You don’t have to live with clogged pores: our simple routine will reinvigorate your skin and allow your natural beauty to shine through. Gentle cleansing, exfoliating, using a serum, and moisturizing are four important steps you need to follow to have healthy, glowing skin.
1. Cleanse the Skin
Use a gentle facial cleanser to remove buildup of dirt and oil from your skin. Make sure it is not too harsh, or you will only irritate your skin and cause dryness. Use water that is not too hot or too cold. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips in a soft circular motion.
After cleansing, you may want to steam your pores open. Wash your face with lukewarm water first. To steam it, simply hold your face over a bowl of hot water and cover your head with a towel. Sit for 10 minutes to allow the steam to penetrate your pores. Only do this once a week to prevent over-drying. Rinse with cool water to get rid of the impurities and tighten your pores.
2. Try a Facial ScrubPeriodically, you should use a facial scrub to get rid of the dirt and oil clogging your pores. Make sure the scrub is not too rough or you will cause damage to your skin. As with washing your face, don’t scrub too hard. Focus on removing the dirt from the surface of your skin only.
Scrubs can contain sugar, natural materials like nutshells, or microbeads. Try each type of scrub and decide which produces the best results for your skin.
You can make a scrub at home using honey, sugar, and a few tablespoons of green tea. This can be sticky, so you may prefer a store-bought scrub.
3. Use an Exfoliating SerumOne important step that many people skip when dealing with clogged pores is using a serum with exfoliating properties. Use this serum at night on a clean face, but do not use it every day to prevent over-drying.
Look for serums containing alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid. Make sure you use your serum according to the package directions for the best results.
Never use a scrub and a serum on the same day. This will almost certainly lead to redness and irritation.
4. Use a Non-Comedogenic MoisturizerYou may think that a moisturizer is not needed for oily skin, but that is a skin care myth. Oily skin and clogged pores need moisturizing as much as any other skin type. The trick is finding a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic to prevent your skin from producing as much oil.
Be sure you moisturize both in the morning under your makeup and in the evening before you go to bed. Use a lighter product with sunscreen during the day and focus on nourishing your face at night. An oil-free moisturizer is the best way to go.
When creating a skin care routine for clogged pores, make sure you have covered the four steps in our process. Missing one or more can cause clogged pores to continue and may cause acne to form.
The most important thing about caring for clogged pores is to be gentle and not take your frustration out on your skin. Over-scrubbing and too much serum use can dry out your skin and lay the groundwork for infections and other serious problems. Be gentle and have patience with your skin care routine. Gradual changes add up over time.