Although most times the root of the problem can be any number of things, clogged pores are bound to affect you no matter what. Whether it’s inflammation in the skin due to an excess of white blood cells, stress, or excess oil, clogged pores are inevitable. So, we’ve sought out some relief in the form of at home remedies, products, and tips so that your small problem of clogged pores doesn’t turn into a bigger problem (like acne).
1. Invest in a Clarisonic: The Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution from Clarisonic is targeted for skin with enlarged and clogged pores as the brush head is dual-direction for normal to oily skin. The cleanser included removes unwanted oil and impurities and the detoxifying mask exfoliates and lifts away dead skin while fine-tuning pores. Use the machine with the cleanser and the mask for detox right after and you’re well on your way to unclogged pores. (Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution, $169, Clarisonic.com)
2. Find a Mask with Active Charcoal Ingredients: A paraben-free option is always a plus. Origins’ Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask contains “activated charcoal” that is used to remove anything under or on top of the skin contributing to clogged pores. You can use this mask once every week or every day but either way you choose, your pores will be sure to thank you. (Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $23, Sephora.com)
3. Parsley and Thyme: As a natural astringent, parsley pulls toxins straight out of your skin and assists in removing anything causing grief and contributing to clogged pores. Immerse the parsley in a large bowl of boiling water and allow it to soak and cool. Once done, dip a wash cloth in the bowl and apply to your face. Oil be gone and pores be unclogged! Your other option is thyme. Use 3-4 tablespoons and 1.5 cups of hot water combined together and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Filter the mixture and use it as a cleanser whenever needed.