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How to Avoid Clogged Pores

If you suffer from clogged pores, unsightly skin outbreaks and acne you may have been concentrating on skin care products to help achieve clear glowing skin. The market is full of fancy lotions, potions and products claiming to help but there is one thing in particular you should look for. 

The key word if you’re concerned about what you use on your skin. A name you should never forget when choosing skincare products is non-comedogenic. This information will change your skin’s health. 

Non-comedogenic products are those that don’t block pores. And avoiding pores blockage is one of the most important things to avoid acne. Especially for those who have oily skin. Not all products are non-comedogenic, which is why is important to know how to identify the ones that are.

How do I know if I'm using pore clogging product?

You probably are if your skin is oily, has acne, large pores, rosacea and pimples, or if you feel that your pores are always clogged and your skin is congested. Even when you use many different products to fight it. 

If that’s you, probably some (or all) of your skin products have comedogenics ingredients. 

Is my skin care product bad for my skin?

It is difficult to tell if a product is comedogenic when there’s no obligation for the companies to test for this particular aspect and to define the use of the word “non-comedogenic” by the industry. 

However, there’s a scale that goes from 0 to 5 rating a product, being 0 to 2 is considered non-comedogenic. But even this scale isn’t standardised so knowing some  of the ingredient bad guys will help.

Pore clogging ingredients to avoid

Even though the list is not written in stone, here are some ingredients and oils of comedogenic ingredients you should avoid in order to keep your pores unclogged. 

  • isopropyl myristate and derivatives
  • propylene glycol-2 (PPG-2) myristyl propionate
  • lanolins, especially:
    • acetylated
    • ethoxylated lanolins
  • D&C red dyes

If something that’s not on this list is causing you breakouts, include it on your personal list of ingredients to avoid. 

What should I look for?

There are some ingredients and essential oils that are beneficial to acne and probably stopping any breakouts you’ve been having.

  • benzoyl peroxide
  • resorcinol
  • salicylic acid
  • sulfur
  • grapeseed oil
  • sunflower oil
  • neem oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • hempseed oil

You may also want to pay attention to the fact that even if a product’s composition doesn’t include any of the ingredients mentioned above as comedogenic it doesn’t mean that the ingredients combined won’t make a comedogenic product. The best thing is to test and pay attention to how your body responds to it.

Is your pillowcase giving you large clogged pores?

Another important and often overlooked trouble maker for your skin is your pillowcase. Cotton, polyester, satin and blended fabrics can often cause your skin to sweat and overproduce sebum. This all encourages build up of bacteria on your skin and pillowcase. Resulting in large, blocked pores, puffiness and unsightly breakouts. 

So, if you're not a person who likes the idea of sleeping in dirty sweaty gym clothes, (the skin equivalent of a synthetic or cotton pillowcase). You may want to look at healthier skin alternatives, like silk pillowcases.

Silk pillowcase to the rescue!

Silk is a natural product and you can trust mother nature to come to your rescue. Because of it's natural properties, silk is anti-bacterial and thermo-regulating. This means your skin can sleep in peace, repairing and restoring itself to full glory free from clogged pores, spots and all kinds of skin complaints. It's why dermatologists, plastic surgeons, skin experts all recommend it and celebs wouldn't sleep on anything else! 

Not every silk pillowcase is created equal 

This is something to bear in mind when choosing a silk pillowcase. There are many to choose from and a range of prices. The lower price end, silk pillowcases are made of low quality silk and even blended with man-made synthetic fabrics. Choosing a high quality silk pillowcase will bring the best benefits to your skin. It's not just a pillowcase. It's an investment in your skin health. 

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