Pores are a pain point for a lot of individuals who take their skincare seriously. After all, when you’re getting up close and personal with the skin on your face, your pores will probably be the first thing that standout, especially if you’re new to taking care of them.
But before embarking on your pore cleaning quest, it’s important that we first understand what pores are and the role they play in our skin’s complexion.
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about pores, including why keeping them clean is so important to looking your best, as well as explaining how to clear the pores on your face using Vanity Planet’s line of skincare tools and products.
What are Pores?
In short, pores are hair follicles that produce not only hair, but also sweat and oil (sebum).
And while most of us despise pores, especially when they’re visible on our face, pores are incredibly important to not just the complexion of our skin, but also to our overall health as well.
For example, did you know that it’s our skin’s natural oils that help waterproof our bodies? That’s right! Without sebum, our skin would not be able to prevent water from penetrating through it in either direction, so even though sebum and our pores may seem gross, they serve a really important purpose!
Why Cleaning Your Pores is Important
The best treatment for clogged pores is to prevent the buildup of oils and other impurities like dead skin cells.
When your face becomes littered with excess oils, dirt, and dead skin cells, your pores can become clogged, which leads to all sorts of unwanted skin blemishes like blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.
Given enough time, a clogged pore will also increase in size, which is why it’s critically important to maintain a daily cleansing routine.
Please note that while cleaning your pores will help reduce their overall appearance and size, genetics also plays an important role here.
Truth be told, some individuals will simply have larger pores than others, and besides keeping them clean and free of debris, there’s only so much that can be done without resorting to expensive and sometimes harmful procedures like laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
Additionally, age also plays an important role in the size and appearance of pores because as our skin ages, it loses some of its elastic properties, causing pores to appear even larger than they did before.
Reducing the Appearance of Pores
Although cleaning your face is important, it’s also important to not overdo it.
While washing will remove dirt and oil, every action usually has an opposite and equal reaction (thanks Newton!), so in response to excessive washing, your skin may produce even more sebum to compensate for the oil you just removed, leading to increased breakouts.
To prevent excessive washing, we recommend using your favorite cleanser no more than twice a day.
Additionally, it’s important to take precautions against skin damage caused by overexposure to the Sun, as this can also dry out your skin and lead to excessive oil production—so make sure to always wear your sunblock.
And for the full details on how to clean deep clean your pores, please check out the rest of our guide below!
How to Deep Clean Your Pores
Step 1: Wash Your Face with An Exfoliating Scrub
One of the best ways to clean your pores is to first use a daily cleanser.
Using a daily cleanser will help remove dirt and dead skin cells from your pores and prevent blackheads, pimples, and other skin blemishes from forming.
It is important to use a cleanser that is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that help promote a balanced and healthy complexion while botanical extras help soothe and combat aging.
To get the most out of a daily cleanser, it’s important to use it on a regular basis. Remember, no beauty or skincare routine will be effective unless you stick with it!
We recommend using your cleanser twice a day: in the morning before you put on your makeup, and at night before going to bed.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Although daily cleansers are great at removing dirt and other gunk that’s built up on your face, nothing quite compares to a full-on, exfoliation therapy session!
There are a variety of exfoliation tools that are perfect for not only removing dead skin cells and other impurities, but also for improving skin circulation and blood flow as well.
Take, for instance, a personal microdermabrasion wand that’s perfect for unclogging and cleaning pores.
It can also provide an at-home microdermabrasion treatment that would normally cost hundreds of dollars at a nearby spa, making it one of the best exfoliators for clogged pores.
Additionally, at-home microdermabrasion also comes with built-in suction, which removes dead skin cells as they’re exfoliated from your face. This suction also helps saturate the cells with oxygen and other nutrients, improving both the rate at which the skin can heal and its production of elastin.
For a more traditional exfoliation experience, you can use a facial cleansing brush.
Brushes work their best when replaced every 2-3 months, so be sure to replace them when the time comes.
Finally, microdermabrasion and exfoliation help improve the effectiveness of your favorite masks, serums, and moisturizers.
It’s simple: by removing all the dead skin cells and impurities that would otherwise stand in the way of your favorite skin products, those products will work better as a result of faster, more complete absorption and thus more immediate and longer-lasting effects.
Step 3: Moisturize
After exfoliating, the next step is to moisturize!
Our skin needs a nurturing environment to help it look its best, and moisturizing provides the perfect final touch!
After exfoliating, follow the directions on your favorite moisturizer. Some should be applied by themselves, while others can be mixed with other
And while creams and cleansers can be used by themselves, for the best results, we recommend combining exfoliating and moisturizing, as this is the surefire way to keep your pores nice and clean!