Do you suffer from congested skin, blackheads and clogged pores? If so, this post is for you! Clogged pores are often the root cause of many types of acne, although it's not always clear how to combat it. Sure, it's important to keep your skin clean, although that will not always solve your problems when it comes to congested skin. Keep reading to find out once and for all how to combat clogged pores and help prevent skin congestion.
Your pores are clogged if...
You suffer from blackheads or whiteheads. Simply put, these are sebum or oil that has become clogged within the skin. With blackheads, the oil has oxidized producing the black color. They are both a form of acne that occurs when the pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells or other debris.
You have bumpy skin. Bumpy skin is a sign that your skin may be congested. These bumps are also called closed comedones which simply means that unlike a blackhead, it doesn't have an open pore in the middle. They show in the form of a raised bump on the skin. These bumps are often a result of past breakouts that have not been cleared.
How to clean your pores
Bumps that protrude out of the skin can be both unsightly and difficult to combat without the proper techniques. Most skin care advice tells you to cleanse your skin and exfoliate, however you will first need to remove the blockage from your skin in order to clear your pores and achieve smooth skin.
- Extract. It can be difficult to extract the blockage from a clogged pore without causing damage. That is why most skin care advice will tell you not to pick at your skin, as this will only lead to dark marks and scarring. However with the right technique you can remove the blockage yourself with a blackhead extractor tool (or your fingers), a warm cloth, tissue or gloves. It's important to be gentle and clean and treat the area after removing the blockage to ensure bacteria doesn't spread and the pore closes. An alcohol-free toner and a soothing gel will works best to cleanse and sooth any redness. If you do not feel comfortable extracting yourself, you can always visit an esthetician or dermatologist to assist.
- Clean it out. Once you remove the blockage from your pores, it's important to use pore-clearing products to prevent sebum, dirt and debris from becoming plugged in the pore again. Salicylic acid is a great ingredient to look for. It's known for its acne-fighting qualities and its ability to clean the pores. Look for exfoliating products you can leave on your skin such as serums, toners and masks. These types of products will go a long way as they really have time to work into the skin and treat the pores.
- Be consistent. For many of us, blackheads and bumps are a constant battle. Blackheads will re-appear over time so don't be discouraged. Wait until the bump is ready to be extracted and then follow up with your toner and serum. Try to treat the skin with a mask or a gentle chemical peel on a regular basis. This will help to clear existing breakouts and prevent future ones.
Clogged pores can be a frustrating issue because it takes a lot of consistent work. It's not something that will disappear with one product alone, however with consistent treatment, you can decrease the severity of breakouts you experience. Remember to clear your pores first. With bumps that have raised out of the skin, extraction is necessary before the breakout can be cleared. We hope this article was helpful.
Check out our post on how to fade dark marks and acne scarring.