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How to clear extremely clogged pores on the face

Updated on January 19, 2015

Clogged Pores

If you want a flawless expression then it is important to learn how to clear extremely clogged pores on the face.

If you are like me and often curse the existence of pores, because of the blackheads and acne that seem to arise from them, think again. The skin is alive and breathes through little holes on the skin called pores. Without them, we wouldn't sweat but would go around panting like dogs.

Pores only give a problem when they are clogged. A simple wash with gentle rubbing should clear them out. When your facial pores get extremely clogged then you need to do a little more.

Follow these short and simple steps below to clean clogged pores.

Structure of the skin - clogged pores lead to infections and acne
Structure of the skin - clogged pores lead to infections and acne

Step 1

The Best way to Prevent clogged Pores

The first step is really about prevention. Stop touching your face often. It is often surprising what a difference this basic tip makes for an acne prone face.

Buy the right products for your skin type.

Use an oil free moisturizer if you have oily skin.

Moisturize after any skin treatment.

Step 2

Thorough cleansing is essential to clear extremely clogged pores on nose

A simple wash with your usual soap will not do. It is best to buy specific products for facial pore care - Clinique and Neutrogena have a large assortment of tried and tested products.

Irrespective of the rest of your beauty regimen, wash your face at least twice a day and rinse with lots of water. Wash in a gentle and circular manner, the motions will increase blood flow, loosen dead cells and make your face glow.

Step 3

Using a Toner/Astringent to clear clogged pores

These products act in two ways -they usually contains an astringent like alcohol as well as another solvent such as salicylic acid.

The two products work in tandem.

While the astringent removes oils and may even kill off bacteria, the other one evacuates debris from deep within the cells.

Daily toner use is easy - Dab some on a piece of cotton and swipe all over the face avoiding the eye region. I also avoid using the toner under my nose (just above the upper lip) because it makes me choke.

Caution - When purchasing products to clear clogged pores, buy those that match your skin type - dry, sensitive, oily or mixed type skin

Pore Strips
Pore Strips

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Step 4

Facials scrubs are essential to clear clogged pores

What facial scrubs do is agitate the skin and exfoliate dead cells leading to less debris on the surface that can block pores.

Scrubs are available in different guises - exfoliating cream, microdermabrasion gel/cream and so on. They all contain something slightly gritty that will slough off dead skin.

DIY Facial Scrubs

You can create your own scrub at home. Grind some dry oatmeal, mix with enough honey or olive oil to make a paste and you are read to scrub.

Using a Facial Scrub to Clear Clogged Pores

  • Be gentle - If you scrub hard enough to cause bruising, your skin will compensate by increasing the rate of cell production, creating more potential pore clogging debris.
  • Use 3-5 times a week, not every day.
  • Read the instructions and follow closely.
  • Spread for a few minutes ( to improve oil absorption) then gently rub using the finger tip only.
  • Rinse well and moisturize ( especially if you have dry skin)

Honey, milk and dry gelatin - ingredients of a homemade pore srtip
Honey, milk and dry gelatin - ingredients of a homemade pore srtip

Step 5

Use Strips to Clear Clogged Pores in trouble zones

The areas around the nose get clogged very easily. Once a week you can give the area a deep pore cleansing treatment with pore strips.

Pore strips like Biore, are more or less refined duct tape with gelatin. They are amazingly effective in removing the contents of extremely clogged pores. Your nearest beauty shop will have a wide selection, but homemade pore strips often are as good as store bought.

DIY pore strips

All you really need is gelatin plus a softener such as honey or milk. Any other skin soothing substance in the kitchen can be added.

Homemade Pore Strips

  • Microwave two teaspoonfuls of dry gelatin with a teaspoonful of honey. Paint it over the nose, leave on till it dries and pull off sharply. You will be amazed at the contents of the strip.
  • Another option is to replace the gelatin with milk and repeat the process. This pore strip does not set as well as the one with gelatin but is milder and better for sensitive skin.

A clean, clear, blemish free skin tells the world you are healthy and glowing with life. To achieve this you need to quickly clear extremely clogged pores on the face.

If you have other DIY suggestions, let me know below.


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    • weavesandbraids profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Africa

      Thanks Flourish, homemade pore strips are so easy to make, and cost next to nothing. Witchhazel works well too.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      I like your description of Biore as refined duct tape with gelatin. I've used it once or twice out of curiosity but mainly stick to witchhazel. Although I have never had skin problems (thank goodness), many people struggle mightily. Nicely written hub. Voted up and more.


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