of us have experienced acne and we try to cover it up layers of make up. However, while makeup can temporarily disguise the look of spots, it can also make the problem a lot worse. For better coverage that won’t cause flare-ups, make sure you opt for non-comedogenic makeup that won’t clog pores. To further increase the spot-fighting powers of your cosmetics, try using mineral makeup containing zinc oxide, which will fight against acne-causing bacteria.

3) Drink spearmint tea

Acne is generally caused by hormones called androgens, which can over-stimulate the sebaceous glands leading to oily skin, blocked pores and blemishes. To counteract this, oral contraceptives are often prescribed to women suffering from acne. However, while beneficial for clearing blemishes, these contraceptive pills can have inconvenient and even dangerous side effects. Research suggests that spearmint tea has similar anti-androgen properties, which could help reduce acne and hormone imbalances in women.

4) Reduce your skin’s contact to bacteria

Your skin comes into contact with dirt and germs that can lead to acne. During the time you are asleep, your pillow comes into contact with makeup, skin oils and saliva, making it a breeding ground for bacteria that can worsen acne. Likewise, unwashed makeup brushes can spread bacteria to your skin. To minimize your skin’s contact to bacteria, make sure you wash makeup brushes every two weeks and change your pillowcase regularly. Also, avoid touching your face as much as possible and try to clean your phone with antibacterial wipes before making calls.

5) Clean your skin properly

If you suffer from oily or acne-prone skin it can be tempting to over-cleanse your skin to dry out oils and kill bacteria.

However, cleaning your skin too often or using harsh cleansers can dry out your skin, causing flakiness which can clog pores. This can also cause your skin to produce more oils to compensate. Instead, wash your skin twice a day with a gentle, PH-balanced cleanser so it doesn't destroy the acid mantle of the skin, which protects against moisture loss and bacteria. Remove the cleanser with a wash cloth to lightly exfoliate the skin.

6) Alter your diet

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of nutrients and vitamins is one of the main factors behind beautiful looking skin. However, there are also certain foods you can cut back on or eat more of in order to help get rid of blemishes. Research suggests that dairy is a major cause of acne for many people due to the hormones it contains. Plastic water bottles and food packaging can also produce chemicals which can lead to hormone imbalance. Swap packaged foods for fresh, skin-friendly produce including lots of fruit and vegetables and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

7) Find ways to handle stress

Research findings suggest that high stress levels can worsen acne. It is thought that this may be due to the fact that stress stimulates the production of hormones which stimulate oil production in the skin’s sebaceous glands. Stress is also thought to cause the release of chemicals which can lead to inflammation. To help keep your skin clear and spot-free, try to find healthy ways to deal with stress such as exercise, meditation or listening to calming music. Try to talk through problems with someone else as well to help relieve any worries.

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