How to tackle  clogged pores on your face

 

With daily doses of make-up, sweat, dirt particles and oil to contend with, it’s no wonder many of us find ourselves battling blocked or clogged pores every now and again.


Luckily, this perfectly normal problem has a perfectly simple solution. With the quick and easy steps below – developed by our crack team of beauty experts – pores can be unclogged and blackheads banished easily. 

What causes clogged pores on the face?


Anywhere the body has hair (even tiny, invisible hair) it also has pores: tiny openings that help your skin release the oils that naturally keep your skin soft and moisturised.

 

So far, so good. But pores can get clogged. Dry or dead skin cells, excess oil, make-up, sweat and dirt are all common causes, but their job is made easier by hot weather, stress and the fact that some of us just have naturally larger pores (one of nature’s delightful genetic gifts). Once the pores are clogged, blackheads and pimples start to make an appearance.

 

So, how do you get rid of clogged pores? Let’s take a look.

How to unclog pores


If the bane of your life is finding extremely clogged pores on your cheeks, nose and forehead, then don’t worry. There are a few simple ways to flush them out. Here’s how to unclog pores:

1.       Wash wisely
Wash your face twice a day with warm water, and splash cold water on afterwards to close the pores before you apply make-up or moisturiser. Using a facial brush like the Philips VisaPure Advanced can help you get a deeper clean. Our gentle device lightly buffs away dirt, oils, and dead skin cells to help unclog pores and reveal revitalised, radiant skin. It’s 10x more effective than cleansing by hand, but just as gentle*.
How to unclog pores

1.       Get a helping hand from the right products

New pore-unclogging products are released all the time, but there are a few ingredients that beauty bloggers left, right and centre recommend every time:

 

  • Activated charcoal. Lights a fire under your skin – just kidding: it draws out and absorbs excess oil and dirt.
  • Salicylic acid. Penetrates deeply and dissolves oils, reduces inflammation.

 

2.       Exfoliate

Exfoliating can help to lift away dead skin cells and the other causes of clogged pores. If you’ve got a VisaPure Advanced device, the special exfoliating brush attachment can give you a helping hand with this. If not, choose a gentle scrub. Starting from the middle and moving out, massage the scrub into your face using a light, circular motion.

 

Whatever method you use, remember that exfoliation is a once-or-twice a week job – you can have too much of a good thing!

 

3.       Steam clean

A simple home remedy that some say is the best way to unclog pores. First, wash your face thoroughly to remove all make-up and dirt. Then pour boiling-hot, steaming water into a bowl (carefully!) and hold your face over it, with a towel draped over your head to create a mini steam room. If you like, you can add essential oils (tea tree is a favourite for the acne-prone) or soothing teas to the water to make the experience a bit more luxurious. 

 

4.       Steam clean

A simple home remedy that some say is the best way to unclog pores. First, wash your face thoroughly to remove all make-up and dirt. Then pour boiling-hot, steaming water into a bowl (carefully!) and hold your face over it, with a towel draped over your head to create a mini steam room. If you like, you can add essential oils (tea tree is a favourite for the acne-prone) or soothing teas to the water to make the experience a bit more luxurious. 

Steam clean

Sit there for 5-10 minutes as the steam opens up and cleanses your pores, then splash cool water over your face to close them up. Dry off with a soft, clean towel before applying any moisturiser.

 

That’s it! With these simple tips from our Beauty team, and a helping hand from the VisaPure Advanced, you can say goodbye to clogged pores for good. For more information and advice, check out our guide to the best natural remedies for minimising nose pores here – you won’t regret it.

 

*10 x more effective than cleansing by hand but just as gentle. Compared with manual make-up removal.

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