Pore Chores: 6 Ways to Unclog ‘Em

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Are you using the most effective method?

Pores are the tiny openings through which the oil, or sebum, produced by your body is transmitted to the surface of your skin. Your pores can become clogged for a number of reasons – excess oil resulting from hormonal changes, dry skin, a buildup of dead skin cells, or dirt and oil becoming stuck beneath the surface.

Clogged Pores

When the skin closes over the top of  a clogged pore, you get a pimple – aka a closed comedone. When it doesn’t, you get a blackhead – aka an open comedone. There is a specific set of rules for popping pimples, but there are many ways to unclog pores and get rid of blackheads. We’ve scored each so you can minimize pores with minimal effort.


Pore Strips

There’s something oddly rewarding about peeling off a pore strip and examining all the gunk you’ve just pulled out of your face. But their effectiveness holds far less satisfaction. Pore strips contain water-activated ingredients that adhere to the top layers of dirt, oil and dead skin cells. What you see in the marvelous display of debris on a used strip is merely what’s on the surface of your skin. So, while they’re undeniably fun and cost-effective, pore strips are not the best long-term solution for eliminating clogged pores.

Pore Score: 4/10



Where sheet masks lock moisture in, clay masks soak up excess oil in the hopes of cleaning out pores. Unfortunately, this method can strip your skin of necessary moisture, so stick to proven formulas that contain ingredients like sulfur, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, and only use once a week.

Pore Score: 5/10



Choose a scrub with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid. The exfoliators help remove the top layer of dead skin cells, dirt and oil, and the salicylic acid will help draw out impurities from deep within clogged pores. But don’t go overboard trying to see results faster; you can damage your skin scrubbing too hard or too often. Scrubs are a once-a-week only kind of method.

Pore Score: 6/10


Extraction Tool

A comedone extractor unclogs pores in a precise manner – aka without using your fingers. The small loop targets whiteheads, while the flat loop helps get rid of blackheads. It is undeniably effective, but the technique can be difficult to master. If done wrong, you might do more harm than good, leaving scars or forcing impurities deeper into the pore. Translation: do your homework before you decide to go down this route.

Pore Score: 8/10


Facial Cleansing Brush

Keep your pores from clogging in the first place by adding a sonic face brush to your cleansing routine. The T-Sonic pulsations of LUNA exfoliate dead skin cells and lift away impurities that can clog your pores. It’s gentle enough to use twice a day every day, so it’s like giving yourself a mini-facial at home.

Pore Score: 9/10


Professional Facial

The most effective way to extract gunk from clogged pores is to schedule an appointment with a professional. They know exactly how to get rid of blackheads, and can do so without damaging the surrounding skin while you lay back and relax to soothing spa sounds.

Pore Score: 10/10

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Katie Steadman is a native Texan roaming Asia with a penchant for writing, and solving sudoku puzzles at breakneck speed.

31 responses to “Pore Chores: 6 Ways to Unclog ‘Em”

  1. Jordan mckay says:

    I wash my face 3 times a day but is till get acne and I hate looking in the mirror now because my face looks terrible. I need help plz

    • FOREO says:

      Hi, Jordan!
      What do you use to wash your face? Maybe your skincare products don’t work for you?

  2. Teighan says:

    I wash my face twice a day and i drink plenty of water and all the other things everyone should know i do , but i still have bad acne and blackheads and my pores are getting bigger on my cheeks and they’re becoming more noticeable.

  3. JA Morris says:

    I have huge blackhead/ clogged pore( actually can feel something below , dirty blackhead is what it appears ( huge) surrounded by small ones, can’t get gone ? Plz I hate this nasty mess, would cutting/ lancing help?tried all

    • FOREO says:

      Don’t worry, we can help you! 🙂

      Please check our new and amazing Luna 3, T-Sonic pulsations will help you unclog your pores and cleanse your skin more than anything. In addition, you check the makeup or cleansers you usually use for your skincare routine and see if they are causing your pores to clog more than they would. Luna 3 => https://www.foreo.com/luna-3

      However, please note that if you have any medical concerns will strongly recommend consulting with your dermatologist.

  4. Jainie says:

    Sometimes washing your face too much also causing blackheads and acne, as you’re stripping your skin of the natural oils it needd

    • FOREO says:

      This is indeed correct, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  5. Ukeithia Rainey says:

    I have pimples and very large open pores on my cheeks and nose. I wash my face twice a day but I have yet to see results.

    • carly says:

      This is troublesome when you are trying to solve skin issues such as this but if you ever need a helping hand I would recommend The Espada device to help blitz the pimples before they form! Check this handy device on foreo.com

  6. anindita says:

    i have oily skin with acne scars and whiteheads..how to clean my face.

    • carly says:

      Hey please follow these tips to help out but I would also recommend looking at the LUNA Range to have a device that would help assist you further.

  7. Brenda says:

    I have never had such a problem with my face as I have the last two weeks.I have like some kinda pus in my pores.I have red spots from trying to get this mess off my face.Please Help

    • carly says:

      Dear Brenda, Sorry to hear this and of course I can understand that this is causing you some distress. First of all when you skin reacting as quickly as this I would recommend you see a dermatologist to see what the route cause might be. Also we have this neat device called the ESPADA that may help you with stopping further break outs on your skin using Blue LED Light technology. You can see the device first hand on foreo.com

      We hope this helps and good luck in getting clear skin once again 🙂

  8. J says:

    I have struggled with acne for 8 years and I’ve recently gotten control over my acne (still get some spots every now and then) but my pores have gotten worse! I used to have barely visible pores but now they’re big and clogged and when I extract them, I wake up and they’re clogged again! Sometimes when I extract pores, it gives me a big spot too! I have tried many pore strips which don’t seem to work for me, what could this be?

    • carly says:

      Dear J, In this case, we would recommend contacting your dermatologist or doctor to assist you further as excess oil can be a lifestyle factor, hereditary or hormonal factor so they can assess this and recommend the best course of action to help combat the excess oil. Hope this helps and good luck!

  9. Ane says:

    I’m using a bubble cleaner for blackhead removal and it sure does that – I can see that my skin in the problem areas afterwards is visibly taut and blackhead free. My problem comes even after. Since I have dry skin I need to moisturise quickly so even if I just pat on a toner with hydraulonic acid, I somehow have blackheads immediately again. Even if I delay post-moisturising, I think it’s my natural oils that fill up my cleaned pores again. What do I do?

    • carly says:

      Dear Ane, I’m sorry to hear your skin is prone to blackheads and you have trouble unclogging your pores. Please note that you should never over use the moisturizers, as using thicker coats of moisturizer can clog your pores. You should still moisturize, but make sure to use a lightweight non-comedogenic moisturizer. Non-comedogenic oils will help keep your dry skin supple and will not clog your pores. Hyaluronic acid by itself doesn’t clog pores, but make sure to check the ingredient list of your toner to ensure it doesn’t contain any pore-clogging ingredients and ruins your efforts. All the best 🙂

  10. Cienna Hill says:

    My skin develops blackheads ,whiteheads and pimples which mostly occur on my chin, cheeks, forehead and nose .I wash my face at least two times a day ,I do touch my face a lot and I try to declutter my skin with my fingers a lot I don’t know if that is the problem or if I need to change my diet ,please can you help me

    • carly says:

      Hi Cienna! I know that must be frustrating. There are many contributing factors to acne, but changing your diet surely can help a lot! Please read our other article called The Acne Diet: A Beginner’s Guide to Clear Skin Eating at https://www.foreo.com/mysa/best-diet-get-rid-acne/ which tells you exactly what to eat and what to avoid eating. Good luck!

  11. Nantucket Charlie says:

    I know people need to get paid, but why can’t spa professionals just tell us what we need to do? Do they have some special spa-only potions and tools that exist in secrecy and are handed down from generation to generation of spa professionals? If so, how do I get in on that? Because honestly I can’t believe that an article would list all the ways that kinda work and then keep the one foolproof way a secret.

    • carly says:

      Dear Charlie, I’m sorry you feel like we’re hiding something 🙂 As in every profession, there are simply some things untrained people are not able to do. That is why we believe you should try the home remedies if you want, like many people do (and it does work for them) or schedule an appointment with a professional, as there are no magic potions to help overnight. It is better to let someone who studied all the techniques and really is a professional in what they do to help you get rid of blackheads and unclog your pores. Hope you understand! Kindest regards 🙂

  12. Princess says:

    Have done Evertin I could jus to get rid of my pimples but all in vain at a point I stopped using any product on my face but everyday still gets worse now have been told to use moko spirit or crusader soap pls wat shud I do.will they be suitable for me.help pls..

    • carly says:

      Hi there! Please note that there are a lot of different causes for acne (stress, bad diet or hormonal changes…). Black soap is great because it is gentle on the skin and at the same time effective in clearing acne. But kindly note that it does not clear your face overnight! You have to be patient, it may take a few weeks to reach its full effect. Best regards 🙂

  13. Katie says:

    I’m 17 and I have had clogged pores ever since I was 9. I don’t know why. I have been to doctors and I’ve been on medication for my acne for years but it doesn’t do anything about my blackheads. I have really oily skin too. My blackheads are all over my face: nose, forehead, chin, lips, cheeks, in between my eyebrows and up into my hair line. I have tried every possible product. I wash my face twice a day. I exfoliate. I use moisturiser. I use face masks. I have zero confidence within myself when around other people because I know they are judging me. I hate the way I look. Any advice?

    • carly says:

      Hi Katie! There can be many causes for acne. You can read our post on Acne Diet to maybe find some useful tips on what foods to eat/avoid. You can also check out our ESPADA device that helps fight acne. Hope this helps! Take care <3

  14. Chris says:

    Katie, you should go to a dermatologist. They have stronger strength medicine and tools, such a a monthly chemical peel even, that can be used on a routine basis to stop this cycle you are suffering from. Over the counter products or tools sometimes don’t work when you really need them to. I’m disappointed with the answers they are providing out here as they seem to only care about selling their product.

    • carly says:

      Hi Chris, we appreciate your honesty. However, we believe in the quality of our ESPADA™ which is why we encourage Katie to try using it to solve the problem with acne. Similarly, for fighting blackheads, we suggest using our LUNA™ range of products as they have proved to be very efficient in getting rid of them. Of course, before making any purchase, Katie should consult with a professional dermatologist. Rest assured that our sincere intention is to offer helpful solutions. We wish you a nice day 🙂

  15. K. Inovito yeptho says:

    Location of selling this product and if I order in India/nagaland. Will it reach me?

    • carly says:

      Hello there, thank you for setting this interesting question! Kindly note that you can order any FOREO device via official FOREO website and rest assured that it would be delivered to you. Hope we helped you! Kind regards 🙂

  16. Bob says:

    Can you please tell me natural ingredients for unplugging my pores. I have been getting a lot of acne and can feel the buildup on my forehead, especially my nose and chin.

    • carly says:

      Dear Bob, thank you for your comment. Kindly note that the best way to unclog your pores is through a thorough daily cleansing (morning and evening). Whenever we get this question, we always strongly recommend trying out our LUNA™ 3 for Sensitive Skin and ESPADA™. On the one side, LUNA™ 3 for Sensitive skin helps you deeply, yet smoothly clean the pores with its soft, gentle bristles. This device is usually used with our Micro-Foam cleanser that ensures your skin is cleaned gently, yet effectively. On the other side, right after you properly cleanse your face, we recommend using ESPADA™. Its blue light acne therapy works by firing LED light energy into pores to attack acne-causing bacteria — known as P. acnes — where it lives. ESPADA’s unique T-Sonic™ pulsations propel blue light wavelengths deeper, for an amplified effect. Feel free to read more about these devices in our FOREO Online Manuals: (link: https://www.foreo.com/support/manuals). Besides that, you can also battle acne by practicing a diet. We even posted an article telling you more about it: https://www.foreo.com/mysa/best-diet-get-rid-acne/. We hope this helps! May your weekend be filled with positivity! Kind regards 🙂

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