Whiteheads and blackheads won’t stand a chance against these simple yet effective pore-unclogging techniques.

By Melanie Rud Chadwick
May 30, 2018

Clogged pores are undoubtedly a pesky complexion concern that can be tricky to deal with. And while there are plenty of pore products out there, how do you determine which is right for you? First, let’s start with a quick refresher as to what exactly is happening when you have a blocked pore. “A pore is an opening in the skin through which oil and sweat can reach the skin’s surface,” explains Chicago dermatologist Jordan Carqueville, M.D. “Each is associated with a sebaceous gland, and can become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, creating a blackhead, whitehead, or pimple.” And while it’s a myth that pores open and close, they can expand and contract (and subsequently appear larger and smaller) depending on how much of that gunk is stuck in them. Luckily, there are a multitude of ways to get that grime out. Here, Carqueville’s five suggestions for how to effectively deep clean your pores.

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