How to Clean Clogged Pores

by Kelly Sundstrom ; Updated July 18, 2017

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When your pores become clogged with oils, dead skin cells, sebum and bacteria, it can result in acne breakouts. To prevent these skin eruptions from occurring, clean your pores by flushing out blockages, drawing out impurities with a natural clay mask and balancing out the rate at which the skin is sloughed off. By following a routine that incorporates these pore-cleaning methods, you can reduce and diminish acne blemishes and blackheads.

Apply a castor oil mask to loosen blockages inside the pores and allow them to flush out more easily. Spread 2 tablespoons of castor oil onto your skin, coating it in a thick layer. Allow the oil to remain on your face for at least 15 minutes, and then wipe off the oil with a washcloth.

Use a tea tree oil clay mask to draw out any remaining impurities and kill off acne-causing bacteria inside the pores. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of French green clay and 2 drops of tea tree oil. Spread the mask onto your skin, and allow it to dry completely, which takes around five minutes. Rinse off the mask with warm water.

Apply a salicylic acid gel to balance out the rate at which skin cells are sloughed away. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of salicylic acid gel onto your fingers, and spread it gently onto your skin. Use your fingers to spread the gel around your skin until it has been absorbed.


  • Castor oil is a noncomedogenic and highly purgative oil that you can put on your skin to help flush out impurities. You can purchase castor oil from a drug or grocery store, and you can apply it twice a day to help clear pores. French green clay is an absorbent natural clay that can draw out impurities, excess oils and blockages from the skin. Because of its drying nature, use French green clay no more than three times a week.

    You can use salicylic acid gel twice per day to regulate the speed at which dead skin cells are sloughed away. This prevents the dead skin cells from blocking the pores, clogging the pores and trapping impurities in the pores.

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