How to Remove Clogged Pores Under Eyes

By Sabrina Ashley

Clogged pores are the result of excess oil, aka sebum, on and in the skin, and can show up as enlarged pores, blackheads or the most unpleasant--pimples. Unfortunately, no one is immune to the occasional pimple or blackhead. Under the eyes is a particularly tricky area; the region has sebaceous glands that secrete oil to keep the face moisturized. However, overproduction of sebum can lead to oily and clogged skin. Dead skin cells, make-up, thick facial lotions and dirt can also clog pores. The best way to unclog the pores is to keep the skin clean with regular washing.

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Step 1

Use boiling water for a DIY steam treatment. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Turn off the stove to prevent burns. Place a towel over your face and lean over the pot. Allow the steam to soften and drain the pores. Continue the steam treatment for about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Clean the face. Using your fingers apply a mild cleanser to the eye area or you can also use buttermilk. Gently massage the cleanser or buttermilk into the face for about 30 seconds. Buttermilk acts like a cleanser because it contains lactic acid, as well as alpha hydroxy acid or AHA, which deep cleans the pores and exfoliates dead skin cells, preventing and eliminating clogging.

Step 3

Rinse off buttermilk. Fill hands with warm water and splash it on the face to remove the cleanser. Remove all traces of the cleanser.

Step 4

After rinsing, apply lemon juice to the eye area. Pour a little lemon juice onto one palm. Dab the lemon juice underneath both eyes, using your fingers. Leave lemon juice on skin.

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