Declogging pores can be challenging. If you suffer from dry, oily skin, stubborn blackheads and whiteheads must be your arch nemesis.
They’re a form of acne that comes from excess dirt and sebum trapped and clogged inside the pores. They make the surface of the skin sticky, rough, and icky to the touch.
They’re like strawberry seeds lodged into your pores!
I’m sure you’ve tried to squeeze them out and ended up with swollen, scarred skin. An expensive trip to the dermatologist may temporarily get rid of them, but they always come back.
What we need is a sustainable home remedy that works.
Effective ways to declog pores at home
I presonally follow these steps. The method I’m about to share takes less than 30 minutes. Plus, it doesn’t involve expensive products!
Step 1: Steam your face
To avoid swollen, red skin, open your pores up before touching your face.
Take a basin with hot water and hover your face above it. Make sure you’re not too close to the water as it might hurt! Find a comfortable distance where you can feel the warmth on your face. Do this for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Wash with an exfoliant
After the steam, your face will be extra moist. You will also feel some rough the texture, depending on how much oil got clogged inside your pores.
Take your favorite exfoliant (a facial wash with microbeads) and wash your face. Focus on your nose, cheeks, and chin. I personally use Human Heart Nature’s Purifying Facial Scrub. I love the fruity smell, plus the beads work perfect!
Step 3: Rinse with a warm washcloth
The next step is to take a washcloth (or any face towel) and soak it into the hot water that you used for steaming.
With gentle pressure, wipe off the foam using the hot towel. Press the washcloth onto your face for 3-5 seconds to feel the soothing warmth. This step further opens up the pores and washes off the dirt from the surface.
Once done, pat your face dry using another towel.
Step 4: Rub your face with aloe vera gel
This step is where all the magic happens! Take a small amount of aloe vera gel and rub it all over your face. This is the ultimate ingredient for a painless, prickless facial.
As your skin absorbs the gel, it becomes a little sticky to the touch. Keep rubbing until your face is semi-dry. You will notice flakes of whiteheads, blackheads, and dead skin rolling into your fingertips and palms.
Bam! There goes all the dirt and oil that you need to squeeze out!
Be gentle but firm. Avoid rubbing the same spot over and over as it may cause some redness or scarring.
Step 5: Finish off with a toner
Take a cotton ball and wipe everything off using your favorite toner.
I use Human Heart Nature’s balancing face toner. Besides being gentle for sensitive skin, it helps a lot for oil control.
That’s it, you’re done! Enjoy your clean face. A mask is optional at this point.
What facial products should I use to remove whiteheads in pores?
The products I mentioned above are not sponsored and I recommend that you use what works for you.
Generally, you need only three products: a facial scrub, aloe vera gel, and a toner.
Use products that you trust and what works best with your skin. I recommend that you use organic products as much as possible.
What are some extra tips for keeping my pores clear?
- Avoid the use of harmful products. I almost never wear make up, except for eyebrows and a lip balm. I also trust organic brands and try to use raw items (like honey for a face mask or apple cider vinegar as a toner) in my skin care rituals.
- Drink lotsot of water. Keep your body hydrated! Lots of liquids help with detoxification and clearing the skin.
- Take Vitamin E. So far, this is the only supplement that I use which helps me achieve glowing skin.
- Stay away from pollution, smoke, and dirt. If you don’t have the luxury of staying indoors all day, make sure you clean your face with gentle soap and water. Do this before sleeping and after waking up!
Mia’s Word on Flawless Skin
Look into the mirror and smile! Every human being has flaws. The concept of a perfect, flawless skin might only be achieved in Photoshop. But you can do your best to look clean and presentable!
Don’t freak out if you still see some bumps or a few whiteheads here and there. People won’t usually look 3-5 inches away from your face.
The minor flaws that you see in the mirror might only be visible to you.
As long as you take proper care of yourself and clean your face by following the steps above, I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous.
You can rest assured that declogging your pores will result in 100% cleaner, smoother face. It might be all you’ll ever need.