Clogged pores are the pathway to acne. Blackheads and pimples aren’t far away once you’ve got pore issues. The good news is that you don’t have to sit by and wait for bad skin to take over your life. There’s a lot you can do to unclog your pores and have better skin than you’ve ever had.
1. Wash Your Face Twice a Day
Unclogging your pores starts with having a clean face. Wash your face with a facial cleanser twice a day. It’s important to wash it both morning and evening, but evening is most important because of the need to remove your makeup and the residue of the day before you go to sleep. Your skin rejuvenates itself as you sleep and having a clean slate to work with is imperative. This one step can make a big difference in your skin.
2. Use the Right Skincare Products
Not everyone has the same skin type. Make sure you’re using a line of skincare that’s right for your skin. You can have dry, oily, combination, sensitive or acne prone skin. There are skincare products for each of those skin types. Neutrogena is a good basic line of skincare that has different options and is dermatologist recommended.
3. Experiment with Charcoal Products
I’ve never used charcoal products but I really want to and plan to purchase some soon. Charcoal is supposed to be amazing at purifying your pores. I’ve read a lot of great reviews on products formulated with charcoal. There are drugstore brands and high end brands that offer products with this ingredient. Amazon alone will give you 869 hits in the beauty department for products with this ingredient.
4. Discover the Power of Steam
Steam is your friend when it comes to unclogging your pores. It opens your pores up so that you can clean more deeply. It’s very simple to use steam in this way. Simply fill a bowl with very hot water and lean over it for a few minutes while draping a towel over your head. The best time to do this is right before you apply a mask.
5. Use a Mask Specifically for Unclogging Your Pores
There are masks specifically designed for the purpose of unclogging your pores. Look for words like “purifying,” “clarifying,” and “clay” in the name of the mask. Those words usually mean they’re a deep cleaning product. Some good ones to try are Origins Clear Improvement Mask, Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask and Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Cleansing Mask. There’s probably a similar mask in your favorite brand, too.
6. Treat Your Clogged Pores from the inside out
In other words, eat and drink healthy. Our habits show up in our skin. This is unfortunate if you have a love for junk food. You don’t have to completely give up your favorite treats but for every healthy choice you make, your skin will reward you. In time, you may even find that you’d rather have a bottle of water and a fruit salad than a soda and cookies.
7. Switch Your Foundation up
It’s possible that your foundation is the problem behind your clogged pores. This is especially true if it’s a heavy foundation or one that’s moisturizing and you’ve got oily or acne prone skin. Switch to something lighter and you may notice a big difference. Mineral foundations are a good choice for women who are prone to having clogged pores and acne. You could also skip foundation and do your eyes and lips if you feel confident enough for this choice.
These are 7 ideas to help you make clogged pores a thing of the past. Which ones do you plan to try? I love reading your comments!