Dealing with Clogged Pores

October 23, 2012By

Photo of a woman scrubbing clogged poresClogged pores can lead to several different skin problems like acne, blackheads and whiteheads. This problem is primarily caused by what we get on our skin and forget to wash at the end of the day. Pores are tiny openings on the surface of the skin. They are designed to deliver oil to the surface of the skin to keep it moisturized and provide the skin with a protective layer. Pores get clogged when dirt, grime and makeup builds up on the surface of the skin and form a plug that clogs pores. To avoid this problem here are some helpful tips for you:

How to Get Rid of Blocked Pores

1. Use the right skin care product for your specific skin type. If you have oily skin it is best to go for products that help regulate excess oil on the skin. Remember, finding the right product can be a bit tricky so it is best to always use a small amount first to see how your skin would react.

2. Avoid products that irritate the skin and promote clogging. Greasy cosmetics and sunblock can further add unnecessary oil to the skin. Remember, oily skin tends to trap more dirt and grime which causes clogging of the pores. It is best to use cosmetics and sunblock that contain less oil or are made from natural ingredients.

3. Cleanse your skin with a mild soap best suited for your skin type. Cleansing the skin removes the dead skin cells, dirt, grime and oil which clog our pores.

4. Exfoliate with the right kind of skin scrub. Exfoliating helps remove loose dirt and dead skin cells to further cleanse the skin. Exfoliating also helps keep the pores clean and clog free.

5. Moisturize on a regular basis. Using the best-suited moisturizers will help keep your skin soft and supple. If your moisturizer causes acne breakouts it would be best to switch to milder moisturizers like organic skin care products.

6. Never pick at blackheads or whiteheads. Picking at acne can damage your skin and could cause your pores to clog further.


Although blocked pores might seem harmless, they are something that needs immediate attention and care. If this skin problem is caught early, it can usually be treated with minimum treatment and expense. However, if not treated they may eventually cause blackheads and whiteheads, which might develop into cysts and abscesses. For severe cases or deep painful acne, it is best to see a skin care expert or dermatologist to prevent bacteria and infections from spreading before acne scarring occurs.

Remember, poor hygiene and the inability to clean large pores can cause them to appear larger than they really are, and can sooner or later cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. The sad news is that there is simply no way of controlling the actual physical size of your pores. However, you can minimize the appearance of large pores by putting into action a skin care routine using widely available pore-minimizes, pore-cleansers, extractors, steamers, and creams.


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