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How to Handle Clogged Pores

How to Handle Clogged PoresClogged pores are clinically called comedones, and there are two types: blackheads, which are incompletely clogged pores capped with blackened dust or debris and whiteheads, which are completely clogged pores. When clogged pores worsen, the result is acne. Here are five tips to help you handle clogged pores and maintain clean, clear skin.


Pores help the skin to allow oils to flow efficiently. When pores begin to clog, wash your face with warm water to loosen dirt and oils. Use a grainy exfoliant cleanser, which will polish off the dry, dead skin that`s clogging them. Look for products with natural ingredients such as oats, orange peel, ground almonds and rose petals. Be careful with grainy products. Use them gently and not too often. If you overuse the body produces more oil in an attempt to replace it, so once or twice a day is fine.


Facials are a wonderfully relaxing way to get a thorough, deep-pore cleansing. The mark of a good facial is that it`s personalized to meet the precise needs of your skin, so it`s essential to have a consultation with a facialist where you discuss your needs and concerns prior to service. Another great feature of a facial is that you can have nasty blackheads safely extracted.


Microdermabrasion significantly lessens the appearance of pores by "roughening up" skin, therefore loosening the dead skin that clogs pores. It also stimulates collagen so skin looks really smooth. At-home treatments can be just as effective as those done by professionals. If you are unsure of your product or how to use it, consult a professional for your first treatment. Don`t get microdermabrasion if you have spider veins. The treatment can make them worse.


Another exfoliation treatment that is beneficial to clearing clogged pores is both alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids. They exfoliate to prevent dead skin cells from building up and clogging pores. While alpha hydroxy acid is water soluble only, beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) is oil soluble, so it`s able to really seep into the sebum-packed pore, exfoliating the dead skin cells built up inside. Look for products that contain salicylic acid. If you have combination skin, you can find products which contain both salicylic and glycolic acid.


If your pores call for something stronger, ask your dermatologist fro recommendations for treatments that include tretinoin. Tretinoin helps unclog pores by loosening blackheads and speeding up cell turnover. If a gel-based product is too harsh, ask about treatments which come in a moisturizing base.


Because most of us spend eight hours a day with makeup on our faces, try these tips to keep your makeup working for you.


Skip Foundation: Avoid applying foundation to any areas where pores are enlarged. Foundation magnifies their look and calls more attention to pores. The fewer layers of makeup you can apply to clogged pores the better. Opt instead for a blemish control powder or a neutral blotting powder applied directly to any areas where pores appear larger. The powder will serve to diffuse the look of the pores so all you`ll see is a smooth, more matted surface.


Apply a pore-perfecting cream designed to treat clogged pores. Look for gels and tinted creams formulated to smooth the appearance of pores. Apply the product directly to the affected areas, allow it to set and lightly apply powder over it. Look for products that contain glycolic acid and antioxidants. You can find both clear and tinted creams.


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