How to Get Clear Skin Fast: 15 Tips for All Skin Types

There are so many skincare products on the market, but which do you choose and how do you even use them? We have regimen tips that will actually give you glowing results! The key is to look for products that have proven, dermatologist-tested ingredients and to use them correctly and consistently. Here are 15+ of our dermatologist's top tips on how to get clear skin... fast!

tips on how to get clear glowing skin fast

1. Use a Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C is one of the most effective topical treatments to help you get clear skin. It works by diminishing and preventing brown spots from sun damage, wrinkles and inflammation. It can also boost collagen production.

In the morning, after cleansing, apply to your face and don't forget sunscreen as your last step as an antioxidant can make your skin sensitive to sun rays.

iS Clinical Pro-Heal Advance Plus and Drunk Elephant C-Firma are some of our dermatologist top picks that will leave you glowing all day long.

2. Use products with glycolic acid 

Glycolic acid is an AHA which means it's a chemical exfoliant and is made up of tiny molecules, which will penetrate your skin deeper, resulting in quicker, better results. It's a favorite for getting clear skin because of its power to shrink pores, clear blackheads, acne scars, improve hyperpigmentation and photo-aging.

Pro-tip: It's not just about which products you use but also how you use them. Follow our regimen cheat sheet to learn the best order and how often to apply your products here (link to another blog post on this.)

3. Use a retinol 

Retinols are the holy grail to clear skin. They can help clear acne, fight signs of aging and even skin tone.

Pro-tip: Retinols are best for oily skin because if used too much or too often on dry skin, your skin may not tolerate it.

Shop our recommended retinol for oily or normal skin.

Shop our recommended retinol for dry skin.

Watch our video on beginner tips to learn how to use retinols.

4. Look for products with ceramides

Ceramides aid in preserving the skin by creating a protective barrier that helps prevent the loss of moisture and protects the skin from environmental aggressors. They are essential in combatting dryness, dehydration and premature signs of aging. Hydration + protection = clear skin.

5. Avoid these foods

Gluten causes gut inflammation, which can cause facial redness or breakouts. 

"Gluten-free" foods should also be cut out, because they contain a lot of sugar, which is not good for your skin. 

Dairy, may also cause inflammation in the gut, which can lead to inflammation on your skin.

6. Drink water

Drinking water (and a lot of it) can help get clear skin because keeping your body hydrated internally keeps your skin looking hydrated and healthy externally.

7. Never sleep in makeup

And we mean never! Forgetting to wash your face every night before bed can cause blackheads and clogged pores from built up bacteria.

Pro-Tip: Use a micellar water to take off makeup with a cotton pad and then cleanse again with an all over gentle facial cleanser.

8. Wear sunscreen

Every. single. day... Even when not in direct sunlight. 

Sun exposure = wrinkles, premature aging and increased risk of the deadliest skin cancer, melanoma. Opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect from sunburns, wrinkles and premature aging.

This is our #1 tip for clear skin. You will thank us later!

9. Keep your sheets clean

If you are experiencing acne on your cheeks, it may be time to change your pillow case. Grime from hair products can build up on your pillowcases and cause clogged pores.

10. Wash your makeup brushes

Avoid breakouts by washing your makeup brushes at least once a month. 

Brushes gather oil, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells and can cause acne and clogged pores. Always apply makeup to a clean face to avoid contaminating brushes.

11. Keep your skin moisturized

You may be apprehensive to add more products to your skin when it's already sensitive and breaking out. However, skipping moisturizer can do more harm than good. Choose an oil-free moisturizer that is also noncomedogenic. 

Moisturizers hydrate and soften the skin by creating a barrier that locks in moisture.

12.  Don't pick at your skin

We all know the frustration of waking up to a new pimple and how tempting it is to pick at it. Doing so only pushes the bacteria deeper into the pore, makes the area more prone to infection and can also cause scarring. If you want your blemishes to clear up fast, let them heal on their own!

13. Be gentle

Avoid over-scrubbing or using harsh ingredients on your skin. Use a gel-based cleanser  to wash with. Trust us, this type of cleanser is gentle enough on your skin yet effective at removing excess oil and dirt from your skin by working like a magnet!

14. Avoid hot water

Does your skin feel tight and dry after washing? You may be using water that is too hot for your skin to handle causing it to dry out. This can lead to dehydrated, flaky and uneven skin tone. Use lukewarm water instead!

Pro-tip: Your under eyes are one of the most delicate areas of your skin. Apply a facial oil to your under eyes before showering to lock in moisture!

15. See a dermatologist

If you are not seeing the results you want, it may be time to see an expert to get to the root of your skin problems. You may need prescription products or additional treatments to speed up the healing process of your skin. 

Derm to Door can help! Receive a free virtual diagnosis with our easy to use app (link here) that offers skin scan and treatment options (including prescription products from brand names you already love)... all from the comfort of your home at no extra cost.