How To Get Clear Skin Fast: 15 Tips For A Smooth, Acne-Free Complexion

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Let's face it: Your face (see what I did there?) reveals so much about you, from your feelings to your lifestyle (piercings, funky makeup, neutral or no makeup, tan or pale skin). Your skin "shares" so much with the world around you, whether it's dehydrated, dewy, acne-inflicted or reddened. 

It doesn't matter if you're a "Makeup Maven" to "Natural Beauty"; you want your skin to be clear and fresh-looking. After all, people spend a whole lot of money on their skin, no matter what facial frenzies they're dealing with, from aging to acne.

Knowing this, wouldn't it be fabulous to have 15 little tricks up your sleeve so you can really learn how to get clear skin fast? This way, whether you're rocking an early morning meeting or a killer first date, you can combat unsightly and anxiety-inducing pimples with a little confidence and knowledge. Because knowing is half the battle right? Right!

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Here are 15 simple tricks for how to get clear skin quickly. You can thank us later.

1. Apply coconut oil.

Get ready of that flaky, dull look with coconut oil, like Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Simply apply it on your skin with your fingertips — clean your hands first, of course — and leave on for ten minutes or so. Wipe off with a warm washcloth or cotton ball.

This is fantastic for drier skins or people who have skin sensitivities and eczema. This is not the best solution for oily skins, unless you already know that coconut oil is your jam.

2. Use baking soda and lemon for spots, scars, and acne.

 Okay, grab yourself some baking soda and a lemon and get to work. You'll need to experiment with the amounts depending on the size of the pimple, spot or scar you're dealing with. Basically, use lemon juice and baking soda to create a paste. Then, apply on the "culprit" and wash off after ten minutes. Do NOT apply this all over your face.

3. Try egg whites to tighten and tone.

All it takes is some egg whites. Yes, you heard that right! Go to your refrigerator and grab some eggs. Separate the white from the yolk. Then, whisk the egg whites in a bowl until they froth a bit. After that, apply the egg white to your face and neck with a facial brush. Leave it on for ten minutes and rinse off in circular motions. Your face will be super-smooth!

4. Remove blackheads with honey, baking soda, and salt.

Mix one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of honey, and two tablespoons of salt. Take the paste and apply on blackheads for five minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

5. Naturally clear up your skin with tea tree oil.

Buy yourself some tea tree oil — like this product, Naturenics Tea Tree Essential Oil, and apply on acne. Tea tree oil is amazing for many things — and not just acne, so it's a worthwhile purchase. You can use it for scalp issues, fungus, cuts, and much more.

6. Use products with salicylic acid.

When acne strikes you, it's a great idea to have some spot treatments that contain Salicylic Acid. Murad's Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is always one I recommend to friends who are prone to breakouts. This is a spot treatment and not to be put all over your face, FYI.

7. Kill your acne with benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl Peroxide has been killing acne for-evah. Sadly, Mr. Benzoyl and I do not mix — so, as a teen I stayed far away from him. But many people have amazing results with it. Try out Proactiv's Emergency Blemish Relief. And yes, a zit can be an emergency!

Note that Benzoyl Peroxide can be drying, as well as Salicylic Acid, so always use these acne treatments sparingly. Over-drying your skin can actually make it produce too much oil in response, leaving you acne marked... again.

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8. Wash smartly.

If you are an acne-prone dude or babe, you need to have good basic skincare. A lot of the times if you're suffering from acne, it means that your diet and your skincare habits have to change. It can also mean you need to see a dermatologist for bigger fixes like medications.

But if you use a good face wash and moisturizer and go from there, you're already onto something. Try out Rodan & Field's Unblemish Acne Treatment Wash and pair with the Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment.

9. Treat your spots with blemish treatments.

If you find yourself getting spotty and in a very bad way, the Acne-Clear Invisible Dots Blemish Treatment by Peter Thomas Roth will clear your skin pronto! I absolutely love many of Peter Thomas Roth's products, and this one is worth your money.

The nice things about these new "dot treatments" is it will keep you from picking at your pimples, which I know y'all do — and shouldn't!

10. Try a magic concoction of oatmeal, egg whites, and lemon juice.

Okay, so back to a natural option. Combine cooked oatmeal with egg whites and lemon juice to apply as a mask. This will tighten, smooth and purify your skin. Leave on for ten minutes and wash off.

11. Use aloe vera to soothe.

Aloe vera gel truly is your skin's friend. Can't even count how many times I've turned to aloe vera for skin maladies, and I remember how my mom applied it on my poor sunburnt skin directly from an aloe vera plant. Apply the gel on acne and unsightly marks for an hour, and then wash off.

12. Put a little toothpaste on your problem areas.

Okay, so here's a nice cheap solution: Grab your toothpaste, and as long as it's not a gel formulation, apply it to your pimples overnight. You may need to do a midnight check to see if your Colgate is all over your pimple or your pillow though, but this is a method people have been using forever.

13. Use apple cider vinegar as a toner.

Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and apply with a cotton ball as a toner to clear skin and eliminate nasty dead skin cells. Yuck! No one likes dead, yucky skin.

14. Exfoliate with salt and olive oil.

Grab some good old-fashioned table salt and extra virgin olive oil. Apply as an exfoliant. Wash off, but do not try this if your skin is dry because salt will dry out your skin.

15. Invest in a facial brush.

An acne-prone girl's best friend is the facial brush. Don't overuse and watch to see for dryness or redness and any other issues of course, but a facial brush can get rid of makeup and everything else that facial cleansers leave behind. Proactiv's brush is popular and affordable as opposed to some of the fancier and more expensive options.

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Laura Lifshitz will work for chocolate. The former MTV personality and Columbia University graduate is currently writing about divorce, sex, women’s issues, fitness, parenting, marriage and more for YourTangoNew York Times, DivorceForce, Women’s Health, Working Mother, Pop Sugar, and more. Her own website is

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