Oil and dead skin cells accumulate on the skin and clog pores as a result. Clogged pores can lead to minor acne problems such as whiteheads and blackheads. There are a variety of products sold in stores to help improve the health of your skin, but there are easy, less expensive home-made remedies you can try also. Set up a skin routine, as consistency is extremely important for keeping your skin clean and healthy. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you experience any adverse side effects, such as redness or excessive dryness.
Determine your skin type before purchasing any new products. For the best results, choose products that match your skin type: sensitive, oily, dry, acne-prone or combination.
Select a gentle cleanser, such as a simple glycerin bar, and cleanse the face with warm water in the morning and evening. Wash the face after a workout or after you exposure to large amounts of dirt or oil, such as when cooking with a fryer.
Use a liquid toner or astringent containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. The astringent removes bacteria and dries oil, while the benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid removes debris from the pores. Dab the toner onto a cotton ball and use twice daily after washing your face. Some astringents may be harsh and cause redness, so use as directed. Tea tree oil, for example, is an effective toner substitute for those with sensitive skin, according to "A Comparative Study of Tea-tree Oil Versus Benzoyl Peroxide in the Treatment of Acne" in Australia’s Department of Dermatology, 1990.
Steam your face to loosen dirt and oil trapped in the pores. Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from stove. Lean your face toward the pot and place a towel over your head. Do not get too close to the pot. Steam your face for about 10 minutes. Perform this routine once per week.
Remove dead skills that can clog pores by exfoliating the skin every three to five days. Use a gentle store-bought exfoliating cream or create one at home. Mix 1 tbsp. of honey, 1 tbsp. brown sugar and 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your face and use small circular motions to massage and exfoliate the skin. Leave on for five minutes and rinse with warm water.
Apply moisturizer after each time you wash your face. Check the ingredients of the lotion and select one without oil, which clogs pores. Look for water-based formulas that will be gentle on the skin.
Use pore strips for problem areas such as the nose and chin. A variety of store-bought pore strips are available, but follow the directions carefully. Create an at-home remedy by mixing a few tablespoons of milk and 1 tbsp. of honey to create a paste. Apply to problem areas, allow to dry for 20 minutes and remove with cool water. Use once per week to avoid over-drying.
Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day. Water helps flush out the toxins in your body and improves the health of your skin.
Avoid touching your face, as dirt and oil on your hands will contribute to your clogged pores.
Pull hair off the face, as grease and hair products lead to clogged pores around the forehead area.
- National Library of Medicine: Acne
- FDA; Facing Facts about Acne; January 2010
- “The Medical Journal of Australia”; A Comparative Study of Tea-tree Oil Versus Benzoyl Peroxide in the Treatment of Acne; IB Bassett, et al.; October 1990
- University Health Services, UC Berkeley; Acne; January 2008
- Skin Sheen: Skin Care Tips for Clogged Pores
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