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01 How to Get Clear Skin: Understand your skin

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01 How to Get Clear Skin: Understand your skin

Table of Contents
  1. How does the skin act as a natural compass?
  2. Does your skin breathe?
  3. Is skin an isolated part of the body?
  4. Is your skin alive?
  5. Does skin have a microbiome?
  6. What are your skin's needs?
  7. Do you know your skin type?
  8. What is the gut-skin axis?
  9. Are your skin products right for you?
  10. Is less actually more?
  11. DIY Routine
  12. Should you schedule a skin ritual?
  13. How much attention should you give your skin?
  14. Do you need a lifestyle shift?
  15. What's the secret to skincare success?
  16. Conclusion
smiling woman with clear skin

Wouldn’t you love to have your skin healthy, clear, and acne-free forever! Ahh, it makes the day bright, especially when you see that beautiful face first thing in the morning. There are days, though, when a pimple or acne comes out of nowhere! This could easily ruin a perfect day.

Just relax, don’t panic. You are not alone in this. Help is on the way.

In this series, we have broken down the steps to getting clear skin into easy-to-follow and easy-to-remember tips that you can incorporate into your daily life to make sure you get acne-free, healthy skin!

To give you a good foundation on skincare, it’s good to have a good understanding of how your skin works first.


Understanding the nature of your skin is crucial for you to properly care for it. When you get to understand how it relates to your whole body, keeping your skin healthy will come much easier!

The Skin: Your natural compass

hand holding a compass

For starters, the beauty of your skin comes with the fact that it not only protects and keeps all of your body parts together but it is also your natural compass. Your skin is an indicator of what is going on within you.

A healthy skin, or otherwise, points to whether you are giving yourself the right food, the right amount of water, enough exercise, or if you’re thinking the right thing. And yes, even what you are feeling! You rarely need fancy gadgets to gauge your body’s condition when you pay attention to the condition of your skin.

When you start getting curious why your skin looks such and such, you’ll surely take some time off from your doctor’s schedule. Get to know your skin. It’s all a Google away!

Your skin breathes

The skin is the largest organ of your body. Your skin is porous and permeable. Your skin BREATHES. What you apply to your skin will be absorbed. What is toxic, the skin secretes and excretes from your body in the form of sweat, oil, and gas - much like breathing.

Although the skin is your protective barrier from the harsh elements around you, the skin’s permeability also takes in elements from the environment. A study by the Linus Pauling Institute perfectly explains this. It states that topical application “may be comparable to that achieved through oral ingestion. Yet, topical application may be a more efficient, targeted method for supplying nutrients to the skin.”

Given this, it is always helpful to be mindful of what you put on your skin. Think of it like breathing. You wouldn’t want to stand in an area where you would be breathing in toxic air. Likewise, you do not want to let your skin breathe in toxic chemicals. Give your skin the best breathing space it deserves!

Skin is NOT an isolated part of the body

close up look of a woman with close eyes

Look at the skin not only as a part of your appearance. Instead, look at the skin as a part of the whole of your being. The skin is your body’s messenger. A healthy skin indicates that everything is right with your body - both inside and outside.

If you look at your skin this way, your approach to keeping your skin healthy will be more effective!

Skin is a natural, biological, and organic material

Yes, the skin is a natural, biological, and organic material. Your skin, like your whole body, thrives in a live environment. The skin has its own flora called the microbiota or skin microbiome. This good bacteria, if you will, endlessly labors to keep your skin supple, strong, and protected as much as it could.

Skin microbiome

The skin microbiome is a flora of microscopic bacteria. They are the regular tenants of your skin that keep skin hydrated and supple. They also fight off free radicals by supporting natural skin barriers.

Additionally, they stave off infection and protect against harmful UV rays. You will have to keep the microbiomes alive and robust together with your skin’s natural oils. This helps keep your skin healthy, clear, acne-free, young, and glowing!

Help your skin protect itself by wearing the right sun protective gear when you go outside! GearTop brings an excellent array of affordable yet high-quality sun protection hats that can help protect your skin’s microbiome. Pick from a range that delivers 360-degree sun protection, one that features UPF 50+coverage, and even a model that defends you from bugs!

woman holding a lemon

Your skin has needs

Just like any living thing, the skin has unique needs given its unique composition and structure. Since your skin is a natural, biological, organic material, when your skin needs care and nourishment, it’s ideal to find ingredients that are compatible with it.

The best skincare is the one that has taken the shortest path from the source to your skin. This is why the skin responds well to nature. Being in nature balances your body’s natural rhythm and hormones. This reflects on your skin. The skin benefits from all of nature’s oil, flora and fauna goodness to replenish its own set of oil and flora.

Know your skin type

woman holding a compact mirror

Knowing your skin type will help you give your skin the right tender love and care it deserves! Half of the things you need to do will depend on whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, or a combination of these. Knowing your skin will lead you to products and ingredients that are right for you!

Get to know the gut-skin axis

woman eating cucumber

Lots of research found that there is a strong relationship between your gut and your skin. They call this the Gut-Skin Axis.

What the research points out is that inflamed skin means an inflamed gut. Many skin problems came about with the artificial and processed food that is the diet of the world at large today.

The gut’s microbiome or natural flora is greatly disturbed with this kind of unhealthy diet, leading to its inability to digest food properly. Gut issues also happen when you have a lot on your mind and have not taken time to rest.

If you are having skin problems, look into cleaning your gut. Doctors have proven it: a healthy gut leads to healthy skin.

Choose products that are right for you

woman cleansing her face with facial foam

Is your skin oily, dry, normal, or a combination of all? Now that you understand your skin and what your skin needs, you are well on your way to choosing the perfect skin products for you!

When choosing skin products, let your knowledge of your skin be your guide. Some of these ingredients for clear, acne-free skin may just be right in your kitchen or garden.

Keep your skincare routine simple: Cleanse, Moisturize, Protect. Stick to natural and organic ingredients for enduring clear and supple skin, and make sure to match the products according to your skin’s needs!

Picking the right products doesn’t just apply to skincare. It also means that you need to pay close attention to the type of outdoor gear that you wear! Here are some of the best outdoor gear that you can find in the market without having to break the bank.

woman holding a lotion

Less is more

Too many products can be confusing not only for you but also for your skin. Now that you have identified your skin type and skin needs, you are ready to choose the products with the greatest effects!

Review your skincare products well, according to your skin type and condition, and work with one skin product at a time. Give the product reasonable time to work with your skin before you decide to work with the next product on your list.

DIY routine

woman with DIY face mask

While you’re at it, why not start a “do-it-yourself” routine? You’ll get to choose from the finest ingredients from your garden or the fruits and vegetable section at your local grocery store. Natural and organic product sources such as oils, essential oils, soaps, and other raw materials are great to use as well.

The internet is a great resource for DIY natural skincare tips. It will surprise you how simple DIY methods can be! It feels good knowing where your skincare ingredients came from and how your skin products were made. See your creativity through! Have fun with your DIY skincare routine!

Check out our article on how to make your own skin masks specially made to combat acne that you can make at home.

Schedule a skin ritual

Scheduling a skin ritual is a great way to cultivate a personal relationship with yourself. Pick a day or two in a week and come up with your skincare ritual after you read this material. Be as creative as you can. Savor the alone-time tending to yourself. Most of all, don’t miss the date!

woman wearing coal facial mask

Give skincare regular attention

Plants that are given sporadic attention wither and fade away. Give them regular attention, and they not only grow but flourish! This is the same with many things in your life, including yourself AND your skin!

Start your skincare routine one small step at a time. Washing your face twice a day can be a good start. Add one more skincare step, such as face masks, once you are consistent with washing your face twice a day.

Follow through on this procedure. After some time, you will notice how easy skin care can be.

Consider a lifestyle shift

smiling woman dazzled in sunlight

If you’re not a fan of a healthy lifestyle, perhaps it’s high time to consider a shift. It’s essential for maintaining healthy, clear, acne-free skin for life.

While it’s hard at first, there are some tricks that’ll make it easier for you. You can start by adding a fun, light, and simple skincare habit to your daily routine. Make your routine something to look forward to every day.

Be consistent

Every successful person has one secret: consistency. Having healthy, clear, acne-free skin is our goal here. Patience is our main key.

The best skincare products and ingredients you have chosen for yourself may take some time to show results. When you find that a product is not working, or is causing more negative effects, you might have to switch the products you are using. However, it can be hard to notice these changes if you don’t have a consistent routine. So, again, be consistent!


Now that you know a little bit about your skin, we hope that you’ll be able to deal with your skin a little better. We also hope that you are a bit more attuned to the needs of your skin. If you feel like you’re ready to learn the next step, here’s our article on how to protect your skin.

How to Get Clear Skin Outline

We’ve broken up the steps on the How to Get Clear Skin series into easily digestible categories. This is to help you not to get overwhelmed. Serving as your outline, here are the 8 main things that you’ll expect from this series to keep your skin acne-free and healthy.

  1. Understand your skin
  2. Protect your skin
  3. Cleanse your skin
  4. Moisturize
  5. Nourish yourself right
  6. Deal with that acne: Let’s face it!
  7. Keep flowing to get glowing
  8. Protect your face from the sun

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