How to Unclog Your Pores Without Damaging Your Skin
Getting glowing skin in time for all those holiday photos is a serious priority as family gatherings and winter vacations draw near. However, fixing a congested complexion isn’t always as easy as stopping into your local beauty store and choosing a few products that promise to rid your skin of blackheads and blemishes. In fact, many of those so-called pore cures pack are loaded with skin-drying ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which can actually make your skin’s texture bumpier and cause your body to overcompensate with oil production, making you more acne-prone. Getting rid of pore problems starts with a comprehensive approach to skincare, starting with a gentle treatment plan that won’t make those pores appear larger or make your skin more inflamed.
While many Manhattanites may be lured by the bargain facials advertised at the spas, doctor’s offices, and even nail salons that line virtually every New York City block, these treatments can do more harm than good when it comes to clearing your pores. Extraction facials have long been the go-to treatment for congested complexions, promising to extract oil from pores and help minimize their appearance, when, in fact, the tools and techniques used in extraction facials can make your skin go from bad to worse. Most extraction facials use metal tools (or, in scarier situations, the aesthetician’s nails) to extract gunk from inside of your pores. Although this may seem like a good thing at first, this practice can have harmful, and long-lasting effects. When you press down hard on the skin surrounding a pore to extract oil and dirt, you often inadvertently push bacteria deeper into that pore and the ones surrounding it, where it’s likely to become a more pronounced blemish over time. The use of metal tools or fingernails can also cause bruises, scarring, and even minor tears in your skin that can leave you prone to serious infections, like staph.
Fortunately, the alternative is just as easy and far healthier for your skin. Instead of resorting to extraction facials, clearing your pores naturally through steam and healing botanicals can make your complexion clearer in no time. Treatments like the Oxygen Facial, available at Flawless Skin Solutions, naturally eases oil, dirt, and bacteria out of your pores using 98% pure hyperbaric oxygen and a gentle method of cleaning the skin that leaves it soft, supple, and healthier than ever before. Similarly, the Dorothy Mask is a botanical-infused hyaluronic acid treatment that can be done in just 15 minutes in the privacy of your own home, clearing your pores, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and giving you a little much-needed “me time” each week.
You don’t need to risk the health of your skin to clear up those congested pores. Gentle is the name of the game when you want healthy, beautiful skin without an imperfection in sight.