How To Get Rid Of Clogged Pores: Causes,Treatments And Prevention

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What Causes Clogged Pores & How To Get Rid Of Them?

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Human skin has tiny pores all over for hair to break through as well as sweat and oil to exit our system. Our pores can also help in regulating our body temperature and to further ensure that our skin remains healthy. Even though the openings are in the epidermis, sometimes these pores can get clogged. This doesn’t let our skin breathe naturally, and leads to blackheads, acne, and other kinds of skin irregularities. Extremely clogged pores can lead to unhealthy skin conditions which affect the overall quality of our skin.

Causes Of Clogged Pores?

Clogged pores on the nose, face, cheeks, and forehead are common. This is because our face has a more sensitive skin and exposed pores that can easily be infected by external factors. There can be different kinds of clogged pores depending on your lifestyle, skin type, environment, and so on. Common causes are:

  • Bacteria growth on the skin
  • Oil collection in the pores
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Allergic reactions
  • Too much makeup or cosmetic product use
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Not cleaning the skin for a long period or the collection of dirt
  • Diabetes
  • Puberty
  • Excessive usage of anti-ageing lotions

It has been observed that people with oily skin are more likely to get clogged pores on their cheeks and face. Some people can also get clogged pores on their chest during puberty or pregnancy due to a hormonal imbalance.

Also Read: What Are Large Pores & How To Get Rid Of Them?

Why Are Clogged Pores Bad For The Skin?

When the pores are clogged, our skin finds it difficult to get rid of excess oil and other waste products. It also compromises the natural flow of oxygen in the skin. This makes the skin either too dry or too oily by changing the ideal pH level. Extremely these pores often result in the outbreak of acne and pimples as well.

Furthermore, it has been observed that clogged pores on the nose can lead to whiteheads and blackheads. This is because there is a higher concentration of oil-producing glands on the nose. When the surface of the pore is closed and inflamed, it results in the formation of whiteheads. If the surface of the pore is open (yet clogged), then blackheads can occur. The same can happen with clogged pores on the chin or forehead as well.

What Is The Difference Between Clogged Pores & Acne?

Clogged pore acne is a common skin-related issue. However, not every clogged pore turns into acne. When the oil produced by the sebaceous glands get accumulated, there is a high chance of infection by bacteria, which forms acne on the clogged pore.

An existing bacterial infection or skin condition can also lead to clogged pore acne. These pores can also become a whitehead, blackhead, or any other irregular growth.

Also Read: How To Remove Acne From Oily Skin?

How To Treat Clogged Pores?

Here are some effective ways to treat clogged pores.

  • Chemical Peeling – Often performed by dermatologists, a chemical solution is prepared and applied to the skin. When it is removed, it peels the upper layer of the skin which gets rid of clogged pores, scars, pimples, etc. by letting healthy skin cells grow. There are also several home-based peeling gels and masks that you can try to remove clogged pores on your face as well.
  • Steam therapy – Gently wipe your face with a tissue or soft towel. Prepare hot water in a container and pour a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil in it. Cover your face and the container with a towel and let the steam gather.As hot steam will enter your skin pores, it will warm the accumulated oil and get rid of the dead skin cells. Steam for a few minutes, making sure that your skin is not overly exposed to it for a long time. The impurities will leave the clogged pores and can later be removed by washing your face with lukewarm water.
  • Exfoliate – To exfoliate your skin, first, remove any makeup using a tissue. Now, with the use of a facial brush, clean your skin by rubbing it in a circular pattern.While rubbing your skin with the brush, you can concentrate on areas such as the nose, chin, or forehead where the concentration of clogged pores is higher. To finish, wash your face with an organic face wash. Some people also apply a natural face mask after the procedure to further exfoliate their skin, however, consider your skin sensitivity.

How To Prevent Clogged Pores?

It is important to make sure clogged pores do not become a recurring issue. Consider these expert tips for healthier skin.

  • Avoid using too much makeup or harsh cosmetic products on your skin that can further make it dry or infect your pores.
  • Make sure that you stay hydrated as the lack of water in our body can be an indirect cause of clogged pores.
  • Avoid the accumulation of oil on your skin pores by washing your face daily (or twice a day for oily skin).
  • Accommodate the use of natural products like grapeseed oil or Aloe Vera gel in your skin care routine to cleanse and nourish your skin.

Also Read: What Causes Open Pores & How To Get Rid Of Them?

  • One of the common misconceptions about clogged pores treatment is regarding the use of scrubbers. You should avoid using scrubbers as they can make your pores larger and expose them to infection.
  • An organic face mask with activated charcoal can also help get rid of clogged pores on your cheeks, forehead, and nose.
  • Exfoliating your skin with substances like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide help keep it disinfected.
  • Dedicated products like clogged pore strips that you can try to remove clogged pores on nose and chin.

Now when you know what clogged pores are and how to treat them, you can easily keep your skin healthy. Feel free to share these tips for clogged pores with your friends as well and help them get a flawless skin.

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Kushneet Kukreja

Kushneet Kukreja

A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.


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