Blocked pores are the main reason of skin blemishes formation. That is why keeping pores clean and healthy is important step of skin care program aiming less breakouts and inflammation appearance. In order to unclog pores blocked with dry cells and sebum, one should develop a proper skin care routine.
Comedones (also called clogged pores) are non-inflamed acne form but they can turn into inflamed pimples if bacteria penetrates into the pore. There are two main types of comedones: blackheads (or open comedones with dark pigmented head) and whiteheads (closed comedones). They all form when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dry and dead skin cells combined with excessive oil produced by sebaceous gland.
To get rid of blackheads and whiteheads exfoliating products such as exfoliating scrubs and masks are widely used. These products help to speed up cells renewal and prevent them from trapping into the pore and also help to remove excessive sebum from the pores. This contributes greatly in keeping skin clean and radiant.
However, despite the fact that facial scrubs are very helpful for non-inflamed blackheads and whiteheads treatment, they are not recommended for use in inflammatory cases of acne. If the inflammation of comedones happens, using abrasive scrubs may lead to more skin irritation as well as spreading the bacteria to the rest of non-inflamed acne.
High quality scrub with tiny and gentle exfoliating granules is the best choice for blackheads treatment. Despite the fact that scrubs with big abrasive particles seem to be more effective, they can be too harsh and cause skin injuring. Another important rule is to choose products designed for your skin type and never use body scrubs for facial exfoliation.
Before using any scrub or exfoliating mask, do the patch test first to make sure it doesn’t cause allergic reaction and is gentle enough. Then wash your face with facial cleanser and apply the scrub on the wet skin. Rub it with a circular motions for about 1 minute and rinse with warm water. Then wash up with cold water to close the pores. Use the scrub one or twice a week and avoid over-exfoliation because it may cause skin irritation, make it more oily and sensitive.