It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that we’ll all deal with clogged pores from time to time. Clogged pores are one of the most common skincare concerns. When your pores are clogged, it can make your skin appear dull and leave the texture feeling bumpy and uneven.
Clogged pores are something you can have with any skin type. They’re caused by everything from excess sebum production to forgetting to take off your makeup and dead skin cells getting trapped in your pores. Our pores are one part of our skin that we’ve all been guilty of overlooking when curating our skincare routine.
The best way to treat and prevent your pores become clogged and enlarged is to focus on cleansing your skin. If you find yourself struggling with enlarged pores and blackheads, you want to start using active ingredients like tea tree oil and retinol to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
Understanding what causes clogged pores can help you prevent them from happening to begin with. It’s all about having a consistent skincare routine that uses the right products and ingredients. Read on to find out what clogged pores are, the causes of them, and how to unclog and tighten your pores.
What are clogged pores and the causes of clogged pores?
Clogged pores are caused by bacteria, excess sebum, dead skin cell, and debris that is trapped in your skin. Your pores are part of your skin’s hair follicles and are also known as the sebaceous glands. The pores in your skin work to express sebum onto your skin, which helps to protect and moisturize your skin. Clogged pores can occur everywhere, from your cheeks to your nose or chin.
When your pores become clogged, it can lead to visible sebaceous filaments – a darker form of blackheads. These lines become more noticeable in your skin when your pores are clogged, and your skin is producing too much sebum.
Clogged pores can also be caused by factors that are entirely in your control – such as forgetting to remove your makeup. One of the worst things you can do is to fall asleep with your makeup on, as this can cause your makeup to clog up your pores and leave it feeling dry and looking full.
How to unplug your pores and then tighten your pores
You can alter your skincare foundation to unclog and tighten your pores. It’s not all that different from your usual skincare routine, but the order in which you use your products is the most important factor.
You’ll start by using a gel-based cleanser to gently cleanse your face to remove impurities and dead skin cells. Skip your toner and go ahead with a tea tree oil serum before hydrating with a moisturizer. Instead of finishing your skincare routine here, you want to follow up with retinol and sunblock.
We’re breaking down this ideal skincare routine to help you understand the role that every step plays in unclogging and tightening your pores.
1. Cleanse gently using a gel-based cleanser
2. Treat with a tea tree oil serum
As tea tree oil is an antiseptic, it won’t clog your pores and is ideal for helping to remove any bacteria or debris in your skin. You’ll get the best results from any serum when you apply it to freshly cleansed skin as it makes it easier for the serum to act.
3. Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer
You want to be using a moisturizer to help hydrate your skin and maintain its moisture balance. Incorporating a moisturizer into your skincare routine will also help you lock in the active ingredients in your serums, including tea tree oil, to help you get the best results. Using a moisturizer after your serum will also help to prep your skin for using retinol.
4. Use retinol
5. Apply sunblock
Whatever your skin type and skin concerns are, you want to be using sunblock. It’s one step that all of us have been guilty of skipping from time to time. You want to forget about the common misconception that sunscreen is only for the summer months. Even if you can’t see it, the sun – and its harmful UV rays – are there every day of the year.
What are some methods that you should avoid?
While the internet is a powerful education tool for skincare routines, it’s also full of misinformation. It’s not unusual to see bloggers – and even skincare brands – promoting methods that can harm your skin instead of unclogging your pores.
1. Using baking soda as an exfoliant
You can get some of the benefits of lemon for unclogging your pores by diluting a small amount of lemon juice into water and drinking it as part of your daily routine. As a healthy antioxidant, lemon is a natural ingredient you can benefit from in ways other than applying it directly to your skin.