Best Treatments for Clogged Pores

how to have healthy skin with small poresBlackheads and acne are common causes of clogged pores. But, you can have clogged pores even if you don’t have acne.

As a dermatologist, patients often ask me to recommend the best skin care products and treatments to help them clean their clogged pores and prevent future issues.  Over my 25 years of dermatology practice, I’ve developed great patient-proven tips that will help you unclog your clogged pores, no matter what your skin type.

The best treatment for you is, of course, dependent on your specific skin type. So, whether you have normal skin, sensitive skin, oily skin or acne-prone skin, you need to find products that are specific to your needs.

I’ve previously written about this topic a number of times. Some of my most popular posts are the ones where I give step-by-step instructions on the best treatment for clogged pores. These posts are organized by the main skin types that suffer from large and clogged pores, and a lot of people find them when searching for answers on the web. I take this as a testament to how many people are unhappy with the appearance of their pores. So, I’m going to give you a round-up of the most popular pore-related posts.

The good news is that a healthy-looking complexion isn’t just for pictures of Photoshopped models! There’s a lot you can do to make your pores look better and to get a healthier complexion.

I’ve developed a range of skin care products, treatments and techniques to help unclog and shrink the appearance of pores for just about every skin type.

Select the post below that best fits your skin type, and get ready for cleaner pores and a smoother, healthier complexion!

Do you have clogged pores and normal to oily skin, with or without blackheads and acne? If so, read:

How to Unclog Your Clogged Pores

Do you have really large pores, but little to no issues with blackheads or clogged pores?  If so, get all the tricks to making them look smaller by reading:

How to Shrink The Appearance of Large Pores

Do you have clogged pores and sensitive skin, such as skin that’s troubled by rosacea (or facial dandruff )? If so, you have to be careful not to irritate your skin in your zeal to unclog your pores. This is a really common combination of problems and you’re not alone. Get my skin care tips for this tricky combo by reading:

Best Products for Rosacea, Oily Skin and Blackheads

Photo: Thanks and Gratitude to Amareta Kelly

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2 Responses to “Best Treatments for Clogged Pores”

  1. diane wickersheim March 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Im interested in learning how to control my rosacea on my cheeks, my seb derm on the sides of my face and the tons of clogged pores i get in the corners of my mouth down toward my chin. My chin is the hardest to control as I get sometimes extract the core of the clogged pore, depending on what type it is but it will fill up with hard solidified sebum again and again. I have tried micro retin a ( not very long), differin, finacea, bha’s by paula begoun, aha’s by skinceuticals. I just dont know what to do as its dry there as well. I get tons that are white and buldging and look close to the surface but when I try to express them with my blackhead extractor, they often retreat. I then cant get it too heal as the core is still in there. Some look like true blackheads and can easily come out as are some that are literally stuck in the center of my chin,. These are more of the squishy type and can be pushed up gentle with my nail. Its the hard seed type ones that are white an covered by skin that I dont know what to do. Right now my entire right side of my chin from under my lip toward corners and down across the crease seem enflamed, raw and dry. So how do I treat when its so dry and flakey already? I almost feel its dehydrated and therefore tyring to pump out more oil to compensate. Every time i get them clear I try to do a maintenance with my clarisionic and some bha;s every couple days so I can stay ahead of the game but it only produces more. I am at my wits end of this two year battle..Im 44 and perimenopausal…could this be the reason? Ive never had this before and ends up being a very difficult thing for me..also by the end of the day they are worse and look like they are bulging with oil and begging me to extract them…I already have your zinc bar but its very drying for me to use daily. I then moisturize with your CF cream but dont feel it hydrates enough..what can you reccomend for me…pleese Im desperate and losing my mind over this.

  2. Cynthia Bailey MD March 10, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Hello Diane,
    I don’t and can’t give specific advice for a person’s individual dermatologic problems over the web. I can give you general information on how I approach someone with a complex acne and facial rash problem with possible irritation from products and that is to do what I call a ‘cool down’. This requires patience because it needs to go on until the skin heals which can take, sorry to say, 2 months. I have them use a purely soothing regimen such as Toleriane Cleanser, Replenix CF, Glycolix Ultra Lite (and no buf puf or even the Clarisonic for at least a couple of weeks). Sometimes I use appropriate prescription medicines too depending on what I think the underlying problems are. During this time, no extractions, no peels, no masks, no procedures – nothing. Then I have them come in, I look at what we have ‘under’ all the secondary issues of the past, I make a diagnosis and then we move forward with what I think is the most likely single product to help that is unlikely to be an allergen or irritant. One product at a time at 2-4 week intervals we advance to a more complete regimen because people can have problems with BHA’s, retin a and they can even be allergic to zinc pyrithione.

    The simplest, most likely tolerated pore cleaning agent is glycolic acid, like the Glytone Exfoliating Lotion, but it will zing underlying seb derm or rosacea and possiblyd make a mess of things. It means that there is no substitute for an accurate diagnosis for moving forward with care and that can only be had by a face to face visit with a dermatologist who get’s a person’s skin and is adroit in the subtitles of treatment. Sometimes it takes a little dermatologist shopping to find the right derm for you.

    Warm Regards,
    Cynthia Bailey MD