10 Ways To Get Clearer Skin

1. Wash Your Face Before Bed.

Cleansing your face washes away the sweat, grime and makeup that can clog pores while you rest. If you’re feeling extra lazy, apply a layer of exfoliating cleanser to your face before you brush your teeth. When you finish brushing and flossing, add water to the cleanser with your hands to lather the cleanser and then rinse your face. Your flash mask just did all the work for you!

2. Remember to rinse with warm, not hot water.

Hot water dries out the skin. Cold water doesn’t open the pores, hindering you from getting the dirt out of them. Rinsing with warm water is a happy medium, allowing you to get a deep clean without being too harsh.

3. Rewash your face in the morning.

Unless you sleep with your hair in a bonnet and don’t sweat at night, a good wash in the morning is necessary. You wouldn’t skip a shower after a workout if you feel the need to wash your hair the next day, you should probably wash your face too. The products in your hair have transferred to your pillows and are now sitting on your skin. Do a quick wash 30 to 45 seconds and don’t forget to tone.

4. Tackle your t-zone with toner.

Besides getting rid of any residue or cleanser, toner helps keep oil and shine at bay. Look for salicylic acid in the ingredient list if you are breakout prone.

5. Exfoliate in the shower.

We’re busy people and we like multitasking. The steam from the shower will open the pores so that manual exfoliators can get out the dirt, and chemical exfoliators like salicylic acid can penetrate deeper into the skin for more effective results.

6. Unclog pores with clay.

Acne blemishes occur when oil, dead skin cells and dirt clog pores. Clay can help draw out oil, impurities and bacteria for a clearer complexion. A clay face mask usually takes less than 10 minutes and can be used up to 3 times a week.

7. Make sure your mask has sulfur in it.

Clay and sulfur are best buds. Sulfur is naturally anti-bacterial and has some of the same properties as clay. It helps clarify the skin by drawing out impurities and excess oil. Teamwork makes the dream work!

8. Say no to Benzoyl Peroxide.

We know. We know. You’ve seen all the Proactiv commercials and all the YouTube videos. We aren’t saying that it doesn’t work to improve the look of acne, but do you want redness and irritation as a side-effect to clear skin when there are other ingredients that deliver the same or even better results without the irritation? Plus, the stuff stains your clothes and sheets! Look for acne-fighting ingredients such as hydroxy acids, retinol and tea tree oil to curb breakouts.

9. Moisturize.

It’s a misconception that oily skin doesn’t need a good moisturizer. Your skin can overproduce sebum in efforts to moisturize and lubricate the skin. Oil-free moisturizers and moisturizers for acne-prone skin can help balance oil production and keep skin hydrated and clear.

10. Use an oil-free SPF daily.

Oil-free sunscreens offer the protection you need from sun damage and early signs of aging without the oil that can aggravate your skin and cause breakouts.

How to Manage Your Acne Like A Boss

It’s time to think of your acne as an employee instead of a bully. It should no longer be the part of your appearance that makes you insecure. It shouldn’t be something that makes you want to hide. Instead, think of your acne as an employee. Your employee. And just like all good managers, new employees need training to be successful. So, let’s take some advice from Peter Economy, the biz writer at Inc.com. We’ve adapted his tips from “7 Keys to Becoming a Remarkably Effective Leader” on Inc.com to manage your acne.

Delegate Wisely

“The key to leadership success is to learn to effectively delegate both the responsibility for completing assignments and the authority required to get things done,” Peter writes. He goes on to explain that we don’t always have to do it ourselves. In terms of your skin, working with aestheticians allows them to use their skin care knowledge to recommend treatments to help you reach your skin goals faster and in a healthier way. Speaking of goals..

Set Goals

Let’s be clear: set realistic goals. Acne free by the weekend? Not likely. However, a proper assessment of your skin to determine the cause of your acne is a good start. If your dermatologist or aesthetician can determine the cause, you can work with these professionals to create a realistic treatment and home care regimen that will decrease your acne and the scars they can leave behind in a safe and reasonable time frame.


Be up front with your aesthetician about your lifestyle. Share with them your diet and exercise habits, medications you may be taking or if you are feeling particularly stressed recently. This may all affect how your skin is behaving.

Make time for your regimen

Peter recommends making time for your employees. We’ve adapted this to be about your regimen. Most regimens include a day and night routine and a treatment series to give you a clearer, healthier complexion. It’s tempting to skip steps or treatments all together when you are in a hurry or if you have a busy schedule. Understand that these regimens are training your skin to be less reactive, and this training takes time.

Recognize achievements

Is your skin less red? Are your breakouts less frequent? Is your skin less oily? Celebrate the small victories along the way to your skin goals.

Think about lasting solutions

“No matter how difficult the problem, there is always a quick solution, and leaders are happiest when they are devising solutions to problems,” Peter writes. “The trouble is that, in our zeal to fix things quickly and move on to the next fire, we often overlook the lasting solution that may take longer to develop.” We love this quote! There are always going to be new acne treatment fads and DIY masks and peels, but even though you may see results, these quick fixes may be doing damage to your skin long-term. COSMEDIX’s treatments and regimens give you the results you desire without compromising skin health.

Don’t take it all too seriously

Everyone has improvements they would like to make to their appearance. Keep in mind, though, that these improvements aren’t necessary if they aren’t affecting our health or our happiness. Let your inner beauty radiate and don’t let a few pimples stop you from smiling big and taking charge.

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Learn more boss moves by following Peter Economy on Twitter @bizzwriter – and hear more tips in our video below.

COSMEDIX’s Guide to Using Retinol for Acne

What is retinol?

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that has been called the gold standard of anti-aging. It is used to help improve the look of skin for a healthier and younger-looking appearance. It also has been proven to improve the look of skin of those that suffer from some forms of acne. Your tolerance for retinol depends on your skin type and condition. Over-the-counter topical formulas range from SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex 0.25 to The Ordinary Advanced Retinol 2%. When starting a retinol regimen, it is important to not start above 2% retinol formula without consulting a dermatologist or aesthetician. Skin types that are darker, thicker, and tougher will be a bit more tolerant of retinol. COSMEDIX’S Refine Rx contains a 12% retinol complex. It is only available at select spa partners after a professional evaluation.

What does it do?

Retinol helps stimulate the skin’s natural metabolism and helps encourage collagen production. This means that retinol stimulates the skin’s natural renewal system growth, death, exfoliation, new skin cells which helps the skin slough off old, rough skin cells so fresh, healthy skin can surface. This visibly reduces the appearance of sun damage, brown spots, lines, wrinkles, acne blemishes and large pores while improving the skin’s texture and tone for a smoother, clearer, more even-toned look.

What is Retin-A?

Retin-A is more potent than retinol and requires a prescription. It can improve cell turnover in the epidermis, which leads to fewer clogged pores, less breakouts, smoother skin and smaller pores. Those with severe acne may opt for Retin-A for faster results, but this option isn’t a cure-all for all acne. Retin-A works best on acneic skin with clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads and closed comedones. Retin-A may cause more irritation and inflammation for those with sensitive, red, sore or inflamed skin.

What is a retinoid?

The term retinoid is a medical classification for Vitamin A-based molecules.

What is retinoic acid?

Retinoic acid is the acid form of Vitamin A also known as tretinoin. When retinol is absorbed into the skin and combines with certain enzymes, it converts to retinoic acid. It is often considered to be more effective in this form. Those with severe acne may have considered taking an oral pill that contains retinoic acid such as Accutane. The side-effects of such treatment can be severe and must be closely monitored by a physician. Products with an AGP Complex (short for arabinogalactan-proteins) help deliver retinol into the skin so it can convert to retinoic acid for optimal results without losing potency.

What is encapsulated retinol?

People with super-sensitive skin conditions including rosacea, eczema and inflammation caused by acne may not be able to tolerate traditional retinol treatments. COSMEDIX’s microencapsulated retinol formulas, such as Serum 16, are enriched with Vitamin E to help reduce irritation for those who have drying and sensitizing skin conditions but still want the acne-improving and age-defying results of retinol.

When should you use retinol?

Apply retinol at night and follow the instructions of your chosen product.  It’s usually a pea-size amount applied two or three times a week on the face and neck. If redness or irritation appears the next day, wait until skin returns to normal before reapplying. Two nights on and one night off is a good cadence for healthy results. After 30 to 60 days of use, stepping up the retinol level is recommended for optimized results. Consult your aesthetician for a recommended retinol regimen.

What is the downside?

Skin is more sensitive to light and thus sensitive to sunburn while using retinol. Sun protection is necessary. A high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen most be worn every day to protect the skin. In warmer months and during peak times of the day, a hat is suggested to keep the skin from burning. Also, retinoids are not recommended during pregnancy or while nursing. Discuss your retinol use and skin goals with your dermatologist before using a product that contains this ingredient.



Serums: The Unspoken Heroes for Acne Sufferers

Serums for Acne

When you're battling blemishes, it's important to have a skincare regimen in place that works to heal and nourish your skin while fighting acne-causing bacteria. Most regimens for acne-prone skin consist of a cleanser, toner, spot treatment and moisturizer with the occasional mask thrown into the mix. However, one of the most underrated products for treating acne is a good serum. Serums contain the highest concentration of active ingredients you can find in over-the-counter products.  This means they actually work and with continued use can help give you the skin you’ve always wanted.

Look for Effective Ingredients

Not all serums are created equal. Look for ones that contain ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Pregnenolone, which both work to deeply exfoliate, eliminate impurities and help balance oil production. Willowherb, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera are also great for acne-prone skin to help soothe the appearance of inflammation. Unlike a lot of acne treatments that contribute to redness, these ingredients help calm the skin and reduce irritation. Clarity by COSMEDIX contains all of these good-for-you ingredients plus Witch Hazel, Grapefruit Peel Oil and Rosemary Leaf Oil.

Find a Serum That's Gentle

Sure the benzoyl peroxide spot treatment you've been using helps heal your blemishes, but at what cost? If you're like most of us, the cost is dry, flaky, red and irritated skin. Finding a serum that is both gentle and effective will be the key to getting and maintaining clear skin. Clarity works to exfoliate the skin and clarify clogged pores that cause breakouts while also helping to nourish and calm the skin. As an added bonus, it can be used as a concentrated spot treatment to replace any benzoyl peroxide creams that you may be currently using. Try even laying it under your Clear mask for an added benefit! Irritation and redness and most importantly, blemishes will be issues of the past when you incorporate Clarity into your acne regimen.

Get Your Skin on Track for Success

Cleansers for acne

Finding yourself dealing with acne or overall congested skin can be tricky. People often find themselves picking, popping, or scrubbing away at their skin. Everyone is tempted to do these things, but as temping as they may be, this will just make it worse. So, where do you start?

A Good Cleanser

With acne and congested pores, the key is to make sure you are cleansing well twice a day and using a cleanser with exfoliating ingredients. For light congestion and dull skin, manual exfoliators are great but chemical exfoliation is key for more powerful results!

What is Chemical Exfoliation?

Manual exfoliators utilize ingredients like date seeds, jojoba beads and more to remove the dead surface layers of the skin through massage. Alternatively, chemical exfoliators dive into the skin layers and dislodge dead skin cells from upper layers. If your acne is severe, manual exfoliants can help spread the bacteria around your skin, which is why it's recommended to use chemical exfoliants as well within an acne cleansing routine.

Purity Clean was developed by COSMEDIX for this exact reason! It contains an ingredient called L-Lactic Acid, which is a chemical exfoliant that helps push away cellular debris and impurities from the skin that can cause blockages and the blemishes that we're tempted to pick at. In addition to L-Lactic Acid, Purity Clean also has Tea Tree Oil, an essential oil that balances and clarifies. The addition of Peppermint Oil helps refresh and calm the skin. Although powerful, Purity Clean is gentle enough to be used morning and night without the skin feeling stripped, irritated or dry. These three key ingredients combined make for a powerhouse cleanser that should be the base for any acne fighting regimen. When the skin is properly cleansed, it can receive all of the wonderful ingredients from toners, serums and moisturizers that would otherwise struggle to penetrate rough texture and dead skin cells.