How to Treat Scaly Skin Caused by Clogged Pores

Use an exfoliating mask to slough off dead scaly skin.
Use an exfoliating mask to slough off dead scaly skin. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Clogged pores are an indication that your skin is oily and has not been properly deep-cleaned and exfoliated. Pores filled with hardened oil, dead skin and other debris will cause the surface of your skin to feel rough and scaly. If you want to have a smoother skin texture, you will need to extract the debris from your pores and exfoliate your skin. Deep-cleaning clogged pores and treating scaly skin is something you can do at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Oily skin cleanser
  • Large metal bowl
  • Towels
  • 2 strips of cotton, 1 inch wide and 2 inches long
  • Exfoliating facial mask
  • Oily skin toner
  • Cotton ball or pad
  • Oily skin moisturizer

Washing your face with a cleanser formulated for oily skin. After gently massaging the cleanser into your skin, thoroughly rinse it off with warm water. Blot your face dry.

Fill a large metal bowl with hot -- although not boiling -- water and place the bowl on a table. Sit in front of the bowl in a chair that will position you comfortably so that you can hold your face over the bowl.

Hold your wrist over the water to check the temperature of the steam, making sure that it's not too hot for steaming your face. If the steam does not feel too hot, position your face a comfortable distance away from the water and drape a towel over your head, to form a tent-like shape, so that the steam does not escape.

Steam your face for no more than 10 minutes. Reduce the amount of time if the steam becomes too hot for you. Steaming opens pores and helps loosen the debris inside them. Blot your face dry after you have finished steaming.

Wrap a strip of cotton around the tips of both of your forefingers.

Place one forefinger on one side of a clogged pore and the other forefinger on the other side of the pore. Press down and in to force the contents of the clogged pore out. Use this method to extract impurities from all of your clogged pores.

Rinse your face with warm water and blot it dry.

Apply an exfoliating mask and leave it on according to the product’s instructions. Rinse off the mask with warm water and blot your face dry.

Wipe your face with a toner-moistened cotton ball or pad. Spread a thin film of moisturizer formulated for oily skin on your face while your skin is still damp.

Tips & Warnings

  • For professional results, have a licensed esthetician treat your skin.
  • Never continue to steam your face if you feel any discomfort or burning.
  • Immediately remove any exfoliating product if it starts to burn or irritate your skin.

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  • “Milady’s Standard Textbook for Professional Estheticians”; Joel Gerson; 1999
  • “Naturally Healthy Skin”; Stephanie Tourles; 1999
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