When you think of clogs, your mind may wander to drains and sinks but - while faulty plumbing may be alarming - we think there’s an even more distressing location for blockage: your pores. These tiny orifices on your skin can attract all types of debris, leading to clogged pores (Livestrong). If you’re ready to fight this common skin care issue and uncover a complexion that is truly clean, here’s an Eminence Organics guide to combat your congested pores.
What are clogged pores?
Clogged pores are small dots you see on your skin, which are actually the openings of hair follicles. When impurities settle on the skin, a nasty mixture of dead skin cells, pollution and oil can sink deep into these openings. Pores filled with debris lead to blackheads - blocked ducts that look dark on the surface. You can spot blackheads on the face (especially the nose), but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck and arms (Healthline).
Don't Use pore strips
When you suffer from clogged pores, it may be tempting to resort to options like pore strips, but many beauty experts don’t recommend these products for blackheads (Self). These sticky strips may irritate your skin, leading to inflammation, especially for sensitive or rosacea prone skin types. Although these strips may be removing some surface debris, they could also be worsening the problem by causing dirt and impurities to settle even deeper into the pores. Plus, the superficial action of pore strips removing skin cells means that perfectly healthy skin cells are ripped away along with dead skin cells.
How to unclog your pores
If pore strips aren’t the right choice for you, here are three Eminence Organics exfoliants we recommend using instead:
Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
A favorite of stars like actress Thandiwe Newton, our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant uses naturally occurring lactic and salicylic acids to deep clean your pores and remove dead skin cells. Chickpea flour and rice flour gently buff the surface of your complexion and absorb excess oil. An important step to revealing a bright and radiant looking complexion, it’s no wonder that the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant won Best “Farm To Table” Skin Care Product in the NewBeauty Beauty Choice Awards 2017.
Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant
When you’re getting ready for a professional blackhead extraction from an Eminence Organics authorized spa, our Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant is the exfoliant to turn to. Infused with stone crop, this powder to foam product is formulated for desincrustation, a treatment that softens sebum. Its light fizzing action softens the skin and prepares the complexion for a pore-clearing extraction.
For even more effectiveness, you can also blend Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant with our Citrus Exfoliating Wash for the ultimate deep clean.
Turmeric Energizing Treatment
If it’s a mask you’re looking for, try our pore-purging Turmeric Energizing Treatment. This treatment gently exfoliates to uncover soft, fresh looking skin. Paprika invigorates the look of the skin, leaving it soft and glowing, while turmeric visibly brightens the skin's appearance and reduces the look of puffiness.
Ready to unclog your pores and reveal your most radiant looking skin? Reach out to your favorite Eminence Organics authorized spa and find out more about our exfoliants. Where do you find the worst of your clogged pores and blackheads? Let us know your pore-cleaning complaints in the comments below or join the conversation on social media.
This article was originally written in October 2017.