The phrase ‘Face the world’ is true in every sense of the word. Your face is literally battling and is exposed to tons of pollution, dirt, grime and sweat everyday. This results in several skin woes, such as acne, pimples and dull complexion, the culprit of most of which is clogged pores.
But what are pores, you may wonder?
A pore is a small opening in your skin. It is actually a duct in the skin that is attached to the sebaceous glands that produce sebum. When these pores accumulate oil, dirt and bacteria, they become clogged, resulting in the formation of blackheads, whiteheads and even acne. But no matter how hard you try, you can’t avoid getting those at some point in your life.
To keep your skin looking bright, glowing and smooth, you need to have an effective skin care in place that is well equipped to deal with the issue of clogged pores. To be honest, it's easier said than done, because keeping your pores squeaky clean can be quite a task. However, a few tips and tricks can help to deal with them a lot better.
So let’s get to them, shall we?
What causes Clogged Pores?
Our pores can become clogged for a number of reasons; it is important to understand these reasons so we can better deal with the icky and nasty bumps on our face.
Excess production of oil and sebum can cause the pores to be clogged resulting in inflammation and then acne. The excessive oil that can be produced by the skin can be because of hormonal changes and because of a diet which contains extremely oily food. Another reason for excessive oil production can also be because of using products that are not according to skin type, and are either too creamy or heavy for the skin.
The buildup of excess dead or dry skin also causes the pores to be clogged. Buildup occurs when there is a lack of exfoliation which causes the dead skin to keep piling up, eventually causing the pores to be blocked. Moreover, skipping moisturizer altogether causes layers of dry skin to build on the skin which blocks the pores. Laziness when it comes to removing makeup can also cause clogging of your pores.
But what can one do about this? And how does one go about unclogging pores? Keep scrolling to find out more because we’ve shortlisted some of the best tips to help you prevent them and keep them clean.
How to avoid clogged pores?
Cleanse and exfoliate
The key to healthy skin is consistency and this is also true when it comes to keeping your pores unclogged. Using a cleanser on a daily basis is a must to remove dirt, bacteria and dead skin in order to unclog your pores and prevent whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Do remember that the cleanser should be mild and should not excessively dry out your skin. Leovard’s Multicleanser is a suitable option because it contains papaya extract which helps to gently exfoliate dead skin helping you unclog your pores right away!
Don't skip your toner
One of the key steps on your daily skin-care regime should include using a toner to help maintain the pH balance of your skin which is essential to maintaining healthy skin free from clogged pores. But shouldn’t cleansing be enough? What good is a toner on an already washed face?
Well, the surprising fact that not many people are aware of is the fact that even after you wash your face, there is residual bacteria and dead skin which is removed when one uses a toner. Toners also help tighten pores which is essential when it comes to dealing with clogged pores. If your skin is on the drier side, make sure to use a toner which is alcohol - free.
Moisturize your Skin
Experts suggest that many people often skip the step of moisturizing because they think that their skin produces enough oil/sebum or the fact that they think that their skin doesn’t need the EXTRA moisture in summers. However, this is a misconception. Moisturizing is an essential step to prevent clogged pores because it helps one minimize the chances of dead skin build-up. Leovard’s Unisex Mutliceam is a good pick for the essential hydration that one needs on a daily basis because it is free from harsh chemicals and additives making it suitable for every skin-type.
Use Face Masks
When dealing with clogged pores, face masks work like magic! They help to draw out extra oils from the skin and suck away all the dirt and filth with them when they are removed. Masks also stimulate circulation and calm the skin. So whether it’s a clay mask, a charcoal mask or a home-made mask, don’t forget to use it at least once a week for healthy looking skin.
Get a facial
Sometimes the clogged pores become too stubborn and difficult to effectively clean at home. In such a case, getting a professional facial will help to extract all the accumulated gunk from the pores while also giving your face a much needed relaxing, soothing and cleansing treat.
While clogged pores are difficult to deal with, there’s nothing a few good products and an effective skin care routine can’t fix. Leovard’s skin care line consists of several organic products that not only help to deal with clogged pores, but also keep them from surfacing in the first place, allowing you to enjoy soft, smooth and youthful skin.