My 11 Tips For Clogged Pores & Product Suggestions!

My 11 Tips For Clogged Pores & Product Suggestions!

Hi babes!!


One of the most common questions I get is WHY ARE MY PORES CLOGGED?! Understandably so! Nobody likes clogged pores or dealing with congested breakout-y skin, but we’re all human & it happens to the best of us! The key is having a few tips in your back pocket for how to keep your skin healthy & pores clear long-term, as opposed to using band-aid solutions!

Pores get clogged when sweat, dirt, makeup, toxins, oil or dead skin cells get trapped in the opening of the pore & seep into the deep layers of skin, potentially leading to infection, inflammation &/or acne.

First, it’s important to understand WHY pores are clogged:

  • are you cleansing post-workout?
  • are you taking off makeup before bed?
  • are you eating lots of refined sugar, processed & fried food & not enough fruits, veggies, antioxidants & skin-clarifying foods?
  • are you taking care of your gut?
  • are you using high-quality skincare to fight acne & exfoliate dead skin?

Here are some of my tips:

  1. CLEANSE (but don’t overdo it!): Cleansing is crucial because it pulls impurities out, opens pores & gets rid of bacteria; always be careful with foam cleansers as they may damage the skin’s moisture barrier & make oily skin oilier & dry skin drier (in fact, believe it or not, if you have very oily skin, it’s actually better to fight the oil & control oil production with oil cleansers so that your skin doesn’t get dried out by foam cleansers & overcompensate by producing more oil).


  1. EXFOLIATE: enzyme & chemical exfoliation with AHA/BHA is your  #BFF; AHA actively breaks apart the « glue » holding dull dead skin on the surface & BHA penetrates deeper to remove dead cells & excess sebum; exfoliation also enhances absorption of your other skincare.
    1. To read more about my fave exfoliation products, click here: My Go-To Exfoliation Products


  1. EAT FOR BEAUTY & TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUT: say buh-bye to your high glycemic diet rich in sugar & simple carbs as it triggers overproduction of oil & go for lower glycemic foods, whole grains, greens, beans, probiotics, fruits & veggies.
  2. DAIRY/GLUTEN ELIMINATION DIET: do one at a time & see how your skin reacts with each elimination; both can be inflammatory triggers if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
    1. To read more about how I cut dairy, click here: My Tips To Make The Transition To a Dairy-Free Lifestyle Easier
  3. BLOT OIL AWAY: soak up excess oil during the day with blotting papers (vs. reapplying makeup & setting powders) to reduce the risk of congestion. I use Tatcha blotting papers.


  2. FIND A SKINCARE ROUTINE THAT WORKS & STICK TO IT: Don’t over-activate your skin or try new products every week.
    1. My fave clay products are Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, Charlotte Tilbury Clay Mask & Boscia Luminizing Clay Pink Mask
    2. My fave sulfur product is the Murad Sulfur Mask
    3. My fave activated charcoal product is the Clear Improvement Mask
    4. My fave oatmeal product is the First Aid Beauty Skin Repair Mask
    5. My fave hyaluronic acid products are the B-Hydra Gel Moisturizer & the Corpa Flora Hyaluronic Acid serum


  1. EGYPTIAN MAGIC (use it daily or as an overnight mask!) & NON-GENDER SPECIFIC SERUM for 2 all-around pore refining antibacterial skin glowing essentials!



  1. Nothing like proper HYDRATION to keep our skin glowing from the inside out!
  2. TRY NOT TO STRESS TOO MUCH; it gets better I promise, but it takes time & stress wrecks with hormones & makes it worse!



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