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How to Clear Clogged Pores

Updated on July 11, 2012

Even those with the most flawless complexion will get a clogged pore or pimple every now and then. If you want to head off these annoying blemishes, it's important to know how to clear a clogged pore. Fortunately, there are some simple steps to clear clogged pores and keep your skin clear.


Keeping your skin clean is key to preventing clogged pores. Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and before bed, with warm water and a gentle facial cleanser. When selecting a cleanser, it is best to avoid soap as it can be too drying and cause the skin to flake. Dead skin cells can become trapped in pores, thereby causing a clogged pore. Ideally, you should select a cleanser designed for your skin type. It is important to wash your face at the end of the day to remove make up.


Coupled with a regular cleansing, exfoliation (removal of dead skin cells) is a powerful tool in combating clogged pores. There are a variety of tools that can be used to slough dead skin cells. A washcloth or soft brush can be used with your cleanser to exfoliate your skin. Use gentle pressure, especially on your face, and a circular motion. Sugar can be made into a scrub that can be used to exfoliate the skin. Simply rub some sugar into your cleanser and wash normally.


If you have oily skin, you may find it’s beneficial to apply an astringent after you wash your face and before you apply a moisturizer. Astringents help remove excess oil from the surface of the skin, thus helping to clear any pores that may be prone to clog. But be careful. Overuse can cause the skin to dry out.


Daily moisturizing of the skin will help keep it healthy and smooth. Again, look for a formulation that suits your skin type. Specifically, products labeled “non-comedogenic” are specifically formulated to prevent clogging the pores. It is important to moisturize daily to keep skin in good condition.

If you Get a Clogged Pore

Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, clogged pores happen. They can be unclogged by following a few simple steps.

1. Apply a little heat. Wet a washcloth under warm, not hot, water. Press the washcloth to the area affected. This will help open up the pore and allow for easier extraction.

2. Extract. A “comedone extractor” is a special tool that can be purchased inexpensively at a drugstore or beauty supply store. It is a small usually metal tool with a loop at either end. One of the loops is usually larger than the other. Make sure you sterilize the tool by boiling it or wiping it with rubbing alcohol before you use it. Place one of the looped ends over the clogged pore, and exert gentle pressure. The comedone extractor should help you apply even pressure around the pore. If it’s stubborn, take a break and try again later.

Everyone gets a clogged pore every now and then. That's why healthy-looking skin requires that you know how to clear a clogged pore. By following the tips above, you can prevent clogged pores, and safely remove a clogged pore without damaging your skin.


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