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!
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.
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.
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.
As 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.
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.
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.
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.
Red-faced is not something that we really ever want to be. Whether it’s caught out, or simply having a red shiny complexion. There are many, many things that can cause a red face though, not counting embarrassment. The most common ones are of course sun damage or acne, but what about some less common reasons? […]