7 Ways to Open Pores

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7 Ways to Open Pores
7 Ways to Open Pores

Everyone who has constant bouts of blackheads and pimples must have heard that you have to “open” your pores to get better. According to experts, it is not possible to open them literally, as they do not change size. Still, there are several options to clean the area and make it look better (even if the pores don't suffer any other changes): changes in daily life, eating well, exercising, etc.


Method 1 of 7: Cleansing Pores with a Clay Mask

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Step 1. Wash your face with warm water

Clean and dry your face thoroughly to prepare for the clay mask.

Use warm water, not hot

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Step 2. Use a clay mask

Use your fingertips or a large brush to apply a thin layer of the mask to your face. Move back and forth and avoid eyes and mouth. The mask serves to remove dirt and oils from the pores.

Clay masks are ideal for those with oily and non-sensitive skin, but they can be too strong for sensitive people

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Step 3. Wait for the mask to dry

Don't let it dry completely - or it will rob your skin of moisture. It has to change color (become lighter) but still sticky to the touch.

If the mask comes off to the touch, it's because it's too wet

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Step 4. Take off the mask

Use water to soften the clay and wipe the area with a washcloth until everything is removed.

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Step 5. Use a moisturizer after the mask

Apply an oil-free moisturizer after drying your face.

You can use clay masks up to two or three times a week, depending on your skin's reaction

Method 2 of 7: Using Water Steam to Clean Pores

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Step 1. Moisten a washcloth with hot water

She has to get really wet.

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Step 2. Wipe excess water off the towel

The towel doesn't need to be splashing.

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Step 3. Place the towel over your face

It will help to remove dirt, makeup debris and the like from your pores.

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Step 4. Repeat the process

When the towel has cooled down, reheat it with more hot water and repeat three or four times.

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Step 5. Wash your face

Wash the area thoroughly with an astringent lotion to remove dirt and oils that have come out of your pores.

It is essential to wash your face after using the steam. The towel degrades the dirt and oil particles in the pores, while the astringent lotion washes them away. Do not skip this step, or the process will not take effect

Method 3 of 7: Using Parsley

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Step 1. Wash some fresh parsley

You don't need to remove the stems, but clean all the dirt from the plant.

Parsley is astringent and helps clean pores

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Step 2. Soak the parsley in a bowl of boiling water

Wait for the water to cool with the parsley still submerged.

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Step 3. Dip a washcloth into the mixture

Saturate it with warm water and then wring out the excess.

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Step 4. Wash your face

Use an astringent cream lotion to prepare the face for the parsley solution. If you use a regular cream, let it go after the solution itself.

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Step 5. Put the small towel over your face

Wait approximately 15 minutes.

You can use the astringent every day

Method 4 of 7: Making a Baking Soda Paste

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Step 1. Mix water and baking soda in 1:2 proportions

The ingredients will form a viscous paste.

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Step 2. Apply the mixture to your face

Rub it in your hand and then rub it over your face in circles.

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Step 3. Let the mixture take effect

Wait about five minutes.

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Step 4. Rinse off the solution

Use water to get the paste off your face.

Repeat the process once a week. The process helps to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells that end up clogging your pores

Method 5 of 7: Seeing a Dermatologist

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Step 1. See a dermatologist

Ask him to explain the available treatment options.

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Step 2. Reflect on your options

Choose the best one.

  • You can ask for an exfoliating recipe. These products remove dead skin cells from your face, preventing them from clogging your pores. The option is even better for those with pale, dry skin.
  • You can also do a chemical peel using salicylic or glycolic acid to cleanse your skin. However, you need to combine these treatments to see effects. Like the previous option, peeling is also ideal for those with dry skin.
  • You can also use light beam or laser therapies, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) or LED. This treatment increases collagen production and makes pores less obvious. Combine it with chemical peel for better results.
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Step 3. Choose the best option according to your financial possibilities

These treatments can be expensive, reaching over R$1,000.00.

Method 6 of 7: Creating a Care Routine

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Step 1. Take off your makeup

If you use makeup, it's always good to take everything off at the end of the day. Thus, the skin can breathe and the pores are not clogged.

Use handkerchiefs to remove makeup

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Step 2. Wash your face at least once a day

Dirt and oils can build up over time and thus clog pores.

Wash your face twice in a row. The second time, rub the astringent lotion in well for a deeper cleanse

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Step 3. Exfoliate your skin two or three times a week

This is essential to get rid of dead skin cells and unclog pores. You can use something like baking soda.

  • If your skin is dry, use a chemical scrub or a mild facial lotion. Afterwards, use a cream to absorb everything better.
  • If your skin is oily and susceptible to blackheads and pimples, avoid heavier exfoliants. Choose chemical scrubs that contain hydroxy acids, such as salicylic and glycolic acid.
  • If your skin is sensitive, use an astringent lotion or an enzyme-rich plant toner twice a week. Avoid products that are too strong.
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Step 4. Wear the mask once or twice a week

This practice helps to make your face brighter and pores clean.

If your skin is dry or sensitive, use a moisturizing mask. If it is oily and susceptible to blackheads and pimples, use clay and charcoal masks

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Step 5. Buy a facial massager

These massagers clean the face very deeply, preventing the pores from clogging.

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Step 6. Avoid products made with oils

Do not use anything with oil and avoid waterproof makeup items, as they are also made with the ingredient and tend to clog your pores.

Method 7 of 7: Taking care of food and exercising

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Step 1. Eat well

What we consume affects our body's appearance - including the skin. Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables to clean your pores. Eat at least five servings of these products a day to reap the effects and not become deficient in antioxidants. Avoid simple sugars such as bread, pasta and non-whole rice, which facilitate inflammation. Always opt for integral alternatives.

  • Healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds and fish are also good for the skin.
  • Focus on incorporating more whole, unprocessed foods into your diet, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, yogurt, eggs and multi-grain bread.
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Step 2. Drink plenty of water

The skin is healthier and more supple when the body is hydrated. Drink two liters of water a day and always carry a bottle in your hand when you feel thirsty.

  • Try to minimize consumption of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
  • If you don't want to drink just water, flavor it with some fruit or make a caffeine-free tea!
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Step 3. Exercise regularly

It may seem counterproductive, but training improves skin health. Exercise increases circulation, lifting oxygen and nutrients to the epithelial cells and getting rid of impurities.

  • Apply sunscreen when exercising outdoors to protect your skin.
  • Do not wear makeup to go training as this leaves pores susceptible to clogging. Wash your face before exercising and shower afterward.

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