Deep Clean: Our 13 Favorite Products to Detoxify Clogged Pores
Clogged pores are never fun — they can be difficult to manage and can lead to breakouts. If you’re looking for a few products to help beat pore congestion, you’ve come to the right place! We’re sharing a few of our favorite products to help detoxify clogged pores, ahead.
Lots of people are jumping on the detox bandwagon these days. But what about a detox for your pores? After all, our skin is constantly exposed to impurities — think: oil, dirt, and dead skin cells — that can easily clog pores and leave our complexions looking dull. Another consequence of clogged pores? Blackheads, breakouts, and blemishes — three things that nobody wants. To keep these unwanted skin concerns at bay, we like to take preventative measures by incorporating detoxifying skin care products into our daily skin-care routines.
Here at Skincare.com, we always want skin our skin to look healthy and radiant—let’s be real, who doesn’t—so we’ve rounded up a number of our favorite products that can help do just that. Read on for 13 all-star products that can help decongest pores and remove unwanted buildup from the surface of your skin.
VICHY NORMADERM GEL CLEANSER
Suitable for acne-prone skin, this unique gel formula can be used as a daily facial cleanser to deeply cleanse the pores so skin feels clear all day. It boasts a unique combination of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, LHA, and a soothing agent in an ultra foaming gel.
Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser, $20 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS CLARIFYING CLAY MASQUE
Incorporating a mask into your skin care routine is a simple way to help deep-clean your pores. One of our favorite masks to reach for on a weekly basis is SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque. This mask formula combines natural earth clays with a hydroxyl acid blend to help decongest pores, lift impurities and oils, and exfoliate the skin’s surface. For the best results, smooth a thin layer of this mask onto the face, neck, and chest for 10-15 minutes once per week.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, $51 MSRP
GARNIER CLEAN+ PORE PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CLAY CLEANSER/MASK
Behold: The two-in-one product your oily skin needs. This formula—with kaolin clay and charcoal—works as a daily cleanser to remove surface impurities and as a detox mask to draw out deep impurities.
L’OREAL PARIS PURE-CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN MASK
Environmental aggressors can take serious toll on the appearance of our skin, leaving it dull and tired-looking from impurities and debris. Give your face wash a boost by incorporating a detoxifying face mask into your routine, like L’Oreal Paris’ Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask. Formulated with kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava clays—and enhanced with charcoal—this mask helps draw out built-up impurities, dirt, and pollution. Immediately after use, the skin appears brighter with a healthy glow, skin tone appears more even, and the skin looks smoother. Another plus? You can find L’Oreal Paris’ Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask—and the three other Pure-Clay masks from the collection—at your local drugstore.
L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask, $12.99 MSRP
KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP PORE DAILY CLEANSER
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, an exfoliating and detoxifying cleansing formula, helps gently remove surface debris, toxins, and oils which can enlarge the appearance of pores. The formula is rich in minerals and helps detoxify by eliminating surface toxins from the skin. Using a generous amount, massage the product over the face and neck with an upward and outward motion morning and night for fresh, healthy-looking skin.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, $22.50 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS LHA CLEANSING GEL
Got oily skin that just won’t let up? Skin that’s real prone to breakouts? Then the SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel is for you! This cleansing gel utilizes the power of exfoliating LHA, also known as Lipo Hydroxy Acid. A derivative of salicylic acid, LHA is an ingredient used in some of the gentler pore-unclogging products.
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel, $40 MSRP
ACNEFREE WITCH HAZEL MATTIFYING TONER
Witch hazel is something you’ve probably seen in your mother’s beauty cabinet. It’s a staple ingredient in a handful of products based on its natural ability to act as an astringent that lifts excess dirt, oil and shine off the skin’s surface. This toner, formulated with exfoliating glycolic acid, witch hazel and soothing aloe vera, can help remove excess oil and dirt, and reduce shine while refreshing the skin and rebalancing its pH levels.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP STRIPPED OFF MICELLAR WATER
You can trust NYX Professional Makeup’s Micellar Water to pick up impurities and lift makeup from the skin. In their own words: “Buh-bye to rinsing and scrubbing, and hello to a soft, fresh-feeling face!”
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR TOWELETTES
If you prefer to cleanse your skin with a wipe, look to La Roche-Posay Effaclar Towelettes. They not only help to speed up the makeup removal process exponentially, but they’re totally portable. With La Roche-Posay Effaclar Towelettes, you can give your face (or even neck, should you please) a nice swipe-on-the-go in order to remove oil and other pore-clogging impurities. No rinsing required!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Towelettes, $9.99 MSRP
CERAVE HYDRATING FACIAL CLEANSER
CeraVe has been a household brand for quite some time now. It’s a favorite in simple skin care, sitting snuggly on drugstore shelves around the country. Be sure to pick up the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser next time you’re there, a cleanser made for normal to dry skin that uses ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid to give skin an added level of moisture while removing any external impurities.
CLARISONIC PORE & BLEMISH GEL CLEANSER
You may be familiar with Clarisonic for their extraordinary skin care tools, but were you also aware they make skin products as well? The Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser is one such product, one which uses salicylic acid to help address and prevent breakouts.
LANCÔME BI FACIL FACE
The Lancôme Bi Facil Face helps to dissolve even the most stubborn of makeup. The formula helps to cleanse the face and leave it feeling fresh without any sort of greasy after-trace. Just shake it gently, put it on a cotton pad or the like, and wipe the cotton pad across your face to get all squeaky clean.
CAROL’S DAUGHTER ALMOND COOKIE OATMEAL BAR SOAP
Carol’s Daughter is a grassroots brand that was started in Brooklyn. Their Almond Cookie Oatmeal Bar Soap contains just what the package says—almond oil and oatmeal—as well as other ingredients and can gently exfoliate the skin while helping to keep it soft.