Pores can become easily clogged by dirt, makeup and bacteria from sebaceous glands. Add in the build-up of old, dead skin cells, and your pores can appear enlarged, as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples pop up. If the chemicals in prescription and over-the-counter medications make you cringe, consider natural remedies for clogged pores.
Look for witch hazel in an astringent and toner form. A strong anti-oxidant, witch hazel gets oily skin under control by removing bacteria and dirt. After cleansing your skin, simply wet a cotton ball or pad with some of the liquid and wipe across the infected pores in upward motion.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Dab a bit of oil onto your clogged pores. Look for a topical application that has 5 percent tea tree oil which, according to the Department of Dermatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, has shown to be just as effective as a lotion with 5 percent benzoyl peroxide–without the chemicals and excessive drying of the latter.
The Power of Steam
Set aside three days a week to steam your face in order to open and clean out your pores. Heat clean water in a pot. Once it boils, turn off the heat. Drape a towel around your head and suspend your face about 1 foot over the steaming water. If you ever feel your face is getting too hot, remove your face for a moment and then return to the steam. When all the steam is gone, gently splash cold water on your face to close and seal your pores.
References and ResourcesInformation on Witch Hazel
Department of Dermatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Tea Tree Oil