5 Super-Satisfying Ways to Unclog Facial Pores – Dr Theva’s options when it comes to unclogging facial pores

Posted by Dr Theva in Face Care, Skin.

Find out the safest ways to unclog facial pores. Plus my favourite and most effective treatment yet!

Most people are under the assumption that you can completely erase the existence of your pores. I’m here to tell you that is simply NOT the case.

Like many other physical traits, your pores are determined by genetics. The size and the number of pores you have are determined by your gender and ethnicity. That’s not something you can just erase.

The aim, when we talk about reducing pores, is to reduce their appearance. By unclogging them we allow oxygen to flow freely through the pores. In turn, bacteria doesn’t build up and cause further skin issues.

Below I discuss the most popular options for unclogging facial pores PLUS my favourite and most effective treatment yet.


Yes, those adhesive strips we are all too familiar with from our teenage years. The pore strips are a popular option in removing blackheads around the nose.

They are made with bonding agents that act as a magnet lifting away dirt from deep down in the pores.

As satisfying as it may be, peeling off a pore strip and examining all the gunk, it’s not a along term solution for maintaining clear pores.

And, if you have skin allergies or sensitive skin you should stay clear of them altogether. Mild skin damage may be caused when pulling off the strip. This causes skin irritation, excess oil production and even more blackheads.


Masks are luxurious at home treatment for oily or dry and dull skin. They can draw out impurities in the skin and remove dead skin cells. You need to know the difference and which is best for your skin type.

Clay masks soak up excess oils. These should be used if you have oily skin. Stick to masks with bentonite clay. The clay draws out excess oils while simultaneously nourishing the skin.

Sheet masks lock in moisture and are great for dull dry skin.

Charcoal masks remove dirt, pollution, and toxins from pores. But some may strip your skin of necessary moisture. In this instance stick to proven formulas that contain ingredients like salicylic acid. And, only use these once a week.


Exfoliation can take on several different forms. Essentially it’s a treatment that cleanses the skin and removes dead skin cells. Which can prevent pores from becoming clogged in the first place.

There are 2 types, physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators (chemical peels).

Physical exfoliators use brushes, scrubs and cleansing cloths. They can be performed in the comfort of your own home.

Chemical exfoliators contain alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid). They should only be performed by a board certified dermatologist. Chemical exfoliators can be damaging and harsh on the skin. It’s important that the treatment is performed by a professional and tailored to your skin type.


During a facial treatment, a skincare specialist or dermatologist may offer skin extractions. Using a metal extractor tool or their hands, they manually apply pressure around clogged pores. This extracts the content of blackheads.

Manual extraction can sometimes be painful and a laborious process that can leave your face red and swollen. That’s why we prefer HydraFacial as our go to treatment to unclog pores.


HydraFacial is by far our FAVOURITE option.

HydraFacial can effectively extract debris and dead skin to unclog pores and is a pain-free skin resurfacing treatment that achieves the results of an advanced facial in just 30 minutes.

The secret to HydraFacial is a patented spiral tip. It can simultaneously exfoliate, clear blocked pores, and deliver nourishing serums. Immediately after your treatment, you will see an instantly noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture.

HydraFacial delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, and immediately effective. It is great as an anti-aging treatment for fine lines and for skin rejuvenation.

It is ideal for all skin types and targets hyperpigmentation, oily/congested pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

HydraFacial is by far the most effective way to extract gunk from clogged pores.

Schedule an appointment with a professional such as us. We know exactly how to draw out the impurities from your pores and can do so without damaging the surrounding skin while you lay back and relax to soothing spa sounds.

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