Amy M. Spagnola


7 Cheap Ways to Get Clear Skin Super Fast

Whether you've struggled with acne your whole life or recently started breaking out, there are plenty of ways to rehab your bumpy skin in no time flat. While acne and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are extremely common, they're often difficult to treat. Hormones, chemicals, stress, diet and genetics are just a few of the causes for uncooperative skin. Luckily, there are cheap and affordable ways to take distressed skin from #pimpleproblems to #clearandbeautiful.

Here are 7 Easy and Affordable Ways to Get Clear Skin Fast:

1.) Aloe
Not just for soothing sunburns, aloe is a secret weapon for getting smooth skin. Taken internally, aloe soothes the gut, detoxifies the body and may even support weight loss. Many brands of aloe can cause loose stools but this brand never causes emergency restroom trips. Aloe can also be applied externally for lowering skin inflammation and healing scars. Aloe vera can be purchased in health food stores but can be difficult to find. Here are some options for curing and clearing your acne the aloe way:

Body Acne (Back, chest, arms), Cold Pressed Aloe, $15.15
Facial Acne, Gel Mist, $9.58
Facial and Body Acne, Moisturizer, $2.93

2.) Probiotics
Your gut is everything; it's responsible for your mood, immunity and skin health. While leaky gut, candida and parasites can cause major gut dysfunction, ugly stomach situations can also ruin your skin. Probiotics can be applied topically and taken internally to help banish bad bugs and repair health long-term.

Body Acne (including cystic), Probiotic Skin Spray, $49.95
Facial Acne, Probiotic Cleanser, $28.00
Facial and Body Acne, Probiotic Supplement, $23.72

3.) Sulfur and Salicylic Acid
Sulfur helps to dry out existing blemishes and bumps while salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, thus, lightening old brown and red marks while keeping new pimples from forming. Sulfur can be drying to the skin and salicylic acid might cause irritation. The best approach for trying these two ingredients is to do so in a starter kit or in small samples.

Mario Badescu Acne Starter Regimen Kit, $30

4.) Lemons
Not only are lemons super affordable, they're one of nature's most potent weapons in the war on acne.  The powerful properties of lemons are numerous--they're chocked full of antioxidants, help the liver to detoxify the body, improve digestion and balance pH levels. Plus, they have plenty of vitamin C to keep skin healthy and happy. Lemon water is highly beneficial for drinking on a daily basis for glowing skin. And sliced lemons can clear hyperpigmentation and old scarring. Just try not to get lemon juice in your eyes or it will sting!

5.) Oil Cleansing
Although controversial, many holistic minded beauty gurus have tried the oil cleansing method with phenomenal success. The theory behind the oil cleansing method is that applying oil to the face will actually breakdown impurities within the pores. While other acne ingredients can be too harsh and stripping, oil leaves the skin moisturized so that new acne isn't caused by overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands.

Cleansing oil (less natural), $29.20
Cleansing oil (more natural), $18.00

6.) Spearmint Tea
Move over tea tree oil. While not commonly discussed, spearmint is gaining some major momentum as an acne fighting superhero. Drinking just two cups a day can be more effective than a prescription acne medication and cost a lot less and have far fewer side effects. Mint helps to kill skin bacteria and yeast which are the main contributors to acne conditions. Plus, it's anti-inflammatory and can also make your breath smell nice and minty.

Organic Spearmint Tea, $3.66

7.) Clay
Mud masks might make you look like a sea creature from the depths of a nasty swamp, but no matter, clay works to clear and heal acne. Regular use of a good steam followed by a light layer of clay can unclog pores, shrink existing spots and control the overproduction of sebum. Adding a drop or two of tea tree oil or a manuka serum to the clay prior to facial application can truly transform unruly skin.

Aztec Indian Healing Clay, $11.85

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