How to Get the Clear Skin You’ve Always Dreamed Of: Quarantine Edition

I have struggled with acne since I was 18 years old. Up until then, I had clear skin for the most part, with the occasional breakout. All of a sudden, I turned 18 and BAM! Acne. All over my face. I could not explain how it happened to me. While all my friends had pretty much clear skin, my face continued to look like a constellation. My confidence went down, especially because I went to an all-girls high school, making comparison a part of my everyday life. It was not until I started using these products that my skin cleared up dramatically. By graduation, my skin was practically glowing. 

In this article, I am going to tell you about all the products I use so you can have radiant, clear skin too! A disclaimer before I get into this: I still continue to struggle with acne, and I am 21 years old. It’s ok to struggle with your skin! Everyone has their own insecurities, but it is how we embrace them that makes us who we really are. You are beautiful no matter what! Acne or no acne, you are still a gorgeous human being with a unique personality that people love you for. 


1 Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser

This cleanser changed my life! I had tried so many different products until this one completely changed the game. It is not drying and has cleared my hormonal acne dramatically. My acne is now under control and I have very few blemishes. 


2 Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment & Moisturizer

This moisturizer is a moisturizer and acne treatment wrapped up into one. It moisturizes your skin and clears your blemishes. It isn’t too sticky and makes my skin feel amazing after using it. 


3 Clear Days Ahead Fast-Acting Salicylic Acid Acne Spot Treatment

I cannot say enough good things about this line from Philosophy. I absolutely love this spot treatment. It reduces the size of blemishes dramatically. While this skincare line is a little expensive, it is completely worth it and lasts me a long time. 


4 Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Serum

I have only been using this serum for a month and my acne scars have faded considerably. My skin is brighter and much plumper. 


5 The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

I have to admit, Tik Tok did make me buy this and I am SO glad I did. This also helps with acne scarring and blemishes. It deeply exfoliates your skin and helps skin radiance. It also reduces the appearance of blemishes. While upon first use it does burn a tad, it only tingles afterwards. I use this once a week and my skin has been thanking me for it. 


6 Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Strip to Scrub

I LOVE these pore strips. I had tried every strip under the sun, and nothing gave me better results than these. They truly eliminate blackheads and leave your skin feeling super smooth!


7 Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Beauty Device

This is a game changer. This cleanses my skin like nobody’s business. After getting this, I couldn’t live without it. I’ve had this for four years and I’m in love with the way my skin looks. You can buy different brush heads for different uses, such as an acne head or a radiance head. While this is an investment, each brush comes with a warranty. Also, Clarisonic is having a sale right now where you buy one, you get ANOTHER Clarisonic brush completely FREE! Take advantage of this offer while you can, you will not regret it. 

7 TONYMOLY I’m Real Rice Mask Sheet

For a girl on a budget, these face masks are incredible! TONYMOLY has multiple different ones for specific issues, but this one is my personal favorite. I will use this before I go to bed, and I wake up the next morning with radiant and practically blemish free skin! Highly recommend all of TONYMOLY’s sheet masks. Ulta also does a Buy 1, Get 1 50% off deal with these often!