Daily living exposes us to many skin irritants and harsh chemicals. Exposure to environmental irritants is unavoidable. The skin has to deal with sun exposure, pollution, sweat, and to top it all pore clogging makeup. A pore is basically a duct in the skin. This duct is attached to the sebaceous glands that produce sebum. As compared to dry or normal skin, oily skin is more prone to a pore blockage, because of which bacteria tend to thrive in the duct. Bacteria presence ultimately leads to whiteheads and blackheads and even acne if allowed to thrive. This is bad news for oily skin, as pores get clogged more due to the tendency of the skin to secrete oil. Using pore cleansing gels like Medik8 can help leave the skin feeling and looking squeaky clean. A pore cleanse gel can work effectively to manage the main concerns of oily skin while providing anti-ageing benefits, with both AHA and BHA acids.
Besides off the shelf gels some a number of ingredients available in the house can clean the skin and unclog the pores. Try a parsley water rinse on a daily basis. Just soak washed parsley in a bowl of boiling water. Once the water cools just soak some cotton wool or a washcloth in the cooled water and apply it on the face for 10 to 15 minutes. Parsley is a natural astringent and draws out impurities and toxins from the pores. Lemon is another astringent that pulls out dirt and excess oil from the pores. It works great for oily skin.
Another way to unclog the pores is through steaming. Warm steam cleanses your pores by causing you to sweat, which opens the pores and helps push any dirt and debris out. Adding parsley or even some lemon rind uses the astringent quality of these ingredients in cleaning out the dirt.
Masks help clear out debris lying under the surface of the skin. When pores are clogged for too long, the skin starts to look dull and loose it’s natural lustre. Applying a deep cleansing mask restores the natural sheen to the skin as the dirt is pulled out with the help of the ingredients in the mask and the skin is moisturised and hydrated.