7 Products to Detoxify and Minimize Clogged Pores
Among the most troublesome skin-care concerns out there, clogged pores clock in pretty high on the list. After all, our skin is constantly exposed to impurities — think: oil, dirt and discarded dead skin cells — that can easily clog pores and leave our complexion looking dull. As if that weren’t annoying enough, these blockages can lead to blackheads and breakouts if left unaddressed. To keep these unwanted skin concerns at bay, we like to take preventative measures by incorporating detoxifying skin-care products into our daily routines. Ahead, we rounded up a few of our editors’ favorite products to help decongest pores and remove unwanted buildup from the surface of your skin for a clearer complexion.
For an oily complexion, a mattifying toner can prove helpful in cutting down on shine and reducing the appearance of pores, especially in your T-zone. This toner feels lightweight but contains kaolin clay to absorb oil and balance skin.
Incorporating a clay mask into your skin-care routine is a simple way to help give your pores a deep clean once a week. One of our favorites is the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque because it combines a blend of natural earth clays with a hydroxy acid to help decongest pores and exfoliate the skin’s surface.
Deep cleansing and exfoliating are the keys to achieving smaller-looking, decongested pores. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask is rich in minerals and helps detoxify the skin by eliminating toxins from its surface. With regular use, you’ll see pores that appear smaller and clearer skin.
For a refreshing pore-tightener, try the Watermelon Glow Toner. This super lightweight formula contains 6% hyaluronic acid and pore-refining actives that deep cleans gently. It also contains cactus water that helps retain moisture and provide antioxidant protection.
While large pores don’t always mean you have acne-prone skin, the two tend to go hand in hand. This cleanser has a unique gel formula that can be used daily to clear pores. It boasts a combination of salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lipohydroxy acid to fight existing and new acne.
Sometimes, no matter how well you cleanse and detox your skin, enlarged pores are still visible. This serum helps target existing blackheads and prevents new ones from forming by increasing cellular turnover and as a result, minimizing the look of pores.
Formulated with active black charcoal and white charcoal powder, this wash-off treatment gently removes dirt from your pores without over drying the skin. The results are detoxified, refined pores that look less noticeable.