If you are one of those people who love to squeeze the clogged pores of another person, or, let's be realistic, (which by the way, you shouldn't do, but more about that later), then get ready to get excited, because today, we will talk about pore blockage, that is, what causes clogged pores, how to get rid of clogged pores, what even are clogged pores, etc. But because the online information surrounding congested skin is a bit, um, congested In itself, I turned to board certified dermatologists Shereene Idriss, M.D., and Joshua Zeicher, M.D., to help clarify some things for both your skin and your brain.
What are clogged pores?
Right after the word "wet" in the list of cringey words that will not be pronounced lies the word tallow, so forgive me in advance. As a review, Sebum is the oily liquid made from our sebaceous glands. The purpose of sebum is to keep the skin lubricated, but when mixed with the wrong material (dead skin, bacteria, environmental debris), it ends up clogging the pores.
How do you know if you have clogged pores?
When your pores are clogged, they may appear larger and perhaps even darker, or as Idriss describes, they can create the appearance of black dots in their expensive. If now you are confused as hell because thought you had clogged the pores but now you don't know the difference between that and the blackheads, you're not alone.
Zeichner says that even dermatologists disagree on the distinction between many similar terms that are often used interchangeably. But don't stress. If your pores are full of sebum plugs (sebaceous filaments), or a combination of sebum, dirt and dead skin (clogged pores and congestion), or a rusty pore plug (a pimple), the difference in terminology is not so important, because they are all treated similarly. Which brings us to what you really came here …
What removes clogged pores?
What are you currently I wonder if you can squeeze the sebum to get rid of clogged pores, but you already know the answer (you can't). "If you constantly squeeze the pores, the wear of the juicers will eventually cause your pores to enlarge over time, so I generally do not recommend this method," says Idriss.
So, if you can't squeeze your pores, how are you supposed to get the shit out of them? Through the exfoliation. But not rough scrubs, plump, burns but they feel good. No, both of them Derms recommends chemical Exfoliants, such as salicylic acid, to dissolve excess fat and dead skin cells. that block the pores "I don't love physical scrubs," says Dr. Idriss; "They are not specific to the problem of clogged pores and can cause increased wear."
4 products that will unclog your pores
Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
The ordinary 2% salicylic acid mask
Umbria fresh clay pore purifying facial mask
Paula & # 39; s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Scrub
Another favorite of Idriss and Zeichner to increase cell turnover and clean clogged pores? Retinoids either one prescribed by a doctor or one from the pharmacy. "Over-the-counter retinoids such as adapalane help calm inflammation in the skin and prevent cells from sticking and blocking the follicles," says Zeichner. "Think of them as pipe cleaners to keep pores open." And while buying those products, go ahead and add a clay or charcoal mask to your cart, which Zeichner says can also help absorb excess oil.
How are clogged pores formed in the nose and chin?
Remember: clogged pores are caused by mixing oil with dead skin and debris. As Idriss explains, "with the increase in oil production, there tends to be more dirt." Because your nose and chin are some of the fattest areas of your face, you are more likely to find clogged pores in these two places.
Can you really unclog pores?
The answer to this is cloudy at best. While it is possible to remove a large amount of accumulation in the pores, you may not be able to eliminate everything. "I think there will always be a certain amount of & # 39; clogging & # 39; in the pores, but it can clear or limit the appearance of the pores with a solid skincare routine," says Idriss. And Zeichner adds that Any unblocking that, unfortunately, will not last long. "Our body continuously produces more oil, so removing blockages only produces a temporary effect. The pores usually refill in a few days."
That said, if you follow a gentle exfoliating skin care routine, avoid the ingredients that clog pores (such as too thick creams and coconut oil), and keep your fingers out of your face, you will likely see an improvement . in the appearance of your clogged pores in a few weeks.
Brooke Shunatona Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer from Cosmopolitan.com.