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How to Open Your Pores Safely: Step-by-Step Guide
One of the most crucial steps of preventing acne is regularly opening your pores. Yet, there are many misconceptions and myths on how to open pores safely.
This step-by-step guide will give you the most effective way to open your pores, and dermatologist-recommended tips on keeping your skin healthy and glowing.
It’s time to bust open some pore myths!
What Are Pores and Why Should We Open Them?
Pores are small openings on your skin that allow oil and sweat to exit your body. They’re also connected to your hair follicles.
Clogged and infected pores are the reason you have pimples and acne. Pores get clogged when dirt, sebum, and dead skin cells accumulate over them.
When oil can’t escape your skin barrier naturally, it builds up. That area becomes more prone to bacterial infection in some cases. As a result, acne occurs.
And that takes more than just unclogging pores to treat…
How Do You Open Clogged Pores
Step 1: Wash Your Face
One of the most effective ways to open your pores is to wash your face with lukewarm water and a cleanser.
This can remove the majority of the dirt, sebum, dead skin cells, makeup, and heavy creams that clog pores.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is a crucial step in a skincare routine, however, it should never be overdone. For one, you should only do it once or twice a week. Your skin needs time to heal between exfoliation.
And you should never scrub hard or use harsh scrubbers…
Avoid any skin care product with nuts and seeds as exfoliants. These products only harm your skin and cause scarring.
Step 3: Steam
Once you cleanse and exfoliate your skin, an effective way to truly open your pores is to steam your face.
You can do this in two ways:
- Apply a hot towel to your face: Soak a towel in warm water, and then apply it to your face. Be careful not to put the towel in boiling water. And feel free to add a drop of essential oil or parsley to the water.
- Use a face steamer: You can get a piece of equipment specifically designed to steam your face. Alternatively, you can also hold your face above a bowl of steaming water. However, be careful not to burn yourself.
Step 4: Apply a Mask
With your pores open, it’s an ideal time to apply a face mask to improve the health of your skin. Certain masks can even help open your pores more.
If you have sensitive skin avoid masks with fragrances and many chemicals. Natural ingredients are always better for the skin.
A great option if you have acne-prone skin is a clay mask. You can effectively detox, exfoliate, and decongest your pores.
Separating Truth From Fiction: Misconceptions About Opening Pores
There is a LOT of misinformation about how pores work, and how to open them. While some are simply untrue, other misleading tips can hurt you or cause permanent damage.
It’s important to stick to medically proven information. We’ll discuss four of the most common myths about pores next.
Pores Don’t Open and Close
It’s true, technically, pores don’t open or close. They’re not doors after all.
Your pores are constantly open. And their appearance depends on a variety of factors. Genetics, collagen in your skin, and hormones all impact how large or small your pores are.
However, pores of all sizes can get clogged by dirt, dead skin cells, sebum, makeup, and comedogenic skin care products.
When we talk about opening pores, we talk about opening clogged pores to prevent or treat acne.
If acne is a recurring problem for you, retinoid products are one of the most effective ways to treat it.
Cold Water Doesn’t Close Your Pores
Your skin’s look and feel based on temperature also doesn’t have anything to do with your pores opening or closing. Blood vessels in your skin are responsible for that.
So, when you wash your face with cold water, your pores don’t close up. The pulling sensation you feel is your blood vessels closing up.
Baking Soda Won’t Help
There are certain home remedies you hear about that don’t actually open your pores. And some can do more damage than good.
Putting baking soda on your face won’t get rid of your blackheads. It also won’t open your pores. However, you will dry your skin out. And that has much worse consequences…
Stripping your skin barrier of essential moisture can damage it. Flaking, early signs of aging, and a higher risk of infection are just three reasons why dry skin is dangerous.
So, please stay away from baking soda when you’re looking for home remedies to open your pores.
Popping Clogged (or Open) Pores Will Only Make Your Skin Worse
If you have acne due to clogged pores, popping them is the last thing you should do. Especially when your pores are still clogged.
While the most ideal time to extract acne is when the pores are open, you still shouldn’t do it. The chances of infection are very high if you do it for yourself. Plus, you can cause acne scars, discoloration, and inflammation.
The best course of action is to target your acne with skin care products. Retinoid treatments and salicylic acid are two of the most popular ways to treat acne. In severe cases, medication can also help.
However, if you do need to extract your pimples, let a professional dermatologist or licensed beautician do it as part of a facial treatment. They’re trained, experienced, and they work in a highly hygienic environment.
3 Everyday Ways to Keep Your Pores Open
1. Regular Daily Skin Care Routine
Opening your pores once a week is a great way to complement your daily skincare routine. However, it should never be a substitute.
You can effectively prevent clogged pores by sticking to a routine twice a day. Cleanse and moisturize your face after you wake up and before you go to bed every day.
2. Eat Healthily and Exercise
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water can only have positive effects on your pores.
Regular exercise can also keep your skin healthy. By increasing blood flow, it lowers your signs of aging.
3. Use the Best Products
No. We don’t mean branded, expensive, and fancy products. The best products are high-quality creams, cleansers, and masks that fit your skin type and your skin care goal.
It’s always crucial to read the label of everything you put on your skin. Opt for fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and chemical-free products, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Learn More Skin Care Tips and Tricks From Dermatologists
Knowing how to open your pores brings you one step closer to clear and glowing skin. However, depending on your skin and lifestyle, there may be a lot more to discover about skincare.
As board-certified dermatologists, we know how to take care of every type of skin. And we’d like to talk to you about your skin’s needs. Learn about your skin type, find out more skin care tips, and receive personalized product recommendations that give you the best chance to glow.
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With love, Janelle & Shasa