You may not be thinking about clogged pores when you are feverishly trying to cover up skin blemishes before an outing, but understanding why clogged pores happen can actually help you prevent breakouts in the future. The pores in your skin can get clogged with oil, dry or dead skin cells, and everyday dirt and debris. At times, the pores can clog when the skin is inflamed due to excess white blood cells.
It is very important to keep the pores free of clogs to prevent blackheads and acne. The best way to get rid of clogged pores is to follow a good daily skin care regimen. Regular exfoliation of your skin will remove dead skin cells, oil, dirt and other impurities that lead to clogged pores.
Clogged pores make skin appear dull, lack lustre and generally feel and look unhealthy. To make sure the pores are not blocked with oil/sebum or dead skin cells, it’s important to always deeply cleanse, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin (which not only helps give the skin a radiant appeal, it keeps it clear and noticeably healthier).
While clogged pores can be cleared using deep cleansers, home remedies also work well to ensure the skin stays bright and healthy and they come with no side effects even when done often. It’s important to thoroughly clean the face and exfoliate the skin to avoid blemishes.
These easy steps work to unclog pores for a noticeably healthier, glowing and blemish free skin:
- Steam: the face (cleansed prior to this) over a bowl of hot water which helps open up the pores.
Lemons can also be used to keep the skin free from clogged pores. The citric acid present in lemons helps exfoliate the skin and clean out dirt and oil that clogs the pores.
- Apply fresh-squeezed lemon juice on the affected skin and rub it gently for five to 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, pat dry and then apply a mild moisturizer. Do this every other day.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a gentle exfoliating agent that can unplug pores by removing dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities. Plus, baking soda helps regulate the pH balance of the skin to make it look young and smooth.
- Make a deep facial cleanser with two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water. Mix the ingredients together to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste on your face and gently massage in a circular motion for a few minutes. Leave it on for about five minutes, and then
Honey is equally good for preventing clogged pores. It can reduce excess oil on the skin and tighten the skin pores. Plus, honey will help keep the skin hydrated.
- Apply raw honey on the affected skin area. Massage it into the skin and leave it there for a few minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this two or three times a week to prevent clogged pores.
Sugar works as a natural exfoliating agent to help break up scar tissue and unclog skin pores.
- Crush two tablespoons of sugar into powder form.
- Mix in the juice from half a lemon and a little water to make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on the affected skin.
- Gently massage for five minutes in a circular motion to exfoliate.
- Rinse your skin with cool water and apply a moisturizer.
- Do this once a week to clean out and prevent clogged pore.
Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa