Achieving clearer skin isn’t a one size fits all approach. As with most skincare practices, it’s important to consider skin type when devising a plan for clarity.  

Dry Skin: If you have dry skin, Dr. Ciraldo says to “avoid any products that seem to cause flaking or redness on your skin” as it can cause the skin to “overreact to aggressively drying regimens and often produce more unhealthy skin oils to compensate for dryness.” As a result, you might experience even more breakouts. 

Oily Skin: For those with oily complexions, Dr. Ciraldo recommends using BHA to “dislodge the excess oils that get trapped into the clogged pores.” She also recommends adding a retinol to your regimen.  

Combination Skin: “Most people really have combination skin,” says Dr. Ciraldo. “The rule here is to always apply your skincare in front of a well lit mirror,” she adds, noting how you might need to spot treat in areas that have “the most concentrated breakouts.” These spots tend to be along the hairline or nose. As an added precaution, Dr. Ciraldo says to “never apply acne treatment products to areas that are already very inflamed or peeling.”  

The secret to getting clearer skin is not just in the formulas we use, but the practices we establish, too. And, while we might have not always had the best methods in place — read: the scrubbing and picking — it’s never too late to try a new way. When it comes to our bodies (our complexions included), kindness goes a long way. That also extends to trying new skincare regimens out. No matter what your skin type is, Dr. Ciraldo says “more is not better” in the name of clear skin. She recommends applying products sparingly and to consider starting new acne products gradually.  


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