By Karen Kleinwort
July 18, 2011

Something for which we all strive yet so few achieve and even fewer keep: a good skin care regimen. Oh yes, there are times we look in the mirror and think "Wow! Not a blemish!" or "Eek, not now!" There are indeed effective products to help clear skin, fight acne or hide blemishes, but what many people forget is that there are a number of preventive measures you can take to minimize your risk of future acne, reduce the appearances of blemishes and promote healthy skin.

Here are a few ways to get clear skin:

Avoid the sun. You've probably noticed that when you expose your skin to the sun, it looks like your acne diminishes. However, once you expose yourself a little less, acne generally seems more frequent and obvious than before. This is because the sun, with its rays, will clog your pores and prevent the oils from escaping naturally, resulting in an increase in acne. To avoid this, always use a cap or hat when exposed to sunlight.

Eat healthy. Although scientists have not been able to demonstrate the link between poor diet and acne, we need to recognize healthy eating and balanced diets certainly cannot hurt.

Get active. As a teenager, acne is primarily developed due to an increase in the work of hormones. Having a healthy, active lifestyle (which includes sports, walking, running, weights, etc.) can help regulate the surge of hormones.

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