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7 Brilliant Ways To Unclog Your Pores
Skin & Body
On any given day, your skin is battling sweat, pollution, and pore-clogging face makeup. We’ll be the first to admit that keeping pores spick and span is work. Playing the ignorance-is-bliss game is one strategy, however, we propose a more proactive approach
DIY Solution: Parsley Soak
The garnish actually makes an amazing pore-decongesting treatment—who knew? As a natural astringent, parsley effectively pulls out toxins and other skin-clogging impurities. Take freshly washed parsley and submerge it in a bowl of boiling water. Allow it soak until the water has cooled. Then dip a washcloth into the water and place it on your face for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this ritual every other day.
DIY Solution: Baking Soda Scrub
Your standard, household baking soda makes for an easy deep pore cleanser that gently exfoliates. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water to make a paste. Use circular motions to gently massage the mixture onto your face. Leave it on the skin for about five minutes, then rinse clean. Do this once a week to remove dead skin cells and balance the skin.
DIY Solution: Lemon Treatment
For squeaky-clean pores, raid your fruit basket twice a week. The citric acid in lemons works to exfoliate skin, clearing out any dirt or oil residing in your pores. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over the affected area. Let it stand for five minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Store-Bought Solution: Pore Strips
Yes, the pore strips you remember from back in day really do get the job done. Bioré’s Deep Pore Cleansing Strips ($9) are made with selective bonding agents that act like a magnet, locking into and lifting away deep-down dirt and buildup from your pores.
Store-Bought Solution: Double Exfoliation
The power of exfoliation can never be overstated. It’s one of the simplest and most fundamental ways to unclog pores and keep them that way. If manual exfoliators aren’t cutting it, try the combination of cleansing device with a chemical exfoliator. Grab a konjac sponge ( Konjac Cleansing Sponge, $18) and use it with an acid cleanser, like Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid 3 Percent Facial Wash, $32 or Dermadoctor’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser, $27). The cleansing device will help those exfoliating acids get even deeper into pores.
Store-Bought Solution: Charcoal Mask
Activated charcoal is a skincare superstar for congested complexions. It attracts toxins and absorbs up to 200 times its weight in impurities. The activated charcoal paired with sebum-clearing clay in Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment ($69) and Origins’ Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask ($24) works magnetically to draw out excess oil, pollutants, and other waste materials that get trapped inside pores.
Professional Solution: Extraction
For years you’ve been warned against picking your skin. The one exception to the hands-off rule is to go pro. When your pores seem to have reached the point of no return, turning to an esthetician or dermatologist for professional pore extraction can make a world of difference. They know which pores can be addressed and which ones to leave alone (a differentiation lost on many untrained eyes). They also know how to do it right to avoid injuring and further inflaming the skin (another difficulty with at-home extractions).
By Deven Hopp