Clogged and enlarged pores ordinarily are not a dangerous medical condition, but they can certainly be a nuisance. With time, the effects of make-up and dirt, skin secretions, and the work of bacteria on the sebaceous and sweat glands throughout our bodies, pores can become clogged with oils as well as dead and living materials. These clogged pores can become more easily visible and unsightly (particularly on the skin on our faces) when they enlarge, take on colors other than that of our skin, and become deeply pitted.
Gentle, proper cleaning is ordinarily recommended as the best recourse to remove unwanted material from our pores, allowing the pores to shrink and our skin in general to take on a healthier and more youthful appearance.
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07/23/2009: Sarah from North York, Ontario, Canada: "Hi, i have no remedies to suggest but i do have a question. My facial pores are quite large and prominent. Because of this, my pores get clogged very quickly - especially after i go for a morning walk. Although i have tried many cleansers, my skin is still slightly clogged and is not able to breath so my face is still not refreshed after cleansing. In addition to this the clogged skin results in pimples all over and oily skin. After much experience with cleansing cosmetics i am now looking for a natural solution to these problems. Any ideas, guys? One more question, is it true that cucumber is cooling and cleansing to the skin.
Btw, one thing i know is that its gr8 for getting rid of facial from acne and vice versa... Well, i'll be awaiting an answer! Love you guys at EC .... :)"
07/25/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "You could try a mask with fuller's earth. Mix it with water and/or apple cider vinegar. Scrubbing with baking soda also helps clogged pores. I would scrub first then do the mask. Steaming your face over a sink or bowl of very hot water is also good - afterwards apply the clay mask and then rub it very gently to exfoliate while washing the clay off."
04/15/2011: Jen74 from Waukesha, Wi/usaoffttyle Workshop replies: "Answer to your ? about pores... Take 2 large asprin (non coated) and crush them. Add a teaspoon of honey (organic does work best) melt, add these 2 things together and use as a mask. Just remember to cool somewhat before putting onto face. Leave on for about 20minutes and scrub off... Works wonders. A couple of times a week, I like to wipe my face down w/Acv or peroxide... If is burns... Water down a little bit! Good Luck =)"
Niaouli, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Neem and Shea Butter
[YEA] 07/23/2006: Sam from Phoenix, AZ: "Niaouli Organic Essential Oi,l Tea Tree Essential Oil, Cajeput Essential Oil, Neem Oil Unrefined (Cold Pressed) Natural shea butter. I've used all of these oils. My favorite is Tea Tree, Cajeput, and Neem. They cure Folliculitus, acne cysts, after shaving or waxing genitalia areas, clogged pores that contain blackheads/whiteheads. The above oils are dry like gasoline. They apply oily-like but dry on contact. If the oil is irritant, use less. Actually, less is more because these oils can be refined or not. Whatever the degree of your skin tolerance use less of these oils. They are very powerful when ordered as organic/refined/unrefinced state. For the vaginal cysts, I mix with 100% shea butter. shea butter also have an acid that causes the skin to filter. So you may be able to use only shea butter. Last but least, use only a drop of these oils when applying to any cysts. If you are like me, when body waxing or shaving mix with shea butter to reduce inflammation. If oils are applied at night, make sure to wash them off in the morning, not doing so might cause skin irritation."Replies
07/16/2009: Sasha from Sav, Jamaica replies: "Where can i get the Tea Tree oil, Cajeput etc to buy? Can i get it at a local Pharmacy?"
08/23/2009: Kristi from Moore, Oklahoma replies: "You should be able to purchase any needed oils at your local health food stores. National chain health food stores should have them as well if there are no small vendors in your neighborhood."
[YEA] 10/03/2007: Lisa from Upper Marlboro, Maryland: "Thank You so much. My 4 year old daughter (AA) developed folliculitus and all of the doctors treatments were worthless. She started loosing hair on the top of her head and pustules were all over. She also complained of her scalp hurting. I did a google search and found this site. Even after the first ACV & H202 tx I noticed improvement. I followed up with Tea Tree and Lav. oils nightly and once a week for two weeks I repeated the ACV & H202. She has no more pustules, they have all dried out. Plus she has no more pain. Her scalp looks 95% better. I am just waiting for a small patch of crust to fall off and a small patch of hair to grow back. I will continue the TT and Lav for a couple more weeks to make sure the infection completely gone. Thank god I found this site and that she has thick hair to hide the small patch."Replies
09/12/2011: Msmagnolia from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "This is a great site! I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of cystic acne (i have several on my back that I just hate). I recently bought 100% tea tree oil for my itchy scalp and decided to try it on a persistent, painful bump on my face (it couldn't hurt). When I woke up the next morning I could tell that the bump (cyst) was shrinking and drying out! I used the oil on the problem areas on my face (large pores/ breakout zone) and my pores look smaller and the stubborn bump on my chin is 90% gone after a week! The smell is strong, so use caution around eyes and sensitive areas, and be careful not to dry out your skin. I started using on my back, chest and the cysts are shrinking! Thank you Lord!!! I feel like there is hope to my skin problems. Also, for sores on the scalp Sea Breeze is a wonder!! My grandmother started me using this and I thought she was crazy bcz I thought it would burn. But, the Sea Breeze really calms an irritated scalp and helps heal and remove scabs (I used it after getting burns from a relaxer)."