How to Unclog Clogged Pores
Clogged pores are often the result of a build-up of sebum (oil), sweat, dirt or excess skin around a hair follicle. Although clogged pores can develop anywhere on your body, the face is where the condition is most often seen. The term 'blackhead' refers to a partially clogged pore, while a 'whitehead' describes a pore clogged completely with debris. Unclogging your pores requires the use of products that bring the contents of your pores to the surface of your skin.
Massage your skin with an exfoliating face wash. Apply the exfoliating face wash to your skin with your fingertips. Rinse the exfoliating face wash away with a cool water rinse. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
Spread a toner that contains salicylic acid over your clean skin, nightly. Saturate a cotton ball with the salicylic acid-based toner. Apply the toner liberally to the skin on your face. Allow your skin to air dry.
Apply a facial mask specifically designed to help unclog pores once a week. Several types of masks are available, including clay masks and peel-off facial masks. Simply apply and remove the mask according to manufacturer's instructions.
Give your skin a steam bath once or twice a week. Simply bring a pot of water to a boil on your stove top. Remove the pot from the stove once the water boils and place it on a sturdy heat-tolerant surface. Drape a towel over your head and stand approximately 18 inches above the steam for three to five minutes.
Speak to your doctor if your clogged pores persist. Your doctor may choose to write you a prescription for topical treatments that contain pharmaceutical-strength remedies to unclog your pores.
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