The Gel Cleanser You Need for Clogged Pores

May 16, 2016
Jessica Khorsandi
By: Jessica Khorsandi | by L'Oréal
The Gel Cleanser You Need for Clogged Pores

Dull complexion? Clogged pores. Blackheads? Clogged pores. Acne? Yup…you guessed it, clogged pores. When our pores become clogged with dirt, makeup, and excess oil any number of skin concerns can pop up. But thankfully, there are great products that can help you unclog pores—and keep them clear! In order to help remove impurities and gunk from your pores, it’s important to know what causes them to plug up in the first place.


Pores on the face produce sebum, a natural oil that helps keep the skin nourished. When pores produce too much oil, it can mix with environmental impurities, dead skin cells, and dirt already on your face and create a plug. These plugs—which can make pores appear larger—may become infected with bacteria and lead to the aforementioned breakouts. A great first step in getting clearer pores is washing your face daily with a gentle cleanser. This important skin care step can help your pores stay clean and free of unwanted buildup. But finding the right cleanser to use takes some trial and error, especially for acne-prone skin. The last thing you want to do is use a harsh cleanser that can cause more damage and irritation. That’s why we’ve helped narrow down your search with a gel cleanser that’s a great option for this skin type.


If your skin is oily or prone to breakouts, try SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel. The formula contains potent agents to help exfoliate skin and lift dirt from your skin—LHA, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. Haven’t heard about LHA? It’s time to get familiar! This ingredient—which gets its own shout out in the product name—is a beta lipohydroxy acid and derivative of salicylic acid, one of the most well-known acne-fighting ingredients, and can help decongest pores and control mild acne according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. LHA diminishes surface indicators of age such as discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles and helps smooth skin texture and brighten skin. Decongested pores and younger-looking skin? That pretty much puts simple soap and water to shame.

When you’re ready to decongest your pores, use this cleansing gel twice daily by gently massaging a small amount into a wet face and neck. Rinse thoroughly with water. Follow up the application with a non-comedogenic, oil-free face cream—bonus points if it has broad-spectrum SPF.

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