If you’ve ever used one of those magnifying mirrors found at pharmacies, you probably noticed hundreds of tiny brownish speckles on your face. While not inherently harmful, these small spots, or clogged pores, don’t look good and can lead to blackheads or acne breakouts. Luckily, there are a wide variety of ways in which you can get rid of clogged pores, prevent pimples, blackheads and giving your skin an overall clean, fresh and more youthful appearance.
Clogged pores are caused by a number of environmental factors as well as poor or incorrect hygiene. Caused by the blockage of a hair follicle by a secretion called sebum, if left untreated clogged pores can become more noticeable when exposed to oxygen. This exposure turns the sebum and bacteria, into a blackhead. Alternately, if the pore becomes infected it can cause a pimple. Proper hygiene and proper moisturizing are the best ways to prevent clogged pores, but if you’ve already noticed them on your skin, you may want to learn how to get rid of clogged pores naturally.
Aside from a regular face washing and hydration routine, steam is the best way to get rid of clogged pores at home. At times, a hot shower will work just fine, but often times showering in water which is too hot will cause your skin to become dry and itchy. Try this method instead:
- Heat a large pot of water on the stove. There is no need to boil it, simply heat the water until steam appears.
- Remove the pot of water from the heat. Do not ever attempt to use steam treatment while your water is still on a heat source.
- If desired, add a few drops of rosehip seed oil to the water.
- Drape a bath towel over your head, creating a “tent” under which your pot of water is placed.
- Relax and allow the steam to touch your face, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse your face with a soft cloth and warm water, and apply moisturizer.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from your face and body, and is imperative to ensuring that your pores do not become blocked or infected. While over the counter products are available to aid in exfoliation, there are quite a few ingredients which can be used and that are already in your home. The following recipes can be used two to three times each week as an exfoliating scrub. Be sure to use it gently, so you don’t irritate your skin.
- Crush 2 tablespoons of white sugar into a fine powder. Add enough pure honey to form a thick paste. You may choose to add a bit of water if the scrub is difficult to spread on your skin.
- Using a spice grinder, finely grind ¼ cup of sea salt. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary for a fragrant and antiseptic scrub.
- Combine oatmeal and honey in a small bowl, enough to make a paste. Depending upon the type of oatmeal you use, a 3:1 oatmeal to honey ratio will work well. Add a small bit of water if necessary. Using a soft cloth, gently rub the scrub onto your face in a circular motion. Rinse well with warm water.
- For an extremely simple exfoliating scrub, simply combine baking soda with enough water to make a thin paste. If desired, add a few drops of lemon juice. Using your fingers, apply the scrub to your skin and rub gently.
Home Remedies for Clogged Pores
A very relaxing way to get rid of clogged pores naturally can be done through face masks can also be made using ingredients found in your pantry. Masks are applied to the entire face, left to dry and then peeled or washed off with warm water. Natural masks can be used two to three times a week and provide a perfect way to refresh your skin after a long day. Try these masks to relieve your skin of clogged pores naturally, without chemicals.
- To make an egg white mask, combine the egg white of one egg with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of honey. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, then apply to your face. Allow the mask to dry, and then peel the mask off. If the mask does not easily peel, you may use warm water to rinse your skin.
- A gelatin mask can be made by combining one packet of plain, unflavored gelatin to approximately 2 tablespoons of milk. Microwave the mixture for about 10 seconds. Check the temperature of the mask; be sure not to apply it to your face if it’s too hot! Once applied to your skin, simply let the mask dry and then peel off to treat your clogged pores.
- If you have beauty clay in your medicine cabinet, you can make a mask by combining this pure clay with a few teaspoons of coconut oil. The clay acts as a natural “sponge”, absorbing impurities from your skin, which the coconut oil nourishes. After you’ve rinsed the mask, you may also apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your face as a moisturizer. Coconut oil also acts as a sunscreen of about SPF 4.
- If you have sensitive skin, try mixing 2 parts plain, unflavored yogurt to 1 part oatmeal. Mix thoroughly and apply the mask to your face. Allow approximately 10 minutes for the mask to dry and then rinse with a washcloth and warm water.
Using the methods described, you can improve your complexion and greatly reduce the appearance of clogged pores on your face. A scrub or mask can actually give you a brighter, cleaner look and get rid of clogged pores overnight. Be sure to follow a routine of proper face washing with a mild soap, and apply moisturizer with sunscreen to your face every day. In almost no time at all, your skin will be noticeably more healthy.