A thorough, deep cleansing of facial pores can be tricky to accomplish. Often, a particular product either doesn’t work well enough or works too well, causing redness and irritation. Here, we’ll review some simple steps for deep pore cleansing without redness, irritation or flaking.
Choosing the Right Products
When shopping for facial products, seek out those which have been specifically designed to clean deep. While not usually stated on the product label, how deep a product cleans is directly related to the molecule size of its active ingredients. For example, an acne product designed to send bacteria-killing medication deep below the skin’s surface is typically created using extremely small micro-particles of the active ingredient. The smaller the ingredient particle, the more layers it can penetrate.
In addition to a cleanser designed to penetrate deeply into skin, a well-rounded deep-cleansing skin care routine should also include a manual exfoliator, a toner and a moisturizer.
A manual exfoliator may be as simple as a washcloth or as advanced as a hand-held sonic-vibration brush. Regardless of the method you choose, remember to use gentle pressure. Don’t try to ‘press’ the exfoliator into working; its surface has been designed to work with minimal pressure. Over-use of manual exfoliators is a classic cause of painful, unsightly redness, swelling, irritation and flaking. If you notice any of these symptoms, discontinue exfoliating for a few days and be very gentle when you cleanse your face. In addition, remember that not every face can handle being exfoliated every day. A large portion of skin types benefits the most from every-other-day exfoliation.
Toners are designed to sweep away any lingering product residue and leave your skin refreshed. Many contain alcohol, but there are plenty of alcohol-free versions designed for those with sensitive skin. To use, soak a clean cotton ball with toner and swipe across the face, neck and chest.
Choosing a moisturizer can be difficult when dealing with problem or oily skin. Many people make the mistake of thinking their skin is so oily, they don’t need a moisturizer. This is completely false and can actually make acne worse by forcing the skin to pump out even more natural oils. Those with oily skin should choose a water-based gel-formula moisturizer. Regardless of your skin type, if deep cleansing is a concern, it’s best to choose a moisturizer which is labeled as non-comedogenic. These products have been specially designed not to clog pores. If you’re tackling extreme problem skin, consider a water-based, gel-formula moisturizer regardless of your skin type. Once your skin becomes more clear, you may find that it requires a richer level of moisturization. While you’re clearing problem skin, however use the lightest formula possible without leaving your face feeling tight or dry.
Following A Routine
Perhaps the most important aspect of any deep-cleansing skin care regimen is following a routine. Far too many people start out with good intentions, only to fall short. They purchase all the right products and tools, but only use them sporadically. In order to create optimal skin, set up a routine of cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing every morning and evening – then stick to it. While it may seem annoying at first, soon it will become part of your everyday schedule.