Take note of these preventive measures and you have won half your battle to a clear complexion.
Dirt, grime, and pollution that we encounter on a daily basis can cause skin pores to clog. If left untreated, these develop into blackheads, whiteheads, and acne and can also result in stubborn scars that are hard to get rid of.
However, a few simple methods can help prevent pores from clogging and clear already clogged pores. Here’s a handy guide:
1. Limit the number of times you wash your face
Experts say that excessive washing of the face can be the opposite of helpful by irritating the skin and causing pores to clog. Try not washing your face more than twice a day – once in the morning and at night.
2. Remove all traces of makeup before bed
Residual makeup settles into the pores of the skin overnight. Before tucking yourself in, make sure you get rid of all the leftover makeup using a good quality makeup remover. Follow this up with a light night cream to wake up to clean, supple skin.
3. Steer clear of oil
If you have oily hair, keep it off your face and wash daily. If you’re eating greasy food, thoroughly wipe your mouth and hands so as to prevent any residual oil from staying on the skin and clogging the pores.
4. Rule of thumb – Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize
Use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to get rid of surface dirt and grime. Then, splash your face with cold water and apply some toner using cotton pads to get rid of oils and clear pores. Rose water is an inexpensive and easily available toner that works wonders. Follow it up with moisturizer and you’re on your way to healthy skin.
5. Add scrub to the mix
Twice a week, use a mild scrub to get rid of dead skin and unclog pores. Scrubs that are specifically designed to directly address the problem of clogged pores and blackheads are available in the market.
6. Steam to the rescue
Steam is an excellent home remedy to open up the pores and get rid of the clogged dirt. Simply heat water in a pot covered with a lid, once the water starts to produce steam, take it off the stove and place it onto the bathroom counter. Cover your head with a large towel. Uncover the pot and making a tent using a towel, lean over it to direct the steam towards your face and neck for about 10 minutes. You may also add green tea or chamomile tea to the water to nurse the face. If your skin is acne prone, add some tea tree oil to help treat it.
7. Quick home remedies
If despite the preventive measures, you feel you’re dealing with clogged pores, here are some quick and easy home remedies to clear them.
a. Add the juice of half a lemon and some water to two tablespoons of powdered sugar and make a thick paste. Gently rub this mixture over your face in circular motions. This acts as a natural scrub and will help do away with clogged dirt and debris. Rinse your face with cool water and follow it up with a moisturizer.
b. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on affected skin and rub it for 5 to 10 minutes. The citric acid present helps exfoliate the skin and clean out dirt and oil. Then wash the face with warm water, pat it dry and moisturizer. Do this every other day for best results.
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