Last Modified on Apr 19, 2014
What Is a Clogged Pore?
The skin is comprised of numerous tiny opening called pores. The pores are responsible for producing and secreting oil onto the skin to keep it soft, smooth, and supple. However, a variety of factors work against the skin periodically making it overproduce oil. As the skin’s natural oil becomes imbalanced, it then combines with other sources, such as dirt and dead skin, and results in a clogged pore.
The actual medical definition for a clogged pore is a comedone that is caused by the combination of oil, debris, and dust or dead skin. Clogged pores appear in a variety of forms, the most common of which are termed blackheads and whiteheads. A blackhead is a clogged poor that has been exposed to the air, cause the blockage to take on a blackish color. In contrast, a whitehead is a closed or covered blocked pore that appears white on the surface of the skin. Clogged pores on face are the most common; however, these blockages can develop anywhere including the chest and back.
A number of factors contribute to the development of clogged pores. Factors responsible for causing blocked pores include insufficient cleansing or face washing, overproduction or excess oil in the skin, and dry skin on the face. If left untreated, clogged pores can develop into more serious medical issues such as folliculitis, an infected hair follicle or pore, or acne cysts, oil and dead skin build up deep within the hair follicle beneath the skin.
Natural Treatments for Clogged Pores
The typical treatment for clogged pores involves better cleansing techniques; however, changing the products used is also important. Many natural treatments are especially effective for remedying clogged pores. Using a mask made of fuller’s earth once a week diminishes the actual size of pores while scrubbing with baking soda and apple cider vinegar clears the pores. Tea tree, cajeput, and neem essential oils applied to the skin cure clogged pores, folliculitis, and acne cysts. Adding these treatment options to a regular skin care routine clears the skin quickly and naturally.
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."
[WARNING!] 02/19/2014: Hermiticwonderer from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Note - when you are purchasing essential oils / oils make sure that:
1. they are 100% PURE with NO synthetics, chemicals, alcohol or preservatives added (I don't even like to buy the ones with Vitamin E as a preservative)
2. that they are WILDCRAFTED or even better ORGANIC - wildcrafted means cultivated in the wild and pesticide free but not necessarily from an environment that has their organic certification. Which is great for no pesticides but can be shaky regarding GMOs. Organic is GMO free.
3. that the company does NOT use GMO ingredients or test on animals
4. check out the company if you buy online - multi-level marketing companies will ALWAYS be more expensive! There is a great oil company in Canada and one out of California you should look up.
5. "Certified Therapeutic grade" is not a real thing in the world of oils - don't just buy something because it says "Certified Therapeutic grade" make sure it has the above things checked off first.
6. always check what type of bottle it is coming in - essential oils should be in dark glass, typically amber in color. Carrier oils can be in dark plastic but make sure it is BPA free!
& then you should be good to go!"
[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)."