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How Do You Unclog Pores?
Try DIY Facial Recipes!

Got Acne or skin problems?  How do you unclog pores and make them behave?  Can't seem to get rid of clogged pores on your face? This DIY facial recipes should aid the extraction of oil and dirt from your pores.

A Simple DIY Facial Can Help You Unclog Pores and Achieve Your Dream Complexion

By Valerie Koh

First, scrub face gently with an exfoliating facial wash, and then wash with warm water. Pat face dry. Boil a pot of water, or pour boiling water into a large bowl. Position your face above the pot/bowl and drape a towel over your head, exposing your face to the steam for 15 mins. Be careful not to get too close to the hot water as you may get scalded by the steam. Adjust your position if the heat gets uncomfortable.

how do you unclog pores imageAfter 15 mins, pat face dry and apply a clay mask to extract excess oils. After leaving the mask on for the required time, dip your face towel into the now warm water and use it to clean the mask off. Splash face with cold water and follow up with toner after cleansing to close up pores.

Steaming opens up your pores and helps to loosen the oils and dirt in pores so they will be easier to extract. However, always remember to close pores with cold water and toner so that dirt doesn't get in again. Do this facial about twice a week to maintain clear skin.

Be warned NOT to do this before a big event or date as sometimes sebum in a clogged pore is only brought to the surface and not extracted properly, resulting in a pimple appearing. The resulting pimple should be easy enough to get rid of using pimple medication or during the next steaming session.

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Clogged Pores - Extracting Impurities With Facial Steams

By Biljana Drake

Clogged pores are a result of the excessive oil production. Additional factors such as environment and dirt end up on the skin and clog the pores. Oil glands (also known as sebaceous glands) are beneficial to skin when they work properly. They secrete the oil that coats the hair shaft and protects it from getting dry and brittle.

The same oil that protects the hair, plays a major role in creating a layer on the surface of the skin that protects the skin from excessive loss of water, keeps it soft and pliable, and protects it from harmful bacteria.

Pores on the face need to be unclogged and cleansed regularly so that the pore does not go into an inflammation. There are pore cleansers available out there, but there is nothing like a simple facial steam that you can prepare, to clear pores and rejuvenate your face.

Pore cleansers open pores and extract all the impurities. By adding essential oils to water, you are not only getting the fragrance but the actual nutrients that come out of oils and penetrate the skin exuding their healing properties.

Depending on your skin type you need to use different essential oils.

For normal skin type use mandarin or lavender essential oil. Oily skin is a bit more tricky and requires oils that will not add more oil. For oily skin, lemon or eucalyptus oils are very suitable. Dry skin can be cleansed with a facial steam to which rose or chamomile essential oil is added.

Facial steams are similar to facial exfoliants in that they cleanse the skin but additionally, they open up the pores and make it possible for all the impurities to be extracted.

For soft, clean and healthy skin, start off with the simplest facial steam. An added benefit to this facial steam is that it clears sinuses and alleviates headaches.

Peppermint Rosemary Facial Steam


1 gallon of boiling water
4 drops of peppermint essential oil
4 drops of rosemary essential oil


Pour the boiling water in a large bowl and wait until it cools down a bit. Add the essential oils. Put face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Stay in that position for 10 minutes or so and then pat dry.

Peppermint is an emollient. It smoothes and soothes the skin. It is also a great antiseptic. Rosemary is a muscle relaxant.

Lavender Cleanser for Clogged Pores


1 gallon of almost boiling water
6 drops of lavender essential oil


To an almost boiling water, add lavender essential oil. Hold the face over the bowl with a towel covering the head. Stay like that for 10 minutes and then pat dry.

Lavender is a muscle relaxant, soothing agent, conditioner and astringent.

Tea Tree Oil Facial Steam

Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil into a gallon of hot, boiling water. That's it!

Tea tree oil is a potent antiseptic, it prevents and heals infections. This facial steam is ideal for oily, acne prone skin.

Pore cleansers will help the clogged pores open, but will leave them vulnerable to additional dirt getting in. To close them, you can go ahead an apply an astringent mask, an orange facial mask is what would be a good choice. Another option is the use of facial toners which close the pores and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

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