A-to-Z guide to clear skin

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A-to-Z guide to clear skin

A is for Alpha Hydroxy Acid
It sounds scary, but AHAís actually help keep your pores clean and your skin glowing. If youíre prone to blackheads, seek out a cleanser with this key ingredient.

B is for bacne
Sadly, clogged pores arenít just limited to your face. Changing out of sports gear quickly and using a body wash with salicylic acid can help clear up your back.

C is for cleansing before bed
Remember to remove your makeup every night before you hit the hay. Seriously, this one rule that canít be broken.

D is for DIY facials
Why dash out to the drugstore to quick-fix your skin? You can make at-home facials with items in your fridge. You can mash a banana, mix one with ľ cup plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey and pop it on your face for a few minutes. Rinse it off and unveil clean skin.

E is for exfoliating
Blast away excess dirt and dead skin cells (ick) a couple times a week. Donít go for anything too gritty (weíre lookiní at you, apricot scrub!).

G is for green tea
Drinking this natural antioxidant has shown to benefit almost every aspect of your girlís health. You donít have to only drink the tea to reap the benefits of it: We heart products with calming green tea in them.

H is for a healthy diet
Eating right is just as important as washing your face. Here are some basic diet rules to stick by: Nosh plenty of fruits and veggies; theyíre packed with nutrients your skin needs. Drink lotsa water per day to wash all the extra oil and other impurities out of your system. Donít overdo it on the junk food!

I is for irritants
Over-exfoliating, certain facial products and stress can all cause your skin to freak. Remember to avoid buffing skin more than twice a week, try yoga to keep stress at bay and only use skin products that are non-comedogenic (i.e. donít clog your pores).

J is for jojoba oil
This botanical oil has anti-inflammatory properties, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin and enhances the smoothness and will improve your complexion. Ironically, itíll also mop up excess grease from your face. Add a few drops to your moisturizer to keep skin stable.

K is for keeping your hair off your face
We know: Bangs up the cool factor on your coif. Truth is, having all that hair hanging in your face can lead to breakouts.

L is for lip scrub
Move over, balm. Every few weeks take a couple minutes show your kisser some love by buffing away dead skin (an old toothbrush or some sugar mixed with olive oil works). Youíll reveal smooth, soft skin.

M is for moisturizer
Never, ever skip moisturizing, even if youíre prone to oil. Simply snag a formula thatís made for your skin type and slather it on after washing in the a.m. and p.m.

O is for Omegas
This nutrient, specifically Omega 3, 6, and 9, are essential fatty acids that are magnificent for your complexion. They are found in salmon, avocado and some nuts, so start seeking them out and incorporating them in your BTS lunches.

P is for protection against the sun
Slathering on sunscreen every day is so important, even when the sun is nowhere to be spotted.

Q is for a quick fix
Picking is never the answer and we donít love the idea of globbing on the concealer, either. Instead, apply Mario Badescu Drying Creamóthe yellow color makes zits disappear.

R is for ridding yourself of redness
Dab a bit of Visine or saline solution directly onto a blemish to zap it of its tell-tale color.

S is for stocking up on spot treaters
There are tons of spot treatments out there, but how many of them actually work? We dig Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, you can pick it up at your local drugstore and it wonít break the bank. Best of all, it actually works.

T is for taking it easy
When you get a blemish, itís easy to go into full-on assault mode: Exfoliating, loads of extra washing, picking, you name it. Instead, be gentle on your face. Avoid aggravating any bumps youíve got and keep up the moisturizing.

U is for under-eye treatment
First-day jitters got you up all night? You donít have to look zonked when you hit the halls. Use your ring finger to dab on some concealer. Try Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer SPF 10óitís pricey, but worth it.

V is for vitamins
Eating for your complexion isnít just about avoiding greasy pizza. Itís also about making sure you add plenty of awesome fruits and veggies to your diet.

W is for water
Start sipping, girl. Every esthetician weíve ever talked to mentions how key it is to stay hydrated all day. Buh-bye, toxins.

X is for xtra sleep
Your whole body needs at least 8 hours of zzzís every night. Itís called beauty sleep for a reason! Not only will you wake feeling more rested, itís proven that your skin glows and is generally healthier after a full nightís sleep. Plus, you donít have to worry about those dark circles under your eyes. Itís not Halloween yet, so thereís no reason to have raccoon eyes!

Y is for the yuck factor
Your pretty face comes into contact with a lot of not-so-sparkling stuffóold makeup brushes, pillowcases that havenít been washed in a while, sweaty t-shirts during soccer practice. Take precautions to keep the world around you clean and youíll avoid gunking up your face further.

Z is for zapping zits
Yes! Tools like Zeno, which radiate light into your infected pore and kills bacteria with heat, actually work. Itís a super easy way to banish your zits for good and takes practically no time.

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