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If you regularly suffer from blocked pores, knowing the cause can help you to avoid them and take the right action to make sure they stay clear and healthy. Check out our list of common pore blockers and the best way to combat them and you’ll be well on your way to clear and healthy skin.

1. Make-up

Make-up is one of the key culprits when it comes to blocked skin as it can irritate sensitive skin. If you notice that your skin flares up or suffers an acne breakout after using certain colours or make-up brands, it’s best you try removing them from your routine to see if the condition improves.

2. Oily Skin

Dehydration, genetics and hormones can all be causes of excess oil production which can be one of the key causes of blocked pores. While you can’t fight against the likes of genetics, simply keeping your skin clean and moisturised will be a great start and provide the best defence against those pesky clogged pores.

3. Hands

Hands can have a really bad impact on your skin as they are quite often laden with germs, so it’s best to try and keep them off your face as much as possible. Not only will it protect your pores but will also help to protect you against illnesses. If your hands are dirty and come into contact with your face, they leave behind dirt, germs and bacteria that will worm their way into your pores and clog them up really quickly. Make sure your hands are clean first if you must touch your face!

4. Dirty Skin

It sounds like common sense but it’s essential that you cleanse your skin thoroughly every day and night. Avoid wearing makeup to bed at all costs and be sure to wash your skin well at night with a cleanser designed to work for your specific skin type. Your skin is exposed to dirt, bacteria and environmental toxins throughout the day which must be removed before bedtime if you want your skin to be healthy.

5. Dead Skin Cells

Dead skin cells are just a part of life and something we all have as part of our skin renewal cycle. While they can make skin appear dull and tired, the good news is that you can get rid of them with regular exfoliation treatments. Use an exfoliator while you’re in the shower and this will help slough away the dead skin, keeping it out of your pores. Regular microdermabrasion is also a god send for dull and tired skin. Find out more about how a SkinBase Facial can improve the appearance of your skin, here.

  • We mention oily skin is a real culprit when it comes to blocked pores, but luckily, our pals over at Cosmo have a blog which is all about getting rid of oily skin, for good!

  • We mention the importance of washing your skin day and night. Marie Claire has some top tips on how to make sure you are doing this effectively so your skin is left squeaky clean and looking its best, at all times.



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