How to clean clogged pores
If you have frequent breakouts, it’s probably because your pores are clogged with dirt, oil or dust. The appearance and actual size of your pores are innate and cannot be changed, but there are ways you can deep clean your skin and remove the blackheads that make them look so obvious. To soften the dirt and grime, you can try steaming your face before washing it. However, steaming your face should not be done too often, as it can cause your skin to become dry. You can also use a mask or peeling product to cleanse your skin.
Steaming your face
Wash your face with your favorite facial cleanser. To get the best results from steaming your face, it is necessary to wash your face first. Then the steam can penetrate deeper into the pores and remove dirt and oil hidden deep in the pores.
Steaming your face may dry out your skin and make it redder, so it is not suitable for people with dry skin or those who are prone to rosacea.
Fill a large saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Find a large pot, such as one used for cooking noodles or simmering soup. Fill it to two-thirds full, put the pot on the stove, and bring it to a boil over high heat.
Don’t overfill the pot with water or it will easily overflow when boiling or moving the pot.
Tip: Add rose petals, lavender, rosemary or eucalyptus leaves to give the water a fragrant and detoxifying effect. You can also use essential oils.
Place the pot on a heat-resistant mat or folded towel. Place the pot where you can comfortably sit, stand or kneel, with a folded towel underneath to avoid burning the surface.
For example, you may want to kneel on a chair at the dining room table or place the pan on the bathroom sink.
Cover your head with a towel. Take a large, thick towel and place it over your head, but not over your face. This will allow the steam to gather and rise to the skin.
You can use any towel you have on hand, but thick towels are more effective at gathering steam than thin ones.
Hold your face to the steam for 5-10 minutes. Lie on the pan, face down to the steam, with the towel draped over the sides of your head. Distance between your face and the water should be at least 46 cm to avoid burning your skin, preferably within the range of 50-60 cm. Steam for 5 minutes, or 10 minutes if you feel comfortable.
If the 50-60 cm distance makes you feel uncomfortable, the head can be further back.
Contrary to popular belief, steam does not open the pores. It only relaxes the muscles underneath the skin, making it easier to cleanse and remove dirt that is hidden deep down.
Wash your face again with a gentle cleanser. The steam will bring dirt and oil to the surface of your skin, while making you sweat and bring out the impurities inside your skin. Wash your face again with a mild cleanser to prevent them from going back inside your pores.
It is best to use a mild cleanser that is unscented.
Apply a moisturizer to relieve dry skin caused by steam. Steam can cause skin to become dry, so be sure to moisturize well after steaming and washing your face. Any refreshing moisturizer will do, no need to use a special moisturizer.
Unless you have very dry skin, you can steam your face once a week.
Wash away the dirt inside your pores. Many blackheads on your face indicate that your pores are clogged with oil and dirt and you need to start cleansing your skin. Gently wash your face with your usual cleanser and slightly warm water to remove the dirt inside your pores.
Apply a toner after washing your face to restore the pH balance of your skin.
Do not repeat the wash as it will wash away too much of the natural oils and cause the skin to become very dry.
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week to remove impurities and dead skin cells. Exfoliation is the gentle removal of dead skin cells, oil and dirt that have built up on the surface of the skin. There are many ways to exfoliate, and if you are prone to acne, it is best to use a chemical exfoliator. They can remove dead skin cells and cleanse pores more effectively than physical exfoliation without irritating the skin.
Don’t rub too hard to avoid irritating your skin.
Exfoliate sensitive skin up to once a week.
Be sure to moisturize well after exfoliating.
Did you know. You can make your own face scrub using ingredients such as green tea, honey and sugar, or coconut oil, sugar and lemon.
Remove impurities inside the skin with the help of a mask. Many masks tighten when they become dry, bringing out impurities hidden deep in the pores. Buy the right mask for your skin type at the supermarket or beauty supply store. Apply it to your face according to the instructions on the package and wait for a while. Finally peel it off or wash it off. If it is a sheet mask, just pull it off.
Mud masks are very nourishing and those containing activated charcoal are very effective for detoxification.
You can also make your own masks at home!
Use chemical peeling products to remove the top layer of the skin. These products will dissolve the oil, dirt and cells on the surface of the skin with the help of strong acids, unclogging the pores and leaving the skin looking fresh and clean. If you have never used such products before, it is best to consult a dermatologist or esthetician. Of course, you can also buy home made peeling pads.
If you choose a home chemical peel, be sure to follow the directions for use closely, otherwise your skin may become damaged, red and irritated.
Whether the peel is performed at home or in a professional clinic, the skin will be a little sensitive and tender for a day or two afterwards.
If the dirt inside the pores is very stubborn, you can have a dermatologist squeeze them out. They can squeeze out blackheads or pimples quickly and precisely with tools, and will also recommend the right skin care regimen for your specific situation.
Dermatologists can also perform microneedling or microdermabrasion. The former gets rid of acne by inserting fine needles into the skin, while the latter uses a handheld instrument to abrade away the top layer of skin.
Do not squeeze your own pimples to avoid stinging your skin or causing an infection.
Ask your dermatologist about the cause of clogged pores. Clogged pores can also be caused by excessive sweating, hormones or medications. If you are getting more acne than usual, or your pores are severely clogged, see a dermatologist to find out the solution. They may recommend acne treatments, suggest changes to your skin care routine, or special treatments to reduce clogged pores.
For example, if your pores are clogged due to excessive sweating, your dermatologist may recommend washing your face more often.
If aging and sagging skin is causing your pores to grow larger, your dermatologist may recommend a skin tightening treatment.
Boil water with parsley to help draw out the impurities inside the skin. Place a handful of parsley in a pot of water and turn on the heat to boil the water. When the water is boiling, turn off the heat and wait for the water and parsley to cool. When the water is still somewhat warm and safe to touch with your hands, dip a face towel into the water, wring out the excess water, and apply to your face for 10-15 minutes.
Parsley has an astringent effect that cleanses and tightens the skin. Some beauty products even contain parsley extract.
You can also use thyme.
This natural remedy can be done every other day.
Use a baking soda paste to cleanse your skin. Pour 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water into a small bowl and mix to form a paste. Rub the baking soda paste onto your face and wash off after 5 minutes. As the baking soda dries, it will draw out the impurities inside the skin.
This can be done once a week.
Rub your face with lemon to gently exfoliate. Cut the lemon in half and use the cut side to rub the area with clogged pores or blackheads. Let the lemon juice linger on your face for about 5 minutes, then wash it off with cold water.
The acidity of lemon helps break down dirt, grime and dead skin cells. However, allowing lemon juice to linger on the skin for more than 5 minutes can irritate the skin.
If you feel any discomfort before the 5 minutes are up, rinse your skin quickly with cold water.
Use rose water as a toner. Wet a cotton ball with enough rose water and wipe the skin. Rose water will gently condition the skin and will not cause irritation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and may lighten fine lines and wrinkles.
You can buy commercially available rose water or make your own.
Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin well hydrated, and your pores will naturally be less visible.
Do not squeeze blackheads as it may break the sebaceous glands and cause more serious problems. Also, broken skin is susceptible to infection.