Is Clear Skin a Myth or Something to Aim For?

More often than not, we’ll see people in magazines and on TV showing off beautifully clear skin. They look radiant, they look stunning and we’ll be envious. However, most of us should know by now that a lot of the adverts we see on television and pictures we see on the internet are heavily edited. Photoshop, for example, is one of the most popular tools when it comes to touching-up photographs to make them look amazing. Even many modern smartphones come with smoothening features that can help your skin look clear and free from imperfections.

This has led us to mostly ignore those adverts because we know better than to trust heavily edited footages and images. However, we still look at those pictures (partially because they’re forced into our faces) and we can’t help but ask ourselves; is that just a myth, or actually achievable?

Defining clear skin

Clear skin can be achieved with a very common tool; makeup. You could use makeup to provide a “real-life Photoshop” look where you smooth out any wrinkles, even out the tone of your skin and in general, make yourself look like a stunning, beautiful model. That’s the main purpose of makeup–to make yourself look like the perfect version of yourself.

However, that’s not really clear skin.

After all, makeup is a product and its intention is to hide imperfections. But what causes those imperfections in the first place, and is it something that we can get rid of? This is where we need to start defining what clear skin refers to. If you’re happy using makeup, then there’s no need to delve so deep into this topic and we can pretty much get by with just using makeup to smooth out our appearance. However, if you want truly clear skin, then we need to start identifying common issues that prevent it from happening.

Acne

Adult acne isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Those spots and itchy patches can happen to anyone regardless of your age, and there are a couple of reasons why we develop acne as adults.

One could be due to our hormones. If your hormones are fluctuating greatly, then it could cause large and deep acne around our chin, neck and even our back. This could damage our skin and eventually create many imperfections, especially if we don’t treat the acne properly and are prone to picking at it. Another reason could be due to stress. It’s an influential force when it comes to many of the negative things that happen to our body, and stress can also be related to hormonal changes in our body.

But there are also physical reasons why we get acne too. For instance, we could be touching our face a little too much, causing the oils on our hands to clog pores and ultimately cause acne to happen. Air pollution can also coat our faces with a thin layer of dust, grime and dirt. If you’ve ever wiped your face with a cleansing pad after coming home from work, then you’ll see all the dirt and grime on the cleansing pad.

Lastly, we could also be experiencing acne because of the products we use. Oily skin is prone to breakouts and you should be using products which counteract this, such as oil-free products or water-based solutions. If you find yourself overwashing your face with these products, then you could be making it worse.

Veins

Our veins allow blood to be transported around the body. They’re usually fairly deep in our bodies, but there are times when they might pop out and become visible, resulting in strange blue streaks across areas like our legs. They might also show up after a period of working out, or because you naturally have increased vascularity which is an indication that your body is healthy.

However, this doesn’t help us achieve our goal of clear skin, so we need to look at ways to deal with it.

The most common approach is to consider varicose vein treatments. These will essentially help us remove those long, thin clusters of blue veins on our body to clear up our skin and make those areas look less prominent. Visible veins may also lead to itchiness, so if you experience this you may want to look into vein treatments in order to reduce their appearance.

Sometimes, visible veins could be an indication of a disease or condition, so it’s worth speaking to a doctor especially if those visible veins come with other side effects. It’s difficult to determine the issue without speaking to a professional, so do take care of your body and consider the possibility that it might be a health problem.

Scars

Most people know that scars are a naturally occurring thing in our bodies. Scars appear as a result of our bodies healing after cuts and other forms of damage. However, it can be rather unsightly and we might resort to things like picking at the scars or even covering them up in an attempt to hide them.

Dealing with scars the easy way is to prevent those accidents from happening in the first place. Most scars will happen from cuts and other physical damage, but they could also occur when acne spots burst or if you get a rash that leads to intense itching.

There are several different types of scars, but generally nothing you can do about any of them outside of concealing them. Long-term scars from more intense conditions can stick around for years or even leave permanent discolouration. If this is the case, then you may want to speak to a professional in order to get some solid ideas of what you can to do gradually get rid of the discolouration.

So in short, clear skin isn’t so much a myth, but it is often undefined. Clear skin can be achieved with just makeup if that’s what you’re looking for, but there are also scars, bulging veins and acne that could cause our skin to look unsightly. If you’re after truly clear skin, then it takes a lot of work to achieve it–but it’s certainly not a myth.

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