Our skin is constantly confronted with sweat, dirt, excess oil, and makeup build-up, so it’s not surprising that the issue of clogged pores comes up frequently for most of us.
Fortunately, it’s easy to get rid of this common problem. Fortunately, it’s easy to get rid of this common problem. The quick and easy tips below from our team of beauty experts will help you get rid of pores and blackheads for good.
What causes clogged pores on the face?
Wherever our body has hair (even tiny and sometimes invisible), we also find pores: very small holes on the surface of the skin where sebum flows that naturally keeps your skin soft and moisturized.
So far, no problem. But pores can sometimes get clogged. Dry or dead skin cells, excess oil, makeup, perspiration, and dirt are common causes, but this can also be aggravated by heat, stress and the fact that some of us have naturally larger pores (thank you, Ms. Nature). Once pores start to get clogged, blackheads and pimples appear.
So how do you get rid of clogged pores ? This is what we will learn.
How to unclog facial pores :
If you’re tired of clogged pores on your cheeks, nose, and forehead, don’t worry. There are many ways to get rid of them. Here’s how to unclog pores :
Method 1: Steam treat the skin :
1. Wash your face with your favorite cleanser :
To get the most out of your steam treatment, start by washing your face. This will allow the steam to penetrate deeper into the pores, helping to remove impurities and oils that have been trapped inside.
If you have dry or rosacea-prone skin, avoid using steam, as it can dry out your face and aggravate redness.
2. Boil a pot of water :
Take a large pot (such as the one you use to make pasta or a large amount of soup) and fill it up to 2/3 full with water. Heat the pot over high heat on the stove until the water begins to boil.
Avoid filling the pot completely, as it may overflow and you will have difficulty moving it without spilling a little water.
(Tip: Add rose petals or leaves of lavender, rosemary, or eucalyptus to the water for their scent and detoxifying properties. also, you can use essential oils).
3. Place the pot on a heat-resistant mat :
Look for a place where you can sit, stand or kneel comfortably. Place a heat-resistant mat or folded towel under the pot to prevent the pot from burning the surface on which it is placed.
For example, you can put the pot on a chair or place it on the bathroom counter and kneel beside it.
4. Place a towel on your head :
Take a large, thick towel and put it on your head, but don’t cover your face. This traps the steam and brings it into contact with your skin.
A thick towel will trap steam better than a thin one, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
5. Expose your face to the steam :
Bring your face close to the pot so that the towel covers it on both sides. Don’t come closer than 40 cm to avoid burning yourself. Put yourself about 50 or 60 cm from the boiling water and stay there between 5 and 10 minutes if the heat is not too uncomfortable.
If the heat makes you uncomfortable when you come within 50-60 cm of the pot, move back a little.
Contrary to popular belief, steam does not open the pores. It relaxes the muscles under the skin and makes cleaning easier to get rid of the dirt trapped inside.
6. Wash your face again :
The steam treatment brings dirt and oils to the surface of the skin. In addition, it makes the skin perspire, which also helps to remove impurities from the skin. To prevent impurities from returning to the pores, wash your face with a mild cleanser when you’re done.
Use a mild, fragrance-free facial cleanser.
7. Moisturize your face :
To counter the dryness of skin caused by steam (heat can dry out skin), it’s important to moisturize your face after washing. You won’t necessarily need a special moisturizer since any light facial pores product will do the trick.
Unless you have very dry skin, you can repeat this treatment every week.
Method 2: Thoroughly cleanse the face :
1. Wash your face :
If you notice a lot of blackheads on your face (which happens when oils and dirt get trapped in pores), start by cleansing your skin. Wash your face with your usual cleanser and warm water to get rid of impurities in your pores.
After washing, apply a toner to rebalance the pH of your skin.
Avoid rewashing your face to avoid removing too much natural oil and risk making your skin too dry.
2. Exfoliate your face:
To remove dirt and dead skin, you should exfoliate your face 2 to 3 times a week. Exfoliation involves gently rubbing away old dead skin cells, oils and impurities that have accumulated on the surface of the face. There are several ways to do this, but it is best to use a chemical exfoliator if you have
acne-prone skin. These products are more effective than physical exfoliants at removing dead skin cells and cleaning facial pores without the risk of irritation.
Be careful not to rub too hard as this may irritate your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you should not exfoliate more than once a week or once every two weeks. Always moisturize your skin after exfoliating.
3. Use a face mask to remove impurities from the skin :
Most masks are designed to tighten the skin by drying it out, removing impurities from your clogged pores. Go to a department store or cosmetic store to find a mask that suits your skin type. Then apply it and leave it on for as long as the instructions on the package recommend. Once this time has elapsed, simply “peel” or rinse off the mask. If you used a sheet mask, simply pull it off  .
Clay masks are particularly nourishing and activated carbon masks are ideal for detoxifying the skin. If you want, you can prepare your own face mask at home!
4. Try chemical peeling :
The chemical peel removes the surface layer of the skin and uses powerful chemicals to dissolve oils, dirt, and cells on the outermost part of the face. This unclogs the skin and gives it a more youthful appearance. If you have never done a chemical peel before, it is recommended that you visit a dermatologist or aesthetician for your first session. However, you can purchase chemical peel pads to use at home.
If you choose the chemical peel to use at home, be sure to follow the instructions provided. Otherwise, you risk damaging your skin and causing redness or irritation.
Whether you choose to do your peel yourself or go to a professional, chances are that your skin will be fragile and sensitive within a few days (1 or 2 days).
5. Appointment with a dermatologist :
In case of blocked pores that are difficult to treat, go to a dermatologist for an extraction. The dermatologist will use a tool to quickly and accurately remove dirt from your pores. If you continually suffer from blackheads or rashes, he or she may also recommend a personalized skincare routine.
For blackheads, your dermatologist may offer other services such as micropuncture, which involves inserting small needles into your skin, or microdermabrasion, in which he or she uses a small tool to exfoliate the surface layer of the skin.
To prevent the risk of painful irritation or even infection, avoid performing extractions yourself.
6: Find out the probable causes of clogged pores:
Clogged pores can be caused by excessive sweating, hormones, or medications. See a dermatologist if you have a lot of pimples or more clogged pores than usual for solutions. He or she may recommend acne treatment, a change in cleansing routine, or special treatment to reduce the number of blocked pores.
For example, if your pores are clogged by excess sweat, your dermatologist may recommend that you wash your face more often.
If your pores are clogged because of aging and sagging skin, he or she will recommend a treatment to tighten them.