Many of us have experienced skin troubles and are often left feeling frustrated when trying to rid ourselves of pesky clogged pores. We're used to standard cloggs, which can be recified with a simple exfoliation, but there are stubborn clogged pores that appear to sit under the skin that drive me insane.
First and foremost, look at your skincare regime. If you don't have one, you need one. How can you expect your skin to have your back if you don't look after it properly, right?
Clogged pores are often caused and relieved by something topical so read up on the products you're using. Topical products could include cleanser, toner, moisturiser, foundation (especially liquid), or even the washing detergent you use - anything that touches your skin.
Here is a list of skincare ingredients that may lead to clogged pores. It's unlikely you'll remember these so a good rule of thumb is to avoid anything with 'cone' at the end e.g. silicone along with the following.
Corn StarchFacial Oils - varies dramatically from one invididual to another
It's important to remember that not all of these ingredients are likely to be the culprit. Those used in larger doses (the ones at the beginning of the ingredient list) are more likely to cause clogged pores than those used in smaller doses (the ones at the end of the list) so it's a case of trial and error.
The next step is to ensure you remove all make-up before bed. I know its easy to forget to remove make-up or you're so tired you can't be bothered, but your skin needs that break to breathe.
Using oil-based cleansers can aid in the removal of clogged pores by ensuring waterproof make-up is removed properly. Some find using a facial oil instead of moisturisers eliminates clogged pores, whilst others find this causes clogs. Everyone is different so it's important to test these methods to find the right solution for you.
If all else fails, it might be worth trying retinoids. When spread on the skin, retinoids can unclog pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better. They also reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores and aid in making your skin look fuller and younger. Below are some of my recommended retinoid products.
Indeed Labs retinol reface - retinol skin resurfacer
Please note that the use of retinoids increases your skin's sentitivity to UV light, so make sure you use SPF protection. It's also worthwhile asking your pharmacist for any recommendations and consulting with your GP if you take any medication that might be affecting your skin.