How to Prevent Clogged Pores

by Mai Bryant

Preventing clogged pores can lessen the likelihood of skin blemishes.

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Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of acne and other skin blemishes. When your sebaceous glands produce excess oil, it can combine with dead skin cells and form a plug. Bacteria within the plug begins to grow and can result in a blemish. Although the most visible location for this to occur is the face, a clogged pore can occur on various locations on the body such as the back, neck, arms or chest. Taking proper care of your skin on a daily basis will help you to prevent this from occurring.

Items you will need

  • Non-comedogenic cleanser
  • Soft towels
Step 1

Buy skincare products that are water-based or non-comedogenic as these are products that are less likely to clog your pores. Items that are available as non-comedogenic are facial cleansers, moisturizers, cosmetics such as foundation, eye shadows and blush; and facial creams.

Step 2

Wash your face twice a day using your cleanser. Rinse away all lingering traces of cleanser from your skin with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Ideally you should also wash your face after exercise or prolonged exposure to pollutants, such as cigarette smoke.

Step 3

Exfoliate your skin one to two times a week to remove dry, dead skin cells that can plug up your pores. Use a fruit-based facial scrub or exfoliating cream to prevent irritation to the skin. Take care not to overly exfoliate to prevent causing excess oil production.

Step 4

Apply your makeup conservatively and do not apply foundation so that it is heavy on your skin. Excessive foundation can settle into your pores, making it difficult to completely remove and more likely to cause blockage. Refrain from sleeping in your makeup. Remove all traces of makeup before going to bed at night.

Step 5

Keep your hands and other objects off of your face as much as possible. This will help to prevent the transfer of oils and bacteria from your hands to your skin. Do not pick, pop or squeeze pimples or cysts that might appear on your face.

Step 6

Limit the amount of time that is spent in areas where you are exposed to grease, oil or other pollutants such as smoke. Avoid working in fast food restaurants or automotive shops if possible.

Step 7

Keep your hair back off of your face to prevent its oils from rubbing constantly against your skin and to reduce the risk of it blocking your pores. Choose hairstyles that do not require bangs. Pull your hair into a ponytail or wear it in a bun. Reduce the amount of contact and friction between your skin and other materials such as clothing, headgear and sports equipment.

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About the Author

Mai Bryant is a Northern California writer who specializes in writing about health-related topics, fashion and relationships. She began writing online in 2005 but has freelanced privately for more than 10 years. Bryant's eclectic professional background as a medical technician, a licensed cosmetologist, copywriter and event planner allows her to write with authority on numerous topics.