Facial Care

How to Clean Clogged Pores; Cleansing Facial Steams


Clogged pores are a result of the excessive oil production. Additional factors such as environment and dirt end up on the skin and clog the pores.

clogged pores

clogged pores

Oil glands, located in the dermis of the skin, open into a hair shaft. Oil glands (also known as sebaceous glands) are beneficial to skin when they work properly. They secrete the oil that coats the hair shaft and protects it from getting dry and brittle.
The same oil that protects the hair, plays a major role in creating a layer on the surface of the skin that protects the skin from excessive loss of water, keeps it soft and pliable, and protects it from harmful bacteria.

Pores on the face need to be unclogged and cleansed regularly so that the pore does not go into an inflammation. There are pore cleansers available out there, but there is nothing like a simple facial steam that you can prepare, to clear pores and rejuvenate your face.

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Pore cleansers open pores and extract all the impurities. By adding essential oils to water, you are not only getting the fragrance but the actual nutrients that come out of oils and penetrate the skin exuding their healing properties.

Depending on your skin type you need to use different essential oils.

Normal skin

Use mandarin or lavender essential oil.

Oily skin

Use lemon or eucalyptus oil.

Dry skin

Use rose or chamomile essential oil.

They are similar to facial exfoliants because they open up the pores, but when it comes to cleansing the pores deep in the skin, the facial steam is the best choice.

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Start off with the simplest facial steam. An additional thing that this facial steam does is that it clears sinuses and alleviates headaches.

Peppermint Rosemary Facial Steam


  • 1 gallon of boiling water
  • 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops of rosemary essential oil


  • Pour the boiling water in a large bowl and wait until it cools down a bit
  • Add the essential oils
  • Put face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel
  • Stay in that position for 10 minutes or so
  • Pat dry

Peppermint is an emollient. It smoothes and soothes the skin. It is also a great antiseptic.

Rosemary is a muscle relaxant.

Lavender Cleanser for Clogged Pores


  • 1 gallon of almost boiling water
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil


  • To an almost boiling water, add lavender essential oil
  • Hold the face over the bowl with a towel covering the head
  • Stay like that for 10 minutes
  • Pat dry
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Lavender is a muscle relaxant, soothing agent, conditioner and astringent.

Tea Tree Oil Facial Steam

Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil into a gallon of hot, boiling water. That’s it!

Tea tree oil is a potent antiseptic, it prevents and heals infections. This facial steam is ideal for oily, acne prone skin.

Pore cleansers will help the clogged pores open, but will leave them vulnerable to additional dirt getting in.

To close pores, you can go ahead an apply an astringent mask, an orange facial mask is what would be a good choice.

Another option is the use of facial toners which close the pores and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

About Lilian Ehi

Skincare expert, i share gathered results to help your skin glow. Mail me at lilian@skincaredx.com

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