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Clogged pores can be a year-round struggle that never seem to stop. Unfortunately, just washing your face isn’t going to solve the problem. We’ve listed some tips to control clogged pores and blackheads.

What Causes Clogged Pores?

  • Natural oil secretions: Believe it or not, many of the supposed blackheads are your oil secretions mixed with normal skin germs.
  • Milia: Milia are normally white, but some rupture and create the appearance of blackheads
  • Traditional blackheads: Compacted dead skin cells forming a “hard plug.”

Methods for Unclogging Non-Blackhead Clogged Pores

1. Cleanse with a Clarisonic

Clinical results have shown increased product absorption and six times better removal of makeup, dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone.

2. Cleanse with Exfoliating Products

If you prefer not to use a physical exfoliator or a Clarisonic, cleansers with exfoliating ingredients are another option. Glycolic acid is a powerful exfoliating ingredient that removes or prevents clogged pores. It even brightens your skin and can fight wrinkles. We love Glyderm and Vivite Glycare Cleansing Gel.

Methods for Unclogging Blackheads

1. Use of Keratolytic products

Keratolytics break down keratin to soften the “plug” that stubbornly holds the debris and oil in a blackhead. Look for skin care products with the following ingredients:

  • Glycolic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Retinoids (tretinoin or Retin-A)

Keratolytic cleansers are the simplest treatment. Combining a keratolytic cleanser with a Clarisonic is even more effective. For stubborn clogged pores, leave-on keratolytic products may be necessary such as creams, lotions, and gels. After a month use, a leave-on keratolytic will soften the pore and allow the skin to naturally dissolve the plug. Light chemical peels containing these ingredients are another option to tackle stubborn blackheads. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Alison or Lindsey for a personalized treatment plan.

2. Medical Visit

For the toughest clogged pores, it might be necessary to discuss treatment options with Dr. Hooper or Dr. Jackson.  Extractions or prescription topical products may be necessary.

Clogged pores are unfortunately an ongoing process that require constant maintenance. The sooner you start treatment the better!


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