Living in New York City offers you access to the best of virtually everything — great art, great fashion, great food, and great thinkers changing the world on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with so many people eager to call New York home, there are downsides, especially when it comes to your skin. Packed subway trains, pollution, and the grit and grime that comes along with being elbow to elbow with millions of other people on a daily basis can wreak major havoc on your skin, clogging your pores and making your complexion a mess. Fortunately, there is hope. I’ve rounded up my favorite pore-clearing products that will keep your complexion bright, beautiful, and blemish-free, no matter what the city throws at you.
Bliss Pore’fector Gadget: While the intense pore vacuuming devices on the market seem to be a recipe for bruised skin, the Bliss Pore’fector is one of the few pore cleaning gadgets that I’ve noticed makes a major difference in congested skin without any adverse results. Paired with a pore-detoxifying cleanser, this tool’s high level vibrations helps clear dirt, oil, and dead skin from your pores while being gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
The Dorothy Mask: Sheet masks are hot right now, but many fall short of the promises they make to customers. Fortunately, the Dorothy Mask from Flawless is made of up proven botanical ingredients that can reduce inflammation, minimize your pores, and give you the hydrated skin you deserve. The hyaluronic acid in the mask both shrinks pores and works as a humectant, bringing moisture to the skin’s surface while minimizing the appearance of imperfections.
Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer: Get the spa experience right in the comfort of your own home with the Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer. This portable facial steamer makes it a breeze to give yourself a spa-quality facial and get those pores clearer than ever in just a few minutes a day. All you have to do is wash your face, steam your skin, follow with your moisturizer of choice, and enjoy watching your skin clear up and your pores shrink until they’re virtually invisible.
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: Did you love the feeling of peeling off pore strips as a teen? Now you can enjoy a grown-up version of that same feeling without the potential damage to your skin by using this peel-off mask from Boscia. Perfect for combination and oily skin, this activated charcoal mask tones and tightens your pores when it’s on and then gives you the satisfaction of peeling it all up when you’re done, showing you all the gunk that you’ve successfully removed from your skin.
Oxygen Facial: While extraction facials are often lauded as the ultimate solution for congested skin, for many with pore problems, they can push bacteria deeper into the skin, turning those blackheads into full-blown breakouts. For people with hyperpigmentation issues, they can also cause bruising, dark marks, and scarring on the skin that can take weeks, months, or even years to heal. For those who want a pore-clearing solution, I love the Oxygen Facial at Flawless Skin Solutions’ flagship in Manhattan. Instead of digging bacteria out of your pores, this sensitive facial gently eases dirt and grime from beneath the skin’s surface using 98% pure hyperbaric oxygen, which inhibits bacterial growth on your skin, as well. In just a single session, you’ll see a noticeable difference in the clarity of your skin and those congested pores will be a thing of the past.
Origins Clear Improvement Mask: Don’t let this mask’s blackish-gray concern you; when you’re done with it, your skin will be nothing but clear and glowing. The activated charcoal in this unique mask is what gives it its suspect color, but the results speak for themselves: you’ll see a reduction in blackheads, smaller pores, and an overall improvement in the clarity and tone of your skin.
Foreo LUNA: Move over, Clarisonic — there’s a new facial brush in town. This nubbly hand-held device may look more like a massager than a skin tool, but it does wonders when it comes to clearing up skin and tightening pores. The tiny silicone ridges along the top of the device are perfect for gentle exfoliation, which can help remove dead skin cells and dirt from your pores, while the LUNA’s T-sonic vibrations help tone and tighten your pores and fend off the signs of aging.
Neogen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser: Struggling with oily skin and a congested complexion? Fear not — clearer, healthier skin is right around the corner, thanks to Neogen’s Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser. A combination of marine oil and Canadian colloidal clay, this cleanser turns into a foam while you’re using it, lifting oil and dirt right out of your pores and leaving your face feeling soft, fresh, and rejuvenated. So long, pores!
Getting the smooth, blemish-free skin you’ve always wanted is easier than ever with the latest pore gadgets on the market. Making the right choice for your pore cleansing needs today might just mean a clearer, brighter future for your face.