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18 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Clogged Pores

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Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Clogged Pores

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Clogged Pores

All of us suffer with clogged pores at some point. This article will give you easy-to-do remedies that help to unclog those pores. It doesn’t stop there, a whole lot of information on what causes them and how to avoid them in future. As they say, ‘Prevention is better than cure’; from the start to the end, this piece of information would those clogged pores disappear. Read on to know more about home remedies to get rid of clogged pores

How To Get Rid of Clogged Pores | How To Prevent Clogged Pores

Every skin has pores in it. But sometimes, the pores can get clogged, with either excess of oil production or dry and dead skin cells. And then there are dirt and debris too to complicate the situation. All this can lead to blackheads and acne. Ideally, all this needs a good skincare regimen to prevent clogged pores. Let us first know the causes behind clogged pores.

What Causes Clogged Pores?

The most common reasons behind clogging of skin pores are listed below. An interesting fact to know is that both males and females can develop clogged pores on face and this happens more at the time of puberty.

  1. Sweat: When you are heavily into exercising, it increases your sweating or perspiration. This ups your chance of getting clogged pores.
  2. Pollution: The very mention of pollution brings to mind “dirt, grime and fumes” on face and hair, doesn’t it? And, toxins and gases. These can cause acne, pimples and blockage of pores.
  3. Oil: If your body is producing more of ‘skin oil’ than what is required, chances are you will get blocked (or choked) skin pores. Since bacteria multiply in such a condition, blackheads are a normal outcome.
  4. Dirt and Makeup: Whenever you are wearing makeup or going outside, then dirt in the air causes clogging of pores.
  5. Dry skin cells: These cells stick to the oil released by the sebaceous glands. And if your skin is dry, then there is excessive buildup of these cells which end up clogging pores.

There are other factors too that are responsible for clogged pores – such as dehydrated skin, filthy work environment, hormones, genes and allergy reactions. Don’t worry. You can put an end to these skin troubles through home remedies.

[Also Read: How To Get rid of Big Pores]

Let’s check them out:

Here are the Easily Available Home Remedies for Clogged Pores

Read and share the following home remedies for ‘clogged’ skin pores:

1. Baking Soda

What all you need:

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp water


  1. Start the process by mixing baking soda and water well (so much so that the paste turns out to be smooth).
  2. It’s time to apply the paste over clogged pores on face.
  3. After 5 minutes, rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

How it works: Baking soda helps exfoliate the clogged skin, thereby unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells, impurities and pesky dirt.

Baking Soda for clogged pores

2. Steaming

What all you need:

  • Water
  • Stove
  • Towel
  • Vessel
  • Toner
  • Some moisturizer


  1. Pour water into a small vessel.
  2. Heat the water on a stove.
  3. When the steam starts to come, take off the pot from the heat.
  4. Put a towel over your head and get your face close to the steaming water.
  5. Let the steam soak your face for a couple of minutes.
  6. Pat your face dry and use a toner (and then a moisturizer)
  7. Do this remedy twice a week, so as to keep the skin pores clean and rejuvenated.

How it works: Face Steam is an inexpensive option to fight clogged pores on face. Plus, it is effective too, as it opens up the pores. All the trapped impurities are washed away via steaming.

Tip: Do not splash hot water on your face as that can burn your skin.

Facial Steam

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3. Dry Brushing

What all you need:

  • Facial brush


  • Eggs (preferably white portion)
  • Juice of half of a lemon


  1. Whip an egg till you get a foamy texture
  2. Keep it in the refrigerator for 5 min.
  3. When you take it out from the refrigerator, mix the juice of half of lemon in it.
  4. Now that the mixture is ready, apply it on your clogged pores
  5. After drying time of 10 min, rinse it off with warm water.

How it works: Egg-whites are gifted with skin-toning and complexion-enhancing properties. This also includes pore reduction in size and shielding your skin from impurities.

Egg Mask for Skin

5. Sugar Scrub

What all you need:

  • Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Cool water


  1. Crush sugar into powder form.
  2. Squeeze half of a lemon, and mix its juice with water to make a thick paste.
  3. Apply the paste on the clogged pores
  4. Keep massaging it for a couple of minutes so that exfoliation happens
  5. Rinse it with cool water and follow it up by using moisturizer.

How it works: Sugar not only ‘sweetens’ up things, it is also a good exfoliating agent, which helps break up scar tissue and unclog skin pores. Extremely helpful for clogged pores on nose, as they are very rigid there.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

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6. Fuller’s Earth

What all you need:

  • Fuller’s Earth
  • Water
  • Oatmeal


  1. Mix 1 tbsp each of fuller’s earth, water and oatmeal.
  2. Now apply this mixture on your face
  3. After few min, wash your face with water
  4. Do this remedy once a week

How it works: Fuller’s Earth is a good way of getting rid of clogged pores. And then it is good for oily skin, as it reduces excessive of oil secretion.

7. Honey

What all you need:

  • Raw honey
  • Water


  1. To start with, apply few drops of honey on the skin affected by clogged pores.
  2. Massage it for a few seconds
  3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water

How it works: Honey reduces excess of oil build-up on the skin. Plus, it tightens the skin pores, and keeps the skin hydrated.

Tip: Repeat this 2-3 times a week to get best results from battling out clogged pores.

8. Lemon

What all you need:

  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Warm water


  1. Using a cotton ball, put fresh lemon juice on the affected skin
  2. Keep rubbing it gently, for say 5-10 min
  3. Rinse it off using lukewarm water
  4. Pat it dry, and sit pretty!

How it works: Lemons have citric acid, which makes your skin exfoliation turn out well – it also helps clean out the dirt, as well as oil that clogs the skin pores.

9. Parsley

What all you need:

  • A bunch of parsley leaves
  • Boiled water
  • Apiece of cloth


  1. Put the parsley bunch in a washing vessel and wash it well
  2. Now transfer boiling water in the bowl
  3. Let it cool for some time
  4. Strain the liquid from the parsley leaves
  5. Soak a piece of cloth in this solution and put it on the clogged skin pores for 10 min
  6. Repeat this exercise at least once daily

How it works: Parsley happens to be a natural astringent. That is why – it can pull toxins that lead to clogged pores.

10. Raw Papaya

What all you need:

  • Raw papaya fruit


  1. Get a knife and peel a medium sized papaya
  2. Rub the cut papaya on the affected skin for a few minutes
  3. Subsequently, wash it off with lukewarm water, so that deep skin impurities like dead cells, oils and dirt can be easily removed.

How it works: Papain enzyme in papaya has skin-cleansing properties which are of great help in ‘clearing and cleaning’ clogged pores. And then, papaya casts an exfoliating effect by removing dead skin cells and paving way for healthy and unclogged pores. This even eradicates the clogged pores on cheeks leaving them fuller and looking better.

11. Bentonite Clay

What all you need:

  • 1 tbsp Bentonite Clay
  • 1 tbsp oatmeal
  • Water


  1. Make a paste by combining all the ingredients
  2. Once the clay mask is ready, apply it on your clogged pores on face
  3. Wait for it to get dry by giving it a lead time of 10-15 min
  4. Wash off with water. Then, pat it dry
  5. Give it the last touches of moisturization

How it works: Clay masks always help in getting rid of clogged pores on cheeks and logged pores on nose, and are very effective too.

Tip: You can add activated charcoal to Bentonite clay. This will help in absorption of skin impurities well.

Homemade Clay Mask

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12. Oatmeal

What all you need:

  • Cooked oatmeal (one-half cup)
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. Mix oatmeal and olive oil in a bowl, as per the mentioned quantity
  2. Now apply it on your clogged pores
  3. After 15 min are over, rinse off your face with lukewarm water
  4. Repeat this twice or thrice a week

How it works: Oatmeal cleanses the pores of your skin from deep within. Secondly, it absorbs excess of oil.

13. Jojoba Oil

What all you need:

  • Essential oil Jojoba oil is sufficient


  1. Talk of affected skin? Apply Jojoba Oil to the clogged pores.
  2. But do this on a daily basis. No ‘mixing’ required with any other oil. Just a thin layer of Jojoba oil is enough

How it works: Jojoba Oil comes very close to human sebum, which is why it helps reduce sebum production. Which is why it helps in dissolving clogged pores!

14. Hemp Seed Oil

What all you need:

  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Water
  • Towel


  1. First of all, wash your face and clean it up
  2. Take some hemp seed oil on your palm, and apply it to your face
  3. Keep rubbing it on your face for a minute
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water
  5. Pat your face with a towel
  6. Do it 1-2 times a week

How it works: Hempseed oil is ‘naturally good’ in moisturizing and cleansing. This oil is safe to use on acne prone skin too.

15. Cinnamon

What all you need:

  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp honey


  1. In a small container, mix the ingredients
  2. Apply the paste on your clogged pores in a gentle manner
  3. After 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water
  4. Do it twice a week, in order to treat clogged pores on forehead and chin

How it works: Honey and cinnamon are good antibacterial agents which protect your skin from infection and clogging.

16. Avocado Oil

What all you need:

  • A few drops of avocado oil (that’s it)


  1. Cleanse your face first. There should be no grease or oil residues on face
  2. Using a cotton swab, apply avocado oil on the clogged pores
  3. Keep following this technique to get best results.

How it works: Since avocado is high in sterolin, it fights skin inflammations like blemishes, even eczema.

17. Aloe Vera

What all you need:

  • Aloe Vera gel


  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply Aloe vera gel onto the face.
  3. Wash off after 20 minutes with cold water.

How it works: The properties of aloe vera allow in removing the particles trapped inside the pores. Opening up of these pores results in unclogging.

18. Almond and Sugar Scrub

What all you need:

  • Almond Scrub
  • or,

  • Almond Paste
  • Sugar
  • Water


  1. Make the almond and sugar scrub, if you don’t already have one. The scrub is made by mixing all the ingredients until a solid thick paste is the result.
  2. Apply this scrub regularly on face.

How it works: The rich nutrients present in almonds help in attaining better skin and the sugar is a good option in treating clogged pores.

How Exfoliation Helps in Unclogging the Pores

Exfoliating agents help in unclogging the pores as they strive in removing the particles that are stuck and the cause of the clogged pores. The exfoliation process removes dead or dry skin cells and all the other impurities present. One of the most common and effective exfoliation methods is steam.

Now that you have a huge support of natural remedies, let us also find out how ‘Clogged Pores’ can be prevented in the first place.

How To Avoid Clogged Pores?

By now, am sure you know that clogging of skin pores happens due to accumulation of dirt and oil on skin. Here is how you can avoid clogged pores from happening in the first place:

  1. Before going off to sleep at night, always remove make up
  2. When you have visited a dusty and polluted area, wash your face ASAP when you reach home
  3. Do not hesitate to wash your face twice or thrice in a day. This will keep the skin clean and remove the hidden dust and oil
  4. Avoid exfoliating your skin too often. This will leave your skin dull and dry.
  5. On a daily basis, use steam to open up pores. This is a good way to avoid any future clogging of skin pores
  6. Never apply harsh chemicals on your face – thinking they will be able to clean the skin from the bottom

Well, now that you know the causes and remedies of clogged pores, do apply them and tell us the results. Happy Unclogging!

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Aaryahi Patel June 20, 2017 - 4:14 pm

I have heard that blackheads are actually clogged pores with dirt. Is it true?

Deepika Dewan June 23, 2017 - 10:41 am

False. Blackhead are not clogged pored with dirt, Instead, blackheads are formed when there is excess oil in that part of the skin which clogs the pore. When this oil reacts with the oxygen outside, it turns black and forms the blackhead.

Sukriti July 10, 2017 - 3:04 pm

My skin type is dry. Can I use oatmeal?

Deepika Dewan July 18, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Yes, Oatmeal is hands down one of the best natural remedies for dry skin. It contains polysaccharides which help in forming a protective layer over the skin to prevent moisture loss.

Gordon Ramsey May 30, 2020 - 8:09 am

Can you peel of or make the pores stuck on charcoal?


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