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Clogged Pores

Clogged pores, also known as comedones, can be a precursor to bigger skin problems, most notably acne. Comedones are simply hair follicle pores that are obstructed by dead skin cells and an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is a sticky, oily substance produced by sebaceous glands that line the hair follicle. It normally keeps skin moist and supple, but too much sebum can cause problems too.

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When the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, it blocks off the pore opening and dead skin cells and other debris accumulate causing a blockage. If the clogged pore becomes infected or inflamed, it can lead to the familiar papules and pustules we know of as acne. At other times, pores can be obstructed without becoming inflamed. In this case, they appear as blackheads or whiteheads on the surface of the skin. All occurrences are considered unsightly and unpleasant, which is why there’s so much focus on treating them.

What Causes Them?

Clogged pores are usually caused by the overproduction of sebum. Sebum has the useful purpose of providing the oils needed to keep skin well moisturized. But when sebum production goes into overdrive, it can cause comedones and, even worse, acne. Excess production of sebum is often triggered by hormonal changes. That’s why clogged pores and acne are so common in adolescents as their hormone levels fluctuate around puberty.

According to research, some people have larger sebaceous glands. This predisposes them to comedones and acne. People with clogged pores and acne usually also have a rapid build-up of skin cells around follicles that causes them to become blocked. In addition, there’s a genetic component to clogged pores and acne. It runs in families to some degree.

Treatment

Fortunately, there are ways to treat clogged pores and reduce blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Start by cleansing skin twice a day with a mild cleanser, but never use an abrasive cleanser or hot water. This can irritate skin and increase sebum production. Choose a cleanser which contains salicylic acid. This will allow for a deep cleanse without irritating the skin or stimulating excess oil production. The cleanser will help slough off surface skin cells that can clog pores. Salicyclic acid is a proven effective treatment for comedones.

Follow up by applying a mattifier to oily areas and areas with comedones. Choose one that contains salicyclic acid along with ingredients that ease irritation, clarify skin and reduce pore size. Your pores will look visibly smaller after using this type of product consistently.

Many cosmetic products contain ingredients that can clog pores and worsen comedones. Always look for skin care products and make-up that is marked “non-comedogenic” clearly on the label. There is a long list of cosmetic ingredients that can trigger comedones. Learn to recognize them when choosing products you apply to your skin.

In more severe cases, especially when acne is also a problem, comedones can be treated with prescription-strength topical retinoids such as Retin-A. Retinoids help to increase the rate that surface skin cells are shed, and it reduces their tendency to stick together. This diminishes pore obstruction. Unfortunately, many people cannot tolerate topical retinoids because of redness and skin irritation. That is why it is a good idea to try products containing salicyclic acid first. They may cause mild skin irritation but not to the same degree as retinoids.

If you have clogged pores and comedones, avoid wearing hats, scarves or helmets that touch your face, and don’t pick at your skin. This will only make the problem worse and can trigger acne outbreaks.

The Bottom Line?

Clogged pores are a common problem in adolescents, teens and adults. Fortunately, there are treatments such as salicyclic acid that can make comedones far less of a problem.

  

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Multi-benefit serum combats skin eruptions, unclogs and refines pores.
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Includes the Refreshing Gel Cleanser and two Sensitive Brush Heads.
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Rich in mud and energizing minerals found only in the Dead Sea.
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Powerful botanicals dissolve away oil and debris without over-drying.
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This foaming gel cleanser removes excess oils, unclogs pores and purifies the skin.
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Remove oil and build up with this gentle cleanser.
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A natural, nutrient-rich blend of Illite and Bentonite clays, fresh enzyme-full organic pumpkin puree, and active yogurt cultures
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Gel-cream mask helps unclog pores and reduce acne blemishes without over drying.
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Deep clean, detoxify and clear your complexion with this mask.
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Anti-acne technology for face and body.
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Improves your complexion with professional ingredients that will smooth, soften and renew your skin.
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Exfoliates surface dead skin cells and opens clogged pores.
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An exfoliating cream to remove impurities, dead cells and blackheads.
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$23.00
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A 3-in-1, no-rinse treatment that deeply cleanses as it gently exfoliates and conditions.
$39.00
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Clear the way for an easier shave by smoothing the surface of your skin.
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Reduces the severity of acne blemishes and allows the skin to heal.
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This rich scrub eliminates impurities, dead skin cells and excess oil
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This purifying, organic mask that deep-cleanses, moisturizes, softens and refines dull skin.
$38.00
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This revolutionary cleanser extracts and dissolves impurities, makeup, and dirt while keeping natural moisturizing oils intact.
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Cleanses, purifies and balances normal to combination skin.
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A multi-sensory cleansing experience, to achieve super amplified, deep cleansing, yet gentle results.
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A cleansing cream that exfoliates and removes impurities without stripping the skin.
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Reveals healthier, younger looking skin.
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Eliminates impurities, tightens pores and controls shine.
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Peel off mask draws out skin impurities and leaves pores visibly reduced.
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A deep cleaning clay mask suitable for normal to oily skin.
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Achieve a clearer, brighter and smoother complexion.
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