How To Decongest Your Pores

We all know that feeling of looking into those ultra-magnifying mirrors and finding all the pores, blackheads and blemishes we never knew existed (and wished we didn’t). While the standard reaction would be to squeeze those notoriously clogged pores, it’s definitely not the recommended solution.

From blackheads to sebaceous filaments (don’t worry I’ll explain in a bit), read on to find out the right way to decongest the different types of clogged pores that show up on the different parts of your face.

Clogged Pores On Your Nose

Let’s face it. Getting blackheads and clogged pores on our noses are inevitable. Not only does it have the greatest oil gland activity, but the creases around our noses also make it the prime spot for oil and dirt to get trapped. 

Because our noses secrete the most sebum, products containing salicylic acid would be a great option to keep those blackheads at bay. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, meaning that it has the ability to penetrate deep into your pores to dissolve and cleanse dead skin and oil that causes your blackheads! Think of it as a vacuum cleaner that will suck up all the gunk that’s stuck in your pores.

How To Treat It


We recommend First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads which is formulated with 2% Salicylic Acid to absorb all the impurities accumulated in the pores of your nose. These alcohol-free treatment pads give you clearer and brighter complexion without stripping the natural moisture from your skin!

Just take a single pad and wipe over your nose areas daily, taking extra care to targe nooks and crannies to prevent those unsightly blackheads from forming!


If you’re worried about salicylic acid being too drying, we recommend using an oil-free moisturiser like Philosophy’s Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream after cleansing.

Unlike other areas like our forehead or cheeks, our nose can generally handle not being moisturised because it produces a lot of its own oil. So it’s best for us to avoid moisturisers that are too rich or greasy and stick to the lightweight gels instead. 

Clogged Pores On Your Forehead And Cheeks

If you struggle with clogged pores on your forehead and cheeks, you probably have oily or combination skin. This also explains your why your pores may seem more noticeable as compared to those with drier skin types. 

Clogged pores on the forehead are often associated with an oily T-zone and can be worse for people with short fringes. This is because fringes make it harder for your pores to breathe, increasing the secretion of sebum and the accumulation of sweat. On the other hand, clogged pores on your cheeks are often caused by the lack of proper cleansing and can be especially prevalent for people who wear makeup on a daily basis.

How To Treat It


To decongest those pores, try double cleansing. Start off with an oil-based cleanser like Shu Uemura’s Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil. This cleanser will dive deep into your pores to wash away all that product and oil buildup.

Following that, use a water-based cleanser like Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. This is great for people with oily or combination skin, especially when it comes to getting rid of all the extra sebum that the skin produces.



On top of proper cleansing, we also recommend using a sebum controlling or clay-based mask such as Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Face Mask to absorb any excess oil and dirt in the skin. As people with oily or combination skin tend to have enlarged pores, masking at least once or twice a week will help to control the amount of sebum excreted and at the same time, make them less visible.

Clogged Pores On Your Chin

A common misconception people have is that the small bumps they see on their chin are whiteheads or blackheads when in actual fact, they’re sebaceous filaments. These are tiny collections of sebum and dead skin cells around hair follicles and unlike blackheads, are not squeezable.

How To Treat

The good thing about this is that they are naturally occurring formations that are rather harmless. But, if you find them unsightly and want to get rid of them, you can gently exfoliate your chin with products containing Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA). These acids will act as chemical exfoliants that can facilitate the natural shedding process of your skin. 


We are loving REN’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic which stimulates the skin’s natural exfoliation. This toner is great for getting rid of dead skin cells, revealing smoother and brighter skin with every use. One thing to take note though is that products with AHA should be followed up with the application of sunscreen. This is because this AHA has the ability to increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, making it more prone to sunburns–something we definitely don’t want.


If you’re looking for a physical exfoliant to get rid of these unsightly filaments, we recommend using Pilling Bean’s Premium Coffee Scrub Cleanser once or twice a week.  Comprised of natural ingredients, this product comes in the form of a small coffee bean, which is to be dissolved in water to form fine coffee grains. These coffee grains can then serve to remove all that pesky grime and also prevent the secretion of unwanted sebum.

Perfect skin isn’t something we’re all born with, but it’s definitely something we can all achieve! It just takes a little time and a whole lot of TLC. We hope this friendly guide has helped you on your way to achieving your dream complexion, and we’d love to hear some of your very own skin hacks in the comments below!

With love,






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