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5 Ways To Really Unblock Your Pores

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By Alexa Mulligan POSTED ON March 10, 2021 0 comments 103 VIEWS

We are always looking for ways to unblock pores. Clogged pores are not only unsightly but also can lead to acne, pimples and blackheads. Pores get blocked by naturally occurring oils and dead skin cells, some of which are worse on some people than others. Wearing makeup can make this issue a whole lot worse, requiring cleaning up to twice a day.

So what can be done about them? Dermatologists spend a lot of time helping people to unblock their pores and luckily have shared their expert knowledge with us. There are quite a few effective ways that you can do this in the comfort of your own, and we have gathered the top 5 just for you!

#1 Burn The Gunk Out

OK, don’t actually burn your face. Salicylic acid is in fact an acid but does not damage your skin. Think gentle cleaning rather than melting faces. You can buy chemical exfoliates with this wonderful little ingredient from many skincare brands that require very little effort to use. Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid that is incredibly good at breaking through sebum and other facial gunk. It can be found in various cleansers, or possibly exfoliant creams.

How To Use It:

  • Wash face with either a Salicylic acid cleanser, or regular facial cleanser.
  • If you are using a Salicylic acid cleanser, leave it on for a few minutes to do its thing.
  • If you used a regular cleanser, once clean apply your exfoliant cream. Leave it on for a few minutes.
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Apply your regular face cream or serum.

#2 Mask The Gunk Out

Clay is currently very popular when it comes to masks. It has great drawing properties and helps to remove gunk from your pores naturally and gently. One of its major downfalls, however, is that a drying clay mask on your skin may one of the most uncomfortable things that you will ever experience. Masks are not a permanent solution though. You will need to use them at least twice a week to keep your skin clear. And if you have ever suffered from blocked pores, you will know how quickly they clog up again.

How To Use It:

  • Wash face with either a Salicylic acid cleanser or regular facial cleanser.
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Apply your face mask, and leave it on for at least ten minutes. **Pro Tip: Apply the mask while in the bath, and take a few minutes to relax and unwind.***
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Apply your regular face cream or serum.

#3 Ultrasonic The Gunk Out

Yes, you read that correctly. The newest skincare device on the market uses ultrasonic sound waves to basically joggle the gunk out of your pores. It is designed to glide gently over wet skin, removing all sorts of blockages as it goes.  Hydrasonic devices work on blackheads, whiteheads, regularly blocked pores, and can even be used to exfoliate your hands and feet.

Hydrasonic Facial DeviceAs with many exfoliating procedures, it is not recommended to use it more than once a week, but oh boy does that once a week make a difference! Using a Hydrasonic device leaves your skin smooth and clear. It really feels lie you have had a Spa treatment. They are quite easily available, but as with most things, beware of cheap knockoffs. The cheaper it is, the less likely it is to actually work.

We love this one from Elevatione. Not only does it do the Hydrasonic cleaning, but it also has a unique vaporizer function that makes it even more effective. Buy it here: Hydrasonic Facial Device.

How To Use It:

  • Wash face with either a Salicylic acid cleanser or regular facial cleanser.
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Keeping your face wet, run the Hydrasonic device gently over your skin.
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Apply your regular face cream or serum.
  • With your cream or serum not yet absorbed, run the Hydrasonic device over your skin again using nutrition mode.

#4 Steam The Gunk Out

Have you ever put your head over a steaming bowl of water laced with decongestant when you had a head cold? Not only does it do wonders to clear your sinuses, but it also does wonders to clear your pores. Steaming opens pores, allowing penetration of products such as Salicylic acid and other cleansers. Not only does it work for creams, but it also allows devices such as the Hydrasonic device or an extraction tool to be much more effective.

How To Use It:

  • Wash face with either a Salicylic acid cleanser or regular facial cleanser.
  • Use a steamer machine or a shower to steam your pores open.
  • While your face is wet, use the Hydrasonic cleaning device, or another extraction device.
  • Apply exfoliant cream or face cream.

# 5 Strip The Gunk Out

Have you ever used a pore strip? Although very old school, they are very effective.  Basically, sticky strips are applied to your face and stick to the blockages in your pores. Not only do pore strips remove dead skin and sebum build up in your pores, but they also take off any hairs that they attach to as well. Beware, however, pore strips can be uncomfortable to use, especially if you have sensitive skin.

How To Use It:

  • Wash face with a good quality facial cleanser.
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Dry your face thoroughly.
  • Apply the pore strip to either side of your nose, your chin and any other area where you suffer from blocked pores.
  • Quickly pull the pore strip off, like you would a Band-Aid or a wax strip
  • Rinse your face off with warm water.
  • Apply your regular face cream or serum.

See A Dermatologist

Of course, If you really suffer badly from breakouts, your best bet is to see a licensed dermatologist. they can guide you towards the best path to clear skin, and possibly prescribe any medications that may help you along.

 

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