These Pore-Unclogging Treatments Are Like Vacuum Cleaners for Your Face

FYI, your skin is constantly battling sweat, pollution and pore-clogging makeup. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, keeping your pores spick and span is especially hard work. After all, there are so many things trying to congest your pores on a daily basis, including certain skincare ingredients and your body’s natural oil production.

See, a pore is “a duct in the skin that is attached to the sebaceous glands that produce sebum,” explains esthetician Renée Rouleau. Oily skin types (which create more sebum) are more prone to experience blockages in their pores, which, in the first instance can lead to blackheads, as the blogged sebum and skin cells oxidise and turn black. As blocked bacteria is allowed to thrive, congestion can also lead to whiteheads and papules. Ick.

The goal, of course, is to clear your pores, allowing oxygen to flow freely through them so that bacteria can’t cause problems. But it’s easier said than done. Lucky for you, we are in the business of helping you solve your skin woes and have put together a list of easy, effective ways to keep your pores in tip-top shape.