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Pimples can occur due to a lot of reasons. It can be diet, hormones, atmosphere, cosmetics, indigestion, or anything. Pimples or Acne are signs of our body to inform us that something is not on the right track and we need to work on that.
Apart from all the reasons mentioned, one more reason which causes clogged pores and pimples is excess oil or sebum production which is usually faced by people with oily skin.
Having an Oily Skin is considered a blessing because it is the body’s own natural way to delay aging. Apart from producing excess oil which attracts germs, it also produces required natural oils that keep skin healthy and glowing.
Being said that, we can’t avoid skin problems faced by oily skin. People with oily skin often go through the problem of excess oil production by oil glands or excess sebum production which is related to hormone imbalance.
What is excess sebum production? Sebum, which is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, consisting of fatty acids, sugars, waxes, and other natural oils, when produced in excess, is called excess sebum production. Sebum production is the body’s natural way of providing lubrication to skin and hair follicles.
Change in sebum production is related to hormonal changes, and Increased Sebum Production can cause an excess of oiliness and Decreased Sebum Production can cause dryness on skin.
I am a person with, Combination to oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin and because of this, I have always faced the problem of clogged pores. Sometimes it is because of the intake of oily food, and sometimes it is because of not using the right skincare products.
Points to make sure while choosing Skincare Products –
People with sensitive and acne-prone skin need to pick their products very carefully. You need to make sure the product is free from parabens and other harsh chemicals, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, Non-Irritating, and easy on your skin to avoid your skin from getting breakouts.
Also, Along with a good skincare routine, make sure you are drinking at least 2-3 ltr. of water to flush out all the toxins from your body. Drinking enough Water works like magic for a healthy body, skin, hair, and mind.
Let us get into the details to see How to Get Rid of Clogged Pores Effectively or simply, a Skincare Routine for Oily, Sensitive, and Acne-Prone Skin to treat clogged pores and pimples.
Skin Care Routine that Helped me to Reduce Clogged Pores and Pimples Effectively
1 – Deep Pore Cleansing Face Wash
|The Face Shop Jeju Foaming Cleanser|
I am a person who loves strong cleansers. Face wash which leaves squeaky clean feeling, I instantly fall in love with them. My personal favorite is The Face Shop Jeju Cleansing Foam. It thoroughly cleanses, keeps skin oil-free throughout the day and helped me to reduce clogged pores. I, simply, love it.
The Face Shop Jeju Foaming Cleanser – Available at Nykaa and Amazon.
In case, you avoid strong cleansers or if your skin goes through a lot of irritation and you don’t want to irritate your skin further by using strong foaming cleansers, you can opt for gentle, mild-foaming cleansers such as Cetaphil or Cerave. These cleaners are good enough to clean your skin well, without leaving any pore-clogging residue, and mild enough to not irritate your skin. These are Non-Comedogenic, Non-Drying, and Non-Irritating.
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (Mild and Gentle)- Available at Nykaa, Amazon, and in Pharma Stores.
2 – Weekly Exfoliation
Scrubs or Exfoliators are important to scrub-off the dead skin build-up from your skin. It promotes blood circulation and brings in fresh and healthy skin.
Sensitive Skin People are advised to go for mild exfoliators such as Crushed Oatmeal or cream-based scrubs with mild granules such as Himalaya Neem Scrub to not irritate your skin further.
For those, who love slightly tough exfoliators, can opt for Himalaya Orange Scrub or Walnut-based Scrubs.
People also love the Bio Papaya Scrub which is indeed a fabulous exfoliator and brings in soft and smooth skin instantly, but effects last for few hours only.
What about Chemical Exfoliants?
Apart from physical scrubs which contains exfoliating beads, you can consider going for AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) based exfoliators which are chemical-based exfoliants and does a really good job in improving skin texture, unclogging pores, removing blackheads, tiny bumps, whiteheads, evening skin tone, improving fine lines, and reducing sun damage.
I am currently using the one from Pixi Beauty, which is an AHA based exfoliant and does an awesome job of bringing bright, smooth, and even skin from the first use.
Know more about AHA/BHA based exfoliants here.
3 – Clay Mask – Targeted for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
Clay Mask is loved by oily skin people as it takes away all the excess oil and dirt like a magnet and reveals fresh and oil-free skin. The weekly use of Clay Mask reduces excess oil production over time.
|Plum Goodness Green Tea Mask|
My Personal Favourite is Plum Goodness Green Tea Mask which has given magical results to me by working on pimples. I use it every week and with regular usage, I have seen a difference in my skin. It worked on my pimples and also controlled the further occurrence of it.
Plum Goodness Green Tea Mask – Available at Nykaa and Amazon.
Another favorite of mine is Skin Yoga Green Tea Mask. I guess it needs no further introduction. 😃 It is loved by many, highlight effective and is great for people with oily and acne-prone skin.
I also love Homemade Gram Flour and Turmeric Face Mask which is an all-rounder mask. For pimples, tanning problems, blemishes, uneven skin, it works for all.
In case you are looking for DIYs or Homemade masks, Fullers Earth (Multani Mitti), Kaolin Clay, and Bentonite Clay are the best option for you. People mix these clays with Apple Cider Vinegar, Rose Water, Milk, Milk Cream, Honey and what not. Go for what works for you the best.
4 – Alcohol-Free Toner – Targeted for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
|Green Tea Toner by Plum|
I never had a good relationship with toners. Using toners always breaks me out and I used to wonder how product which is suggested by everyone to include in the skincare routine, doesn’t work for me.
I even tried rose water, and it failed.
When I tried Green Tea Toner from Plum, it changed my skincare game. It worked so beautifully on my skin. Over time, my clogged pores almost vanished and the occurrence of pimples was almost reduced. Now, the situation is, that I can’t think of my skincare routine without this toner. Whenever I wash my face, the first thing I do after cleansing is toning my face with this Green Tea Toner.
Plum Green Tea Toner – Available at Nykaa and Amazon.
Another option, which you might consider is, using cold green tea bags. If you drink green tea, start storing those bags in the fridge and every time you cleanse your face, squeeze out the green tea from those stored green tea bags and apply as a toner. Or you can simply the bags directly on the skin. Whatever works for you he best.
5 – Non-Comedogenic, Lightweight Moisturizer
Do not Skip Moisturizer. Never! Dry Skin, Oily Skin, no matter what, moisturizer is highly important.
A lot of time people with oily skin, skip moisturizer because they know, within hours their skin will be again oily and sticky, and they don’t want to add moisturizer to it. I too love that squeaky clean, dry touch, and fresh feeling but the fact is when you don’t moisturize your skin, oil-glands produce more oil to bring back that moisture which leads to clogging pores and pimples.
Therefore, always complete your skincare routine with a moisturizer. Now that you have oily and acne-prone skin, always go for a non-comedogenic moisturizer, which means, it won’t have any pore-clogging Ingredient.
On top of that, make sure the product is free from artificial fragrance, which reacts with sensitive skin badly and also avoid face care products having harsh chemicals such as preservatives (Paraben), SLS, Mineral Oil, and others. Mineral Oil, especially if you have oily and acne-prone skin.
Talking about SLS, don’t get confused between SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). SLES is an accepted version of SLS and is widely used in cleansers to break the oil. I also read somewhere on the internet that it is also present naturally in coconut or coconut oil.
My Personal Favourite Moisturizers are –
- Biotique Morning Nectar, Not a lightweight moisturizer but is a fabulous one for treating rashes or dryness.
- Innisfree Orchid – For all skin types. Improves Skin Texture.
- Plum Green Tea Gel – For Combination to Oily Skin. Gel-based light moisturizer.
- Cetaphil Lightweight Moisturizer (Medicated) – Perfect moisturizer with healing and repairing properties for Dry Skin. For oily skin, it works well when facing dryness.
- Simple Skincare Light Moisturizer. – For Combination to Oily Skin. It helps in removing pimples and their marks.
To get rid of clogged pores and pimples caused by the, go for pore cleansing face wash, weekly exfoliation, clay masks, alcohol-free toners for acne-prone skin, and non-comedogenic moisturizers. Avoid excess of oily food if you can. 😂
So, this was it for today. I hope you have found this post helpful. Have a Good Day! 😇
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