Clogged pores are a common issue in people with oily skin. The oil or sebaceous glands present on the skin have a lining called the epithelial lining, the inside of which sometimes thickens, becomes misshapen and gets clogged. When this occurs, it blocks the flow of oil out of the pores. Dirt, makeup, pollution and skin care products can further enter the pores; thus clogging them even more… Clogged pores often result in whiteheads, blackheads and pimples or acne breakouts which can lead to permanent scarring and blemishes. Needless to say, it is very important to eliminate and exfoliate clogged pores from time to time. Here are some remedies that are effective at giving you a clearer complexion:
Steaming is the most effective remedy to open pores. It gets rid of dried sebum and other impurities that are blocking the pores so your skin can breathe properly. To steam your face, pour hot water in a bowl and bend your head over it. Cover your head up with a thick towel and inhale the vapors and let the steam focus on your face. You must take the steam for at least 10 minutes. Afterwards, gently pat dry your face and use a Q tip to press and remove dried sebum and dirt from the clogged pores. Once you’ve emptied your pores, use an ice cube on the face to seal them shut again. Repeat this remedy once a week to keep your skin clean and clear.
Vinegar is the best thing you can use to clear clogged pores and fight acne. It might smell like salad dressing, but this remedy really works! Apply some raw, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar onto the skin using cotton wool. Do not use too much as it can be drying. Wash off after 10 minutes and use regularly to fight blemishes and balance oily skin.
Make an activated charcoal face mask to remove debris from the clogged pores. Readymade activated charcoal mask products are also available or you can make one at home by mixing it up with water or some non toxic glue. Spread the mask onto the nose, chin, cheeks and other areas with clogged pores. Let it dry completely before gently pulling it off. Charcoal detoxifies the skin by pulling out dead skin and dried oil. Use the mask regularly to keep your skin fresh and clean.
The next remedy for clogged pores may smell like you have baked something nice! The combination of cinnamon and raw honey makes a great face mask to clear out clogged pores. Both cinnamon and honey have antibacterial properties that eliminate germs, hardened oil and dirt from the skin pores. Mix 1 tbsp of raw natural honey with ½ tsp of cinnamon powder. Dab it onto the face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.
Oranges taste awesome but not many know of its skin healing properties. The citric acid and vitamin C in oranges remove excess oil, dirt and other pore clogging debris that lead to pimple breakouts. Grind 2 fresh or dried orange peels with a bit of water and apply the paste onto the facial skin. Rinse off completely. Use this mask once a week to exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
This is a fantastic remedy for acne prone skin. Tea tree oil is a solvent that has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Its solvent action cuts through the hardened sebum and oil and clears up the clogged pores. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with carrier oil (almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil, for example) or water. Use a Q-tip or cotton balls to dab it on the skin. Wash off after few hours. Use regularly to keep skin acne-free.
Aloe is a miracle plant; one of the most useful plants Mother Nature has to offer. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Aloe gel clean out your pores. All you need for this remedy is an Aloe plant or you can head over to your nearest pharmacy and buy some over-the-counter aloe gel. Dab it onto the skin, leave it on overnight, and rinse off in the morning.
Carrot seed oil contains beta carotene that provides vitamin A to the skin. This is beneficial for all skin types and reduces pore size, diminishes wrinkles, stimulates circulation and tones and repairs skin tissue. Start with a cleansed face and apply carrot seed oil to the problem areas. Always perform a patch test first to rule out allergies.
Willow bark extract contains natural salicylic acid (salicin) that works as a bacteriostatic, meaning that it can remove clogged particles and eliminate bacteria that cause acne flare ups. A word of caution: the extract can be very irritating to sensitive skin, so use it only after you have conducted a patch test first.
Papaya and mango facials are excellent for removing clogged pores and hydrating the skin. Peel the fruits and remove seeds. Blend the pulp in a food processor and apply the paste onto your face. Wash off with warm water after 15-20 minutes.
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