Dull complexion, blackheads or whiteheads that form, ineffective beauty products… these may be signs of clogged pores. Although they are very often the cause of our concerns, it is important to remember that the pores have a vital function for the skin. They are like the door to the skin, since on one side sweat and sebum come out while beauty treatments enter. So, when the pores are clogged, nothing goes. We have put together a lot of tips that will help you fight clogged pores and at the same time, tighten dilated pores.
Why are our pores clogged?
Without a good cleansing routine, it's no wonder pores get clogged. With the particles of pollution, the make-up that we apply daily, the deposits of sweat and sebum, the pores are very quickly overwhelmed by impurities. And when you don't take the time, the right habits, the gestures and the right products to eliminate them, clogged pores take their place.
The hard part is that when the pores are clogged, the sebum can no longer flow normally to moisturize and soften the skin as it should. Then, the skin loses its radiance and the imperfections point the tip of their nose. Aside from sweat, makeup and dead cells, many other factors can clog pores, such as stress and sunlight.
The T zone is the most sensitive to this phenomenon where sebum tends to accumulate. It is therefore not uncommon to see spots appear in the form of black pimples on the cheeks, forehead and nose. But how do you effectively unclog your pores?
What are the effective solutions for clogged pores?
To prevent your pores from becoming clogged over time, you need to adopt a good beauty routine. It is important to cleanse your face properly morning and evening with micellar water or milk and lotion. The main thing is to use a product that is suitable for your skin type. If you prefer to wash your face, use lukewarm water instead to tighten pores and reveal skin tone.
Deeply and gently cleanse the skin
To overcome the impurities that tend to accumulate on the surface of the skin, it is necessary to carry out a deep cleaning. A gentle cleansing gel is then welcome to eliminate traces of sweat, sebum and pollution. It is also recommended to exfoliate the skin once or twice a week.
At Nubiance, we've concocted a product that combines mechanical exfoliation and enzymatic exfoliation to deeply cleanse the skin. Exfoclear is an exfoliating gel with AHA, soap-free and neutral pH that gently cleanses the skin while removing all impurities.
And if you turn to natural solutions?
If you have a preference for natural products, activated charcoal and salicylic acid have been found to be very effective in cleansing the face and unclogging pores. Activated charcoal is indicated to absorb excess sebum and impurities. Salicylic acid, on the other hand, penetrates deep into the skin to reduce inflammation.
There are also other techniques to help unclog facial pores. You can proceed with steam cleaning because the heat helps to open the pores to better evacuate the impurities. After washing your face to remove traces of make-up, residues of care products and particles of pollution, consider the facial sauna.
For this, it is enough to take a bowl of boiling water, cover your head with a towel and stand above the steam. By remaining 5 to 10 minutes in this bubble of steam, the pores will expand to let the plugs escape. To reinforce the hammam effect for your face, do not hesitate to add essential oil of geranium for example for its astringent effect, chamomile for its anti-inflammatory effect or tea tree for its purifying effect.
After the facial sauna is finished, rinse your face with cold water to close the pores. Then, all you have to do is apply your daily moisturizer.
Apply a day and/or night care
Once the skin is completely cleansed and dried, apply a day or night cream . The first moisturizes, nourishes and protects the skin from external aggressions. The second promotes recovery to repair damage and prepare the skin for the next day. The two skincare products can have additional actions depending on your needs, such as an anti-stain, anti-aging or even anti-imperfection product.