Deep Clean: Our 12 Favorite Products to Help Unclog Pores
Dealing with clogged pores? The issue could reside in your skin care products. To keep congestion at bay and help unclog your pores, try a cleanser, mask or face scrub formulated to do just that. Ahead, we share 12 facial products that can help unclog pores.
Whether you have oily, congested, acne-prone skin or not, washing your face twice a day is a necessary step in your skin care routine. If you do, however, get greasy and shiny come lunchtime, you know better than anyone else how important (and truly refreshing) it is to wash your face morning and night. Why’s this? In the mornings, washing your face can help prep the skin before applying your makeup, and in the evenings, it helps to remove said makeup and any excess dirt and oils that may have built up on your skin’s surface throughout the day. Washing your face helps remove these unwanted impurities and help prevent bigger dilemmas like breakouts and uneven texture.
If you have oily skin, you’ll also know that sometimes, washing just isn’t enough to decongest your skin and unclog your pores. This can be especially true in the summer months when a buildup of sweat, sunscreen, and other environmental factors can all contribute to layers of impurities on our skin, and in turn, clogged pores. Ever wash your face and still feel a layer of grease, or see visible remnants of makeup on the skin? It’s not a great feeling, but rest assured that all it takes to eliminate this situation is to upgrade your cleanser. When your usual cleansing isn’t enough, it’s time to bring in the big guns. Ahead, we share 12 of our favorite products—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—to deep clean clogged pores.
VICHY NORMADERM GEL CLEANSER
If you have oily, combination, or acne-prone skin, this gel cleanser needs to be on your radar. The cleanser from Vichy—formulated with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and micro-exfoliating LHA—helps to purify the skin and leave its surface feeling soft and clean without dryness. The foaming gel helps to unclog pores, remove excess oil, and prevent new skin imperfections from popping up. The best part? You don’t need an international plane ticket to get your hands on this all-star French product— it’s available in drugstores across the nation!
Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser, $18 MSRP
GARNIER CLEAN+ SHINE CONTROL CLEANSING GEL
When it comes to cleansers, we love a product that can cleanse the skin and remove makeup at the same time, which is why the Shine Control Cleansing Gel from Garnier’s Clean+ line is one of our favorites. The cleanser—with charcoal—helps to draw out impurities from your skin’s surface like a magnet, dissolving dirt, excess oil, and makeup, leaving you with smaller-looking pores and radiant skin. What more could we want?
Garnier Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel, $7.99 MSRP
KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP PORE DAILY CLEANSER
If clogged pores weren’t enough, the buildup of impurities can often make them appear larger and more noticeable. If this sounds familiar, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a face wash you should have on hand. This non-stripping formula—with Amazonian White Clay and minerals—is specifically formulated for normal to oily skin types to purify and thoroughly cleanse the skin of surface debris and toxins, and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores for a healthy-looking complexion.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, $23.00 MSRP
KIEHL’S PINEAPPLE PAPAYA FACIAL SCRUB
Treat yourself to a facial scrub that’s enhanced with actual papaya and pineapple extract. Suitable for all skin types, this facial scrub utilizes finely ground scrub grains to help exfoliate the skin gently and naturally. The final result? Skin that’s refreshed, soft, and clean.
Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, $28 MSRP
KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK
Thought daily cleansers were your only option for unclogging pores? Think again. Kiehl’s also offers a cleansing mask that’s rich in minerals. The unique formula helps relieve the appearance of dull-looking skin by eliminating debris and dead skin cell accumulation. As a result, the skin is left feeling purified, with the appearance of pores minimized.
ACNEFREE DAILY SKIN THERAPY ACNE WASH
Did you know that some acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid for instance, can help exfoliate the skin, helping to free up debris trapped in the pores? One facial cleanser that does just that is the AcneFree Daily Skin Therapy Acne Wash. With 2% salicylic acid, this unique cleansing formula removes dirt and oil deep down to the pores and purifies the skin to help prevent breakouts and new acne from forming.
For best results, use this cleanser twice per day, but if excessive drying occurs, reduce use to once per day or every other day.
AcneFree Daily Skin Therapy Acne Wash, $5.94 MSRP
GARNIER SKINACTIVE CLEAN+ PORE PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CLAY CLEANSER/MASK
This oil-free cleanser, formulated with kaolin clay and charcoal, can be used either as a daily cleanser or a detox mask. Yay for multi-purpose products! When used as a daily cleanser, Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 removes surface impurities to leave the skin feeling fresher and thoroughly cleansed.
To use as a detox mask, spread a layer of this formula onto the skin, avoiding the eye area, and let dry for five minutes before rinsing. This method helps draws out impurities like a magnet to deeply cleanse the complexion and leave behind a glow.
CLARISONIC DEEP PORE BRUSH HEAD
Clogged pores are no match against this gentle yet effective cleansing brush head. The Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head is designed with dual-motion bristles that can help remove impurities from the skin’s surface. With continued use, you’ll experience skin that looks more radiant, with pores that are less visible. For best practices, use twice per day and change out the brush head every 3 months.
Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head, $27 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR CREAM CLEANSER
Prefer cream-to-foam formulas? La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Cream Cleanser might just be your perfect match. This deep cleansing foaming cream cleanses the skin thoroughly, while visibly minimizing the appearance of pores and removing excess oil. To use, gently lather the cream with lukewarm water between the palms and apply to your wet face, massaging in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with water without rubbing. For optimal results, cleanse in the morning and evening.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cream Cleanser, $22.99 MSRP
L’OREAL PARIS PURE-CLAY EXFOLIATE & REFINE CLEANSER
Powered by three pure clays, this clay-to-mousse cleanser removes everyday impurities, such as oil, dirt, and pollution without over-drying. After using the exfoliating facial cleanser, you’ll find that your skin feels smoother and looks healthier with a more refined texture. And as far as your pores go? You can expect them to look tightened after continuously using this product.
L’OREAL PARIS PURE-SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG
No need for harsh exfoliating to unclog your pores, try turning to this gel-like sugar scrub enhanced with real kiwi seeds to get the job done. The formula gently polishes away dirt, oil, and other impurities to reveal skin that looks healthier and glowing. After just one week? Expect your skin to feel baby-soft, smooth, and comforted.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog, $12.99 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS LHA CLEANSING GEL
Struggling with aging skin that’s prone to breakouts? Don’t fret, you’re not alone. Adult acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S. But the good news is there are plenty of topical solutions out there for you, including this decongesting cleanser from SkinCeuticals. The exfoliating formula— enhanced with lipohydroxy acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, glycerin, and sorbitol— helps remove pore-clogging excess oils and reduces blemishes without drying out the skin.
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel, $40 MSRP