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Clogged pores are basically made of yuck. They can lead to acne, they restrict the natural flow of sebum (aka skin oil) on your face, and even if they don’t become full-fledged pimples or acne, they still don’t look too good on your face, and an abundance of them can lead to a rough, even bumpy, texture on the surface of your skin. Having lots of clogged pores can feel really icky too; because it impedes the ability of your skin to “breathe,” as it were, you might be surprised how much lighter and cleaner your face feels after de-clogging your pores. No, we don’t mean “feels” as in how it feels to the touch, but how your face itself feels as part of your body, your being.
So, clogged pores are the enemy, that much is clear, and was probably never really a question in the average persons’ mind (does anyone actually actively want clogged pores? Some people may be apathetic, or may be lazy, but just about nobody actually wants them). So what now? Many people who desperately want their pores cleared may not know how. Or they may have tried conventional methods to no avail. Ever-clogged pores are no fun, so let’s go over a concise and useful list of methods to be sure that gunk gets out and stays out of your precious pores.
An astringent is any chemical (remember that “chemical” is not actually a bad word; literally everything is made up of chemicals) substance that causes body tissues to contract. Astringents include witch hazel, alcohol, alum, acacia, sage, yarrow, hazel, parsley, vinegar, and even really cold water (like near-freezing). Which astringent to use, or which astringent-containing product to use depends on your preferences, how sensitive your skin is, etc, etc. If you’re not sure, witch hazel is a good bet, especially store-bought mixtures of witch hazel and alcohol, because it’s less harsh than pure rubbing alcohol, but it’s cheap and it gets the job done. Regardless of which one you go for, just soak a washcloth in the chosen substance and press it against your face for around 10 minutes, shorter for stronger astringents like alcohol or anything that contains alcohol. Listen to your skin, if it hurts or itches, stop right away. Do this once a week.
These have been around for ages, but they do work. They’re relatively affordable and you just follow the directions and place them on your face, press down and leave them on for however long the box says to, remove, and you’re done. Strips like these tend to contain selective bonding agents, which attach to the dirt buildup in your pores and pull them out when you take the strip off.
Baking Soda Scrub
Finally, here’s a really easy one you can likely do tonight without even going to a store. Just about every pantry has baking soda in it, right? This common and affordable household baking ingredient also makes a decent deep pore cleanser and gentle exfoliator. Just mix two teaspoons baking soda and one teaspoon water and mix until paste-like. Gently massage this paste into your face with circular motions, leave it on for five minutes, and rinse. Do this once a week.