It’s no secret that one of the main reasons why most women have issues with their skin is due to clogged pores.
Therefore understanding how to clear clogged pores is going to be the greatest tip a girl could have in her arsenal.
Why Do We Get Clogged Pores In The First Place?
Our pores are essentially holes in our skin that hold hair follicles.
Of course where there’s a hole, there’s going to be something around to fill it and that my friend comes in a few different varieties:
Sweat is one of the major contributors for clogging up our pores.
Sweat alone is simply water mixed with several dissolved solids. When the water in our sweat evaporates, those solids are left behind and it’s those that contribute to the clogging of our pores.
As most teenagers would know, another major contributing factor for clogging pores relates to the natural oils produced by our bodies.
These oils, also called sebum, are naturally produced in our Sebaceous glands(don’t worry it won’t be on the test) and is used generally as a form of protection and a way of keeping our skin clean.
The problem is, some of us produce way too much of the stuff and as a result, it eventually starts to clog our pores.
Inevitably we’re going to eventually see some dirt appear in our pores. I know it’s gross. It’s also a major contributing factor to effecting the size of our skin pores, widening them over time. That, girls is certainly something we don’t want.
What Are Some Of The Effects Of Clogged Pores?
As we mentioned earlier, clogged pores usually result the majority of skin problems and we’re going to talk about some here. Some of them you will know and probably have experienced before and others possibly not:
I think we’ve all heard of this one before. It occurs when an excess of sebum(natural oil from our body remember?) clogs up our pores and invites infection from bacteria. It’s not the sebum itself that causes acne to occur, but the bacteria that finds its way into the top layer of skin. Popping pimples, although extremely fun sometimes, isn’t the answer and can lead to further infection.
Blackheads form when again an excess of oil clogs our pores. That oil then mixes with outside sources like dirt and dust to eventually show a blackened protrusion on our skin. Again removing the blackhead through squeezing only works to widen your pores and invite later infection.
Whiteheads are similar to blackheads, except for one major difference and that is that outside sources cannot penetrate inside, leaving them with a white coloration instead of black. What’s also interesting to note is that whiteheads normally form inside the smallest of skin pores. They can be squeezed and it feels good at the time, but that will eventually result again in further infection and widening of the pore itself.
How To Clear Clogged Pores
Alright so we’ve explained exactly what they are and what they can lead to. I’m also guessing that you’ve had one or more of the symptoms mentioned above. The question now is, how do we clear our pores and prevent these symptoms from occurring again in the future?
You Gotta Steam
This is a great little tip for removing any excess oil and dirt that are clogging up your pores. Find yourself a bucket and fill it with boiling water.
Next grab a towel and place it over the back of your head, leaning your face directly over the boiling bucket of water.
Be careful not to burn yourself and make sure the towel keeps all the steam in. Wait 2-3 minutes before removing the towel.
This process works by opening up your pores and allowing you to remove the oil and dirt that was previously trapped inside.
Once you have cleansed your face with any cleanser, wash it off with cold water.
The cold water will ultimately reseal your pores and reduce their chances of being clogged (at least for the short term)
The problem comes after the initial de-clogging process with the need for skin management. The question really then becomes, “how do you prevent your pores from being clogged again in the future?”.
I would however recommend a weekly steam to help give your skin an extra boost.
If you haven’t ever steamed your face before in the past, here’s a short video to show you how: