I’ve spent the last six months surfing Pinterest and other sites for ways to achieve clear and glowing skin. Clear skin has always been something I strive for. As someone who has to buy the lightest shade of foundation, it is important for me to keep a clear face as the slightest blemish will present itself much stronger on my porcelain face.

For a period of time, my face was plagued with pimples. It seemed like a new one popped up on my forehead or cheek every morning.

It was frustrating, stressful and showed no signs of slowing down. I decided to get serious and do something about my breakouts.

I am no expert on skin care, but by trial and error, I have developed a list of tips for clearing blemishes and achieving glowing skin naturally that have worked wonders for my face.

  1. Cut out the junk.

This should be an obvious one, but it’s also probably the hardest habit to break if it contributes to your skin issues. The grease and oil from that Wendy’s meal can wreak havoc on your skin. But here’s the thing: it’s a myth that eating greasy foods causes breakouts. It’s not the consumption that causes issues, it’s the greasy hands touching your face. Oil and grease clog your pores, which then makes breakouts more likely to occur.

  1. On that note, stop touching your face and don’t pick that zit.

Let’s be honest, hands are nasty. No matter how often you wash them, your hands are always in contact with something. Having said that, it should be a no-brainer that touching your hands to your face can cause pimples and blackheads to rise up and lay claim to your face.

  1. If you haven’t discovered the power of juicing, the time is now.

In recent years, juicing has turned into a craze. More and more juice shops are popping up and the benefits of juicing are still being uncovered. I started juicing four times a week and it has worked miracles for my skin! However, there’s a method to it. Don’t just throw in random fruits and vegetables and hope that it’s the miracle skin elixir you’ve been search for. Before juicing, I did research and found that carrots, kale, lemons, beets and ginger are some of the best fruits and veggies to juice if clear skin is your goal.

  1. Water, Water, and more Water.

I often forget to drink water. I just don’t think to pour a cup and I don’t carry a water bottle around with me. That was part of my problem. Actually, it was a big part of my problem. Water is the solution to a lot of things, including glowing skin. Since I have started making water a priority, I have noticed a significant change in the glow of my skin.

  1. Change your pillowcase often.

People don’t often think about this when trying to achieve skin, but stop and think about it for a minute. You sleep on that pillowcase every night for several consecutive hours. During that time, the oils on your face gather on your pillow and that builds up throughout the week. Take those pillowcases off and wash them once a week if you can.

  1. Finally, sugar and water.

Sugar and water mixed together into a paste creates a homemade exfoliator. The great thing about homemade exfoliators is that you know exactly what they are made from. When was the last time you turned your exfoliating face wash bottle around and found that it only had ingredients found in the average household? That’s likely never happened. Homemade exfoliators are low-cost and natural, so try them out! Just be sure to completely rinse your face to avoid leaving residue.

These are just 6 of my go-to tips. This list is in no way exhaustive and clear skin is not a “one sizes fits all.” Just as I did, you have to try different things. Experiment and find what works best for you.

There is a path to clear and glowing skin, it just doesn’t look the same for everyone.