By: Julienne P.
This the best routine for unclogging pores based on personal experience and getting all that dirt and gunk out of your skin. This is most suitable towards people who have normal to oily skin as this can dry out your skin. Also, I don’t recommend this routine for people who have sensitive skin.
Thoroughly Cleanse your Face
You need to get all that days dirt out of your pores; if you wear makeup you should ALWAYS cleanse your skin no matter what. A lot of gunk can enter our pores and clog our skin and we don’t want the unwanted debris on our face. Cleansing your face removes a build-up of bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt, pollutants, and viruses you gather up throughout the day.
Not washing your face can block follicles which can lead to trapping the sweat, sebum and dead skin cells. This gets inflamed and the result is acne. A cleanser I love and recommend to everyone is the Innisfree apple seed cleaning foam.
Use BHA or AHA
You might have heard of BHA’s and AHA’s at one point. They are chemical exfoliating products. Instead of using harsh physical scrubs, chemical exfoliants are more effective rather than scrubbing at your skin and further irritating it. Using physical scrubs are very harsh on the skin and even though they feel as if they’re doing something, they are not. Maybe the scrubbing sensation makes you feel as if you’re scrubbing away your acne but you’re not. Instead, use chemical exfoliants, they work deep under the skin instead of the surface and they encourage cell turnover which reduces acne. They are both good for loosening up the gunk in the skin but you have to wait at least 20-30 minutes for them do work their magic. The ones I recommend are from COSRX and they are budget friendly. They aren’t too expensive that they will break your bank account.
Use a Clay Mask
After the chemical exfoliant has sunken into the skin, wash it off and apply a clay mask.
Doing this will further draw out the impurities and bring them up to the surface. Since the BHA has loosened up the dirt, the clay mask will bring the debris up more easily and efficiently. For this job, I prefer using charcoal activated clay masks or volcanic pore masks. A clay mask that I recommend is the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. It is a Korean brand and it is very affordable meaning you won’t drain your wallet out of money. It exfoliates gently and makes your skin feel baby butt smooth after! Another mask I recommend is the Caudalie instant detox mask. It is one of my holy grails and the fun thing about these is that you can see the oil being drawn out of your pores. It is an expensive option but if you don’t mind the price range then you should go buy it.
Use a Blackhead Peel off Mask
After you wash off the last mask I highly recommend you use a peel off mask all over your face and no, I’m not talking about pore strips. I’m talking about the liquid black masks that you peel off. This will pull out the clogged pores and blackheads out entirely. You will see that the result you get is better than when you don’t use these preparation steps. There will be more blackheads pulled out; even from places, you didn’t know they were building up in!
Using two face masks in a row can seem really harsh for those whose skin is very sensitive so I don’t think you should follow this routine. For others, I do recommend only doing this once or twice a month so your skin does not get irritated. This routine is only when your skin feels really rough and it feels congested.
Simply follow these best routine for unclogging pores to have the clearer skin that you have always wanted.
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