The main cause of clogged pores is when the oils produced by the skin, also known as sebum, become trapped inside along with dead skin cells, dirt and even make-up. Clogged pores not only act as a precursor to acne breakouts, but also give the appearance of larger-looking pores. Either way, both can be unsightly and not healthy for your skin in general.
Here are the most effective ways to get them unclogged and to keep them that way:
- Using Salicylic Acids and Retinols – The best way to remove the build-up of oil and dirt from your pores is salicylic acid. There are plenty of chemical exfoliators and cleansers that use this ingredient. When you do use a cleanser with salicylic acid, it’s best to leave it on your skin longer before rinsing. If your skin is prone to acne breakouts caused by clogged pores, using retinol can easily combat this issue. Retinol can build up the collagen structure of your pores, making them look smaller and preventing dirt and sebum from getting stuck even further in them. Retinols also have an exfoliating effect so they can clear out the harmful gunk that’s already in your pores.
- Properly Hydrate and Moisturize – Your skin’s oil production goes on overdrive when it’s dehydrated. This is your body overcompensating for the lack of moisture on your skin. It might sound a little counterproductive to moisturize if you have oily skin, but the reason you may have oily skin is because you’re not moisturizing enough, or giving your skin enough hydration. The most important part is opting for a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Non-comedogenic means the product will not clog your pores.
- Go for In-Office Facials – Your dermatologist will know exactly which facial is best for your clogged pores. Microdermabrasion and face peels are some of the best facial treatments you can get to rejuvenate, replenish and refresh your skin. The creams and serums used by your dermatologist will also have a stronger effect than the products you use at home, leading seeing visible results much sooner. Check out our facial peel catalog for the types of peels that we offer.