Unless you’re someone that is extremely squeamish, I’m guessing you find some satisfaction in removing the gunk in your pores. It’s gross for sure, but it’s definitely satisfying to know that your pores are cleaned out. Here we have 6 different ways to get rid of those unsightly whiteheads and blackheads.
What causes clogged pores?
Before dig a little deeper (pun may or may not be intended), let’s review some basic facts. To put it simply, a pore is an opening in your face that may or may not have hair. This opening can be clogged or blocked for different reasons like dead skin cells, excess oil that have dried up, and dirt.
Clogged pores are also called comedones. They may appear as either whiteheads or blackheads. Blackheads are open comedones and are exposed to the air. The dead skin cells inside the pore turn darker because of the oxygen that comes in contact with the comedone. Whiteheads, on the other hand, whiteheads are closed comedones. There is a layer of skin on top which prevents the gunk inside from turning dark.
What products clean pores?
Scrubs and topical cleansers are a good choice to start if you’d like to treat clogged pores. Choose exfoliators or washes that have benzoyl peroxide or salycilic acid. These are two known ingredients that are known to be effective in breaking up the sticky, dead skin cells that clog pores. Salycilic acid also has a lipophilic properties. This means it is attracted to and will dissolve excess oil.
Scrubs that contain small particles like seeds or beads are another option. These types of products are good in buffing off dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling and looking smoother and brighter. However, if you have inflamed pimples or acne breakouts, these abrasive scrubs might do more harm than good to your skin and will only cause irritation and redness.
Use these products for 6 to 8 weeks to see a significant improvement in your skin.
What are the best ways to treat clogged pores?
- The pore strip is one of those classic clogged pore remedies. This pore strip gives instant results because you can get rid of those blackheads in minutes. It has a special adhesive on one side that can pull out blackheads, dirt, and dried up oil, and most people find it satisfying to see those on the strip once peeled off. It cleans the superficial layer of the skin but remember that these won’t work on whiteheads. Also, using the pore strip too frequently can cause irritation and inflammation, especially pore strips that contain retinoids. Only use a pore strip once a week.
- If you’re on Instagram, then you’ve probably already seen lots of videos of beauty influences using peel-off masks in their skin care routine. However, dermatologists prefer store-bought face masks than DYI masks because of the risk of skin reaction. Usually, these masks dry up and shrink, taking the comedones along with it when it peels off. Unlike the pore strip, you can use this all over your face.
- There are also ultrasonic wave gadgets now out in the market that create ultrasonic vibrations. These vibrations break up water, gunk, and grime into smaller particles making it easier to remove. This gadget may require a little bit of getting used to, but it’s painless.
- Pore extracting masks with salycilic acid or clay are usually mixed in with moisturizing ingredients. They are left on your skin longer than cleansers and this gives them more time to work on your skin. Pore extracting masks are best used once a week, and are a great quick fix before an event.
- Lastly, you’ll never go wrong with professional extractions especially if no home remedies seem to work. It helps that dermatologists and aestheticians keep things and their working space sterile so there is much less risk for you to contact infection compared treating your skin on your own at home.
Have you tried any of these remedies? We’d like to know your thoughts in the comments!
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