How to Treat Clogged Skin Pores

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When treating clogged skin pores, it is important to use a cleanser or moisturizer with salicylic acid on a daily basis. Try prescription products to help treat clogged pores with advice from a dermatologist in this free video on skin care.

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I'm Dr. Rosalyn George from Wilmington Dermatology Center in Wilmington, North Carolina and I'd like to give you some tips for treating clogged pores. So, most people with clogged pores think that their face is dirty so they try to cleanse it. While cleansing is important, that's not the real problem. The problem with people with clogged pores is that their skin cells are sticky and so, they stick together more than the average person cells do and hence, their pores get clog more easily. So, really you have to do preventive maintenance to keep those pores from getting closed. One of the best things that you can do is use a cleanser with salicylic acid. Alternative to that are alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and lactic acid. There are also moisturizers that have salicylic acid in them, so they, you can use those on a daily basis to keep your pores from getting clogged and then, seeking the help of a professional. There are prescription products like Retinoids or Retin-A that are very good in keeping those skin cells from getting too sticky. And then, there are also things like microdermabrasion and chemical peels that can keep a good skin maintenance routines to keep your skin looking its best. The biggest one that people will see is acne, white heads, black heads and then, there are also these little white heads that are called milia; they get kind of look like they're stuck underneath the skin and there's really nothing that you can do except extract those. A lot of people try to manipulate their faces themselves which is a really really bad idea because manipulation can really result in scarring. And once the scars are there, there's not a lot you can do to fix that. And there are actual tools that dermatologists use to extract those cysts underneath the skin, but you really want to leave that to a professional. That was some basic information, but before you start any skin care program or have any procedures, please consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist.

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