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7 Remedies for Clogged Pores

by Elsa

Clogged pores are one of the things that happens to all of us. They can happen naturally because of what happens in our bodies or can be caused by things in the environment or what we put on our faces. As part of regular skin care, taking measures to make sure that our skin gets it chance to clear up the pores, we can take a few measures to make sure that they don’t get clogged.

Why Do Pores Clog?

The pores of our skin function as a way to cleanse our body of toxins. What happens underneath our skins are oil producing glands called sebaceous glands. These produce sebum which is an oil that helps pull out the toxins like dead skin cells from our bodies (through the pores).

Similar to a drain, our pores can sometimes get clogged by the dead skin cells during this process. This can happen if there is a lot of dead skin cells that have built up. It can also be because of external factors like makeup or pollution.

Because a clogged skin pore blocks the exit for the oil and dead skin cells, they build up at that opening . As a result pimples or blackhead can form.

We all know that pimples as well as blackheads don’t look good. Plus, sometimes they don’t heal properly and can lead to skin blemishes after they go away or sometimes even scarring.

How to Get Rid of Clogged Pores

The best way to avoid any skin imperfections or problems that may occur from clogged pores is to prevent them from happening. But sometimes that isn’t just possible. So here are some great home remedies to clear up clogged pores.

1. Use Steam

This is one of the easiest and most well known methods of clearing up the pores. Warm air or steam helps open up the skin’s pores making them more passable for the dead skin cells and other dirt to pass through.

All you need is to get a bowl or container of hot water, or alternatively get into the sauna or take a hot bath. The extra bonus is sitting there and letting the steam go through your face is also a relaxing thing to do.

How to use steam for pores:

  1. Fill a large bowl with hot water.
  2. Wash your face to clean it before steaming. You want your skin to be clean as the steam opens up the pores. So if your face is dirty or have impurities it just adds to what’s already clogging the pores.
  3. Get a towel and drape it over your head as you position your face over the steam coming up from the water bowl. Position your face so the steam doesn’t feel to hot.
  4. Steam for around 5 minutes.
  5. You don’t want to do this for too long because steam also dries the skin.
  6. Rinse your face after to clear out any particles that may have been extracted from the pores.
  7. Apply moisturizer to prevent dry skin.

2. Exfoliating

One of the oldest and effective methods of clearing out unwanted skin cells and particles from the skin’s surface. In exfoliating you use a small facial brush to gently scrub away the impurities that can cause clogs.

Make sure to get the proper type of brush, and one with soft bristles so it does the job right and not damage skin.

To cleanse using a face brush:

  1. Rinse and dry your face before starting. Also makes sure that your face is dry before you begin scrubbing.
  2. With a dry brush, scrub away the impurities by making gentle circle strokes.
  3. After you’re done exfoliating, rinse again.

3. Use a face mask

Face masks come in a lot of different forms. They all work by helping pull out the dirt from the pores so that the skin can breathe again. One popular options are the clay masks that you can use to get rid of the small particles that have lodged under the skin and also reduce the amount of oil on the skin’s surface.

Beauty shops also have chemical masks like the alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy masks. These are ready made packages you can use on your face that help exfoliate unwanted debris from the skin.

4. Baking Soda

We know that baking soda is great for household remedies like cleaning and neutralizing nasty odors. The thing is baking soda also makes for a great and very available exfoliating deep pore cleanser.

It helps remove toxins, impurities and dead cells from the skin, and can be used as a face scrub.

To apply:

  1. Make a paste out of baking soda and water.
  2. Gently apply on the skin and let it stay for a short while to do its work.
  3. Then wash off and clean away.

5. Lemon Juice

If you’re looking for a natural treatment for clogged pores then lemon juice is one of the things you can use. Its astringent properties and citric acid helps it exfoliate the skin and remove the dirt that can get stuck and clog the pores of the skin. If you happen to have blackheads, lemon juice also works well in getting rid of these.

To apply:

  1. Cut a lemon in half or in wedges. Rub the lemon over the affected skin area.
  2. Alternatively, you can also squeeze the juice out and gently massage it over the problem skin surface.
  3. Let the juice dry for five minutes.
  4. Wash and clean away with water.

6. Honey

As great as honey tastes as a food, it has numerous benefits for the skin. As far as our skin’s pores go, honey provides two features that make it good for clearing clogged pores.

First, it helps tighten skin pores and reduces the amount of excess oil in the skin. This helps prevent any clogging from happening beforehand. Also, honey helps clear the skin by opening up the pores to allow the oil and dead skin cells to get through.

To apply:

  1. Get hold of raw honey and use your fingers to slowly massage it on your skin.
  2. Leave the honey to rest on the skin for a few moments.
  3. Then wash off.

7. Pore Strips (store-bought)

These aren’t normally found in the home and you’d have to go the the store to get some. The good news is they’re easily available and work great. If you’ve ever tried one of these strips you’d be amazed at how much it can pull out from your skin.

The great thing about them is they’re really easy to use. Just stick them on to your skin like a band-aid, in areas where clogged pores usually occur like the nose, wait a few minutes and pull them off. You’ll see a lot of different small particles stuck to the strip.

These work by clinging on to the dirt and small debris that have built up in the pores. And they stick to them and lift them off to get rid of them and clear the pores.


So there you have it. Some simple home remedies for clearing up clogged pores. You can use homemade DIY products, just plain hot water or go get some store bought skin pore strips or exfoliating products. Whichever you choose you can easily apply them at home and make sure your skin has a chance to clear itself and get rid of the impurities it is trying to expel to keep skin healthy and clear.

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