Clogged pores might be a frustrating problem, as it tends to reoccur and get even more visible eventually, not to mention that a lot of clogged pores problems develop into severe pimple and blemish dilemmas. This clogged pores—or comedones, is a very common problem which can be undergone by both adults and teenagers. There are many offered beauty treatments to minimize the effect of sebum blockage on your skin appearance. However, these can be costly, despite its instant and lost-lasting results. Thus, effective home remedies which are more affordable and easy might be beneficial for treating clogged pores under skin.
How pores get clogged?
Clogged pores are known as comedones, which may occur all over the face. The most common facial part affected by clogged pores are nose, forehead, and chin. Basically, clogged pores are caused by hair follicle pores which are blocked by dead skin cells and sebum produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. When these hair follicles are covered by sebum, they are fully covered, causing whiteheads, while hair follicles which are not fully blocked will stay on the skin surface, triggering blackheads. Both problems are potential to develop into acne, pimples, and blemish which affect the skin appearance.
Why should clogged pores under skin be treated?
The occurrence of clogged pores under skin might indicate problems with our digestion and skin hygiene. Both whiteheads and blackheads are the signs that our skin is possibly not thoroughly clean. They are also indicating digestion problems or unhealthy diets. Comedones which occur all over the facial skin are also unaesthetic and may deteriorate someone’s self-confidence. Hence, it is important to find and use the most suitable methods for getting rid of this skin problem and prevent it from reoccurring.
Treatment for clogged pores under skin
Good hygiene practices
- Washing face regularly without over washing it. Washing the face twice a day with warm salty water is more effective to eliminate blackheads and whiteheads than washing it with harsh cosmetic products, which instead may cause clogged skin pores.
- Make sure all cosmetic products are removed before sleeping. Otherwise it may result in clogged pores which may develop into pimples and blemishes. Waterproof products should be paid more attention as they tend to be harder to remove and are potential in causing pore blockages.
Facial masks help cleansing the skin pores and getting rid of dirt and excessed sebum causing clogged pores. You can make your own facial masks at home, which are helpful in eliminating comedones and cleansing your skin pores.
Egg white facial mask
Choose an organic egg and spread a thin layer of the egg white and allow it to dry. Afterwards, spread two more layers, allowing each to dry before spreading the next. Leave the mask to sit on your face for 20 to30 minutes until it gets completely dry. Next, gently scrub the mask and rinse your facial skin with warm water.
Honey facial mask
Honey is a natural antibacterial, and its gluey consistency helps getting rid of clogging hardened sebum from your skin pores. To do this, choose raw honey instead of ones processed with added sugar. Spread the mask all over the face and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can also add two drops of tea tree oil before spreading the mask. Peel it off the face and rinse the skin with warm water.
Blackheads which occur under the nose skin is a common skin problem and unaesthetic at all. Homemade blackhead strips you can make at home can be tried as a remedy for getting rid this problematical skin disorder. To do this, you will need:
- A tablespoon of unflavored gelatin powder
- A tablespoon of milk
Mix these two ingredients in a heat-resistant bowl and stir to get a coarse consistency. Put it in the microwaves for 10 seconds in medium heat. Leave it to cool down slightly. Afterwards, dip your finger to obtain the mixture and coat it onto your face where blackheads sit. Leave it to dry and gently take it off to see how many blackheads are taken off from your facial skin.
If you plan to use the strips for whiteheads, you can steam the affected skin beforehand. This will open the pores up, making it easier for the strips to loosen the hardened sebum up.
Exfoliating affected skin will help get rid of clogs in the skin as well as renew the skin cells and get rid of damaged ones. There are many products you can buy and use for exfoliating skin with clogged pores. However, you can also make the exfoliating products at home for a more affordable and simple treatment.
Honey and sugar scrub
Mix the two ingredients with equal proportion and apply it onto the area with clogged pores. Gently rub it against the clogs in circular motion. Rinse the skin with warm water afterwards. Repeat the treatment twice a week.
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply to blackheads and let it half-dry. Gently scrub it and rinse the face with warm water.
Keeping the skin moist is also essential to avoid clogs. After every treatment for whiteheads, it is advised that you apply decent moisturizer to the affected skin, which is important for maintaining its hydration. Skin which is too dry can also be affected by clogs that turn into pimples and blemish.
Steaming the affected skin is also known as an effective whiteheads treatment which can be done at home or beauty salon. Steam will help opening the skin pores, letting the hardened sebum get out of it. To do this, you will need to boil water and put it into a large bowl. Then, cover your head with a clean towel and lean over the bowl for 15 to 20 minutes, letting the steam from the boiled water go all over the face to unclog the pores. Steaming will work for both blackheads and whiteheads, as it is able to open the skin pores to let the hardened sebum under the skin go.
There are various ingredients you can find at home which are effective for getting rid clogged pores under the skin. The result might not be instant, but these ingredients are natural, more affordable, and can be found easily around the house.
Lemon juice is a natural anti-bacterial which is effective for dead skin removal. If you periodically remove these dead skin, the chance that it accumulates around the hair follicle can be minimized. Vitamin C contained by lemons, in addition, is an anti-oxidant and a good stimulator for collagen production which improves skin health.
Wash you face with warm water. Squeeze juice from an organic lemon into a bowl. Afterwards, soak a cotton ball into the juice and dab it onto the facial area affected by clogs. Let the juice dry and wash the face with cold water afterwards. Repeat the treatment the next day.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is known as an effective home remedy for various skin disorder, including whiteheads. Applying an aloe vera gel directly onto the affected skin will help unclog the pores and extracting the hardened sebum around the hair follicles.
Tomatoes are acidic, and this will help breaking down and dissolve the hardened sebum clogging the skin pores. To use tomatoes to get rid of clogged pores, cut it into slices and put it directly onto the affected skin. You can also crush the tomatoes and coat the paste onto the affected skin. Rinse the skin after 10 minutes and avoid applying the ingredient too long on the skin as it may harm the skin because of its acidic property.
Choose toothpaste which is whole white, instead of the colored one. Squeeze the tub and apply the toothpaste onto the affected area with soft-bristle toothbrush and gently rub it with circular motion for 10 minutes. You can also add a pinch of salt onto the paste and do the scrubbing. Afterwards, rinse the area with warm water or wipe it off with damp towel or washcloth. Apply a dab of decent moisturizer to the treated area and repeat the treatment three times a week.