Clogged pores are a very common (and very annoying) skin problem. But do not worry ! We have extract all the answers to your pore problems.
Here’s a deep dive into the causes, symptoms, and treatments for congested skin. Plus, how to pore-perfect your skin care regimen 😉.
According to graduate esthetician Maria Florio, the main cause of skin congestion is a poor cleansing and exfoliation routine. Other factors may include:
Congested skin can vary from person to person.
“Most people who suffer from congestion will notice it on their face in the T-zone, which is the middle of the forehead, nose, inner cheek area and chin,” says Florio.
But, you may notice that it appears on other areas of your body such as the buttocks, chest, or back (yes, the dreaded bacne).
Here’s what congested skin might look like:
- White dots. These pus-filled spots have a white center and a reddish edge.
- Black dots. This is when dead skin cells and oils get trapped in your pores. Dirt takes on a dark color when exposed to air.
- Buttons. It’s those obnoxious inflamed bumps that occur when dead skin cells, oil, or bacteria get trapped in your pores.
- Texture. Congested skin may appear rough, bumpy, or dull.
Ready to ship your clogged pore packaging? Here’s how to give your skin the glow it deserves.
Check your products
Revamping your skin care routine might help clear things up if your products are to blame. The most important thing is to stick to non-comedogenic products that won’t stuff your skin.
Take a look at the product label for pore-friendly terms like non-comedogenic, oil-free, or “won’t clog pores.” You should also try to suit your unique skin type (eg, normal, oily, dry, or combination).
Start to exfoliate
Exfoliation can help improve the texture of your skin by removing dead skin cells. FYI: Exfoliators have come a long ever since you scratch your skin with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Nowadays, a lot of people live for chemical exfoliators.
“Look for ingredients in the product that contain BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), salicylic acid, and glycolic acids,” says Florio.
You can find these ingredients in many OTC products (often in lower concentrations). But you should see a licensed skin care professional like an esthetician or dermatologist if you need medical grade concentration.
Try prescription skin care
Some types of congested skin are stubborn AF. If a refined skin care routine isn’t enough, a dermis can pair you with another treatment tailored to your unique needs. They can prescribe:
Sometimes a simple life change can make a big difference if the problem isn’t limited to your skin care routine. Here is the DL.
Change your diet
Food-related flare-ups are quite common. Usual suspects include dairy, sugar, and Chocolate. During this time, studies show that foods high in protein and low glycemic index (GL) can actually improve acne symptoms.
Here are some great choices:
Wash after a workout
Solid sweat can lead to a greater buildup of dirt, oil, and bacteria on your skin. Make sure to start your workout with a cleansed face and use a non-comedogenic face or body wash when you shower.
Friction of the skin can lead to a condition called mechanical acne. Make sure you wear breathable clothing that matches your shape. (This also applies to face masks!)
Watch out for sneaky bacteria
Who hasn’t scrolled through their Insta feed on the toilet. But do you actually disinfect your telephone set poo?
That said, it’s no surprise studies show cell phones can carry strains of bacteria that can lead to rashes. So do your skin a favor and sanitize your phone before putting it near your face.
PS You should also wash your pillow cases and reusable masks on the reg.
We know the temptation is REAL to extract this gunk yourself, but you should never Dr. Pimple Popper yourself.
“In the event of a rash or congestion, I would always recommend seeing a professional to perform the appropriate extractions,” says Florio.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Note that picking, scratching or rubbing your congested skin can lead to even more irritation.
Here’s what your skincare pro might suggest.
A licensed esthetician or dermatologist can use a chemical peel to even out rough, clogged, or dull skin. Remember that only a doctor (such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon) can perform a deep chemical peel.
Your esthetician or dermatologist will use special tools designed to safely extract the gunk stuck in your skin. PSA: DO NOT do this at home.
It is a type of physical exfoliation. Your dermis will use a vacuum-like device with a crystal or diamond tip head. It sucks up excess debris to give you a smoother, fresher face.
HydraFacials is a three for one. They cleanse, exfoliate and infuse serums into your skin in one sitting.
Pro tip: This treatment can be a bit expensive. Def shop in your area before pulling the trigger on the first vendor you see.
Congested skin occurs when dead skin, oils, dirt, and other impurities clog your pores. The most common cause is a poor skin care routine. But it can also be the result of an underlying condition such as hormonal fluctuations or overactive sebaceous glands.
You might see great results if you follow a solid skin care regimen at home. But if that doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to speak with a licensed esthetician or dermatologist. They can help you come up with a great game plan to get your skin back on track.