Let’s talk about clogged pores, a not-so-pleasant yet necessary-to-discuss topic that many of us have to deal with at one point or another. Your face goes through a lot on a daily basis, so it’s nice to give your skin a little TLC by clearing out your clogged pores as much as possible. Chances are you’ve heard by now how you shouldn’t roughly squeeze out your blackheads, and the main reason is because if it’s not done correctly, you could be doing much more harm than good ranging from irritation to scarring. So what exactly are you supposed to do? The following are some ways you can help clear out your clogged pores without the risky behavior of just roughly squeezing and hoping for the best.
Use A Mask
There are so many different types of masks on the market that you could use to help clear out your clogged pores. Many have found success using charcoal masks considering charcoal is said to draw out impurities to the surface of the skin and make them easier to remove.
Use A Facial Cleansing Brush
A facial cleansing brush could be advantageous for loosening up stuck gunk and may also help prevent future skin issues such as pimples and an uneven skin tone. Using them could even help products such as moisturizers and serums absorb more easily which means they have a chance to work better. However, you want to make sure not to use the cleansing brush too frequently, to only use it as directed, and you’ll also want to clean the brush properly. There are motorized and non-motorized facial cleansing brushes, so the choice is yours as to which you feel might be a better option.
Use A Scrub
Just like the aforementioned masks, there are also several scrubs on the market that are said to help unclog pores while also helping to make your pores appear smaller. However, note that you should never scrub your face too hard, and you also shouldn’t use a product that’s too harsh on your skin. You’ll also want to avoid over-exfoliating as it could cause damage. Should you decide to use an exfoliating scrub, consider looking into one that contains salicylic acid.
See A Dermatologist
Making an appointment with a dermatologist to have the blackheads extracted could be beneficial if they’re really bothering you. Additionally, the doctor could give you product recommendations as well as provide you with a skincare routine that can increase the chances of you having the skin results you desire. Additionally, since you’re there, the dermatologist could also check your face (and the rest of your body) for any suspicious looking moles. Basically, you could get a lot done in one single appointment.
Take note that there is a difference between sebaceous filaments and blackheads, and while there is no way to permanently remove the former (although you can minimize their appearance), the aforementioned could help you remove the latter. Knowing which one you’re dealing with could help you eliminate a lot of frustration and save you money if you keep trying different products and nothing seems to be working. Speak with your dermatologist who can provide you with details pertaining to your specific skin.