Clogged Pores

In this article, we will thoroughly dissect clogged pores. For many of us, this is a serious problem that leads to excessive acne, blackheads, whiteheads and all-around unattractive skin due to the nature of the situation.

If you suffer in silence with this problem, please be aware that there is help. We will tell you the reasons why you may be experiencing congested pores, and then we will fill you in on ways that you can go about unclogging them. If you implement the suggestions that we are about to share with you today, this problem will become a thing of the past. You’ll no longer need to spend as much time worrying about unsightly skin blemishes.

man with clogged pores
A close up photo of a male with clogged pores.

Do you often find yourself attempting to cover up unpleasant skin imperfections before going on a big date? Are you constantly trying to hide zits, blackheads or whiteheads? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this information is exactly what the dermatologist ordered!

What are the Main Causes of Clogged Pores?

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1. Dehydrated skin

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If your skin cells are not properly hydrated on a daily basis, they will have a difficult time functioning correctly. And when your skin cells are not functioning properly, you can guess that you will suffer from congested pores. When your skin becomes dehydrated, the pores will dry out and harden, and this can often lead to inflammation in the form of acne and other unwanted skin reactions.

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2. Improper cleansing

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By improperly cleansing your face, you will potentially leave yourself open to congested pores. If you do not regularly remove the dead skin cells and unwanted residues from your face on a daily basis, clogging will ensue and create unwanted blemishes on your face, neck and chest. Proper cleansing is essential to complete skin excellence and perfect skin cell health.

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3. Excessive production of oil

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As many of you may already know, excessive oil production is the main cause of skin blemishes including acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Once your pores are blocked, it makes it impossible for your skin cells to correctly release excessive oils. The clogs will block the pores even though the glands continue to produce oil, but they have no way to release it. This will lead to an infection. This infection is otherwise known as acne or blackheads. The only way to ensure that the oil is released without turning into acne is to make sure your skin cells are no longer congested.

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4. Excessive amounts of dead skin cell build up

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When dead skin cells build up and clog up your pores, it becomes impossible to avoid unwanted skin flaws. The dead skin cells need to be removed in order for the oil in your skin to release properly without turning into a blemish. The buildup of excessive dead skin cells will cause unwanted blemishes and skin problems if not taken care of on a daily basis.

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5. Working and playing in dirty environments

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This may seem obvious to many, but you’d be surprised how often people overlook this potential reason for clogging pores. When you work or play in a dirty environment, and then you get the dirt on your skin, it will seep into your pores. This can cause excessive and unwanted blocking, and it will ultimately lead to unwanted skin blemishes including acne and blackheads. Again, when the pores on your skin have no way to release the excessive oils, they turn into skin blemishes. That’s why deep facial cleansing is such a necessary process to keeping your pores clean.

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6. Genetic issues

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Unfortunately for some people, they suffer from faulty genetics that will lead to excessive amounts of oil. When this happens, it becomes very difficult for these individuals to go through life without unwanted skin flaws. The best thing to do in this case, when genetics are a factor, is to follow the solutions that we are going to share below and be meticulous about it so that you only suffer the minimal effects of clog pores.

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7. Heavy sweating

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Although there are many wonderful benefits to gain from exercising regularly, one major disadvantage to this healthy activity is excessive sweating. It’s unfortunately true, but when you sweat excessively – or not even necessarily excessively – you run the risk of clogging up your pores. And as we know, clogged pores lead to unwanted skin breakouts. After a workout, please make sure to freshen up and thoroughly wipe down your face and other areas of your body that might be susceptible to breakouts.

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8. Improper diet

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Diet also plays a role when you have congested pores. Pores often experience clogs when the sebaceous glands, also known as the glands that produce the oil on your skin, start to produce unusually high amounts of sebum (oil). When this oil has a hard time exiting through your skin’s pores, it will often lead to unwanted breakouts. Certain foods, according to recent studies, show that there is a link between nutrition and clogged pores. Researchers have determined that a rise in insulin levels, due to excessive intake of foods high in sugar, will increase testosterone which also increases the overproduction of oil. And once you have excessive amounts of oil and blocked pores, it ultimately turns into blemishes.

See also: How does my diet affect my skin?


9. Touching your face

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By touching your face too often, you put yourself in a position where you will unfortunately clog your skin cells with dirt. When your skin cells are clogged, unwanted skin conditions happened, as we know based on the info that we have shared throughout this article. Try your best to avoid touching your face, and especially avoid touching your face when your hands are dirty because you do not want to accidentally clog your pores.

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How to Get Rid of and Cure Clogged Pores

  1. Properly hydrating the skin – proper skin hydration is one of the keys to having the best looking skin possible. When your skin cells are moist and hydrated, they have the ability to function at their best. Otherwise your skin cells become dry, and this will lead to clogged pores, which you obviously want to avoid at all costs.
  2. Deep pore cleansing – when you take your skin seriously, you will begin to practice deep pore cleansing. Proper skin hydration is only one part of the process, and you need to regularly remove the residues from your skin on a deeper level in order to experience the maximum benefits. Use an alcohol free toner or skin conditioner with cotton balls, and gently scrub your skin to remove dirt, grease and grime. Keep wiping until your last cotton ball comes away clean.
  3. Proper skincare regimen – the best way to avoid congested pores is to create a proper skin care regimen. Once you have this skincare regimen in place, you will regularly take care of your skin and never have to worry about clogged pore issues any longer because you’ll be right on top of it.
  4. Following the ideal dietfollowing the right diet is essential to keeping your pores clean and clear. Based on studies, the best way to prevent blocked pores through diet is to eat low glycemic foods and avoid certain foods on the high glycemic index. The types of food that you should eat in plentiful amounts are whole grains, dark leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, beans and low G.I. fruit to name a few of your options. You should avoid all forms of junk food including potato chips, candy, refined grain cereals, corn muffins and other sweet foods.
  5. Using exfoliates – using exfoliates is another way to really get deep down into the pores to remove the clogs that are causing unsightly skin blemishes. By using exfoliates, you give yourself the best chance at avoiding unsightly and unwanted skin breakouts.  One natural way to exfoliate is to use coconut oil, which has numerous benefits.
  6. Detoxifying skin masks – if you pay close attention, detoxifying skin masks pretty much tell the whole story. You are going to detoxify your skin, unclog your pores, remove chemicals, dirt, grime and anything else that could potentially cause blockages, and keep them clean and clear so that skin blemishes become a thing of the past.
  7. Using products containing essential oils – essential oils are a fantastic way to free up and clear out congested pores. Why are essential oils so effective? Simply put, they help to balance the levels of inflammation, bacteria and oil production, all the while stimulating lymph in circulation.

Final Thoughts

Nobody wants to walk through life with clogged pores. Nobody wants to have zits, blackheads and whiteheads all over their face, neck and chest. After reading the information presented above, you now know why your pores clog, and you also know exactly what you need to do in order to prevent this from happening.

If you already have clogged pores, use some of the solutions that we have provided to rid yourself of this condition. At the end of the day, it’s up to you as to whether or not your pores stay clear. So put together a proper skin care regimen and take care of yourself.

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