Clearing Clogged Pores and Skin Congestion with Active Botanicals

clogged pores

Think back to some of the many products you may have tried, hoping to clear your pores or minimize their appearance. If you’re like most people concerned about bumps, blackheads, or breakouts, you’ve likely encountered more than your fair share of over-hyped products that caused more skin issues than you bargained for. Instead of silky-smooth skin and clear pores, your reflection reveals flaking, irritation, bumps, or breakouts.

If clogged pores and skin congestion are a persistent problem, maybe you’ve been placing your trust in the wrong type of products. Most conventional skincare products developed to keep pores clear of oil and debris are made with harsh abrasives, artificial fragrances, and questionable compounds that can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier. Many contain chemicals that have never been evaluated for consumer safety. With daily use, chemical-laden creams, lotions, and serums can inflame sensitive skin, clog your pores, and compromise your skin’s ability to function as it should. 

If your current skincare routine hasn’t been delivering the clear, vibrant complexion you deserve, if your reflection reveals clogged pores and congestion, maybe it’s time to try plant-based products formulated to nurture and protect your skin while balancing oil production, skin cell turnover, and moisture retention.

The Many Potential Causes of Clogged Pores

Your pores are located directly over your sebaceous glands, the glands that produce the oil (sebum) that protects your skin from irritation and moisture loss. Those natural oils also carry debris and dead skin cells from the bottom of your pores to the surface where they are easily whisked away. When oil production and skin cell turnover function optimally, your pores essentially take care of themselves.

When essential skin processes are disrupted, oil and dead skin cells can get trapped in your pores. If a clogged pore remains open, the trapped sebum oxidizes and darkens, forming a blackhead. If pore-clogging debris traps bacteria, you’ve got a situation that can trigger an inflammatory response from your immune system.

While heredity, certain medications, and hormonal fluctuations can have a considerable impact on the condition of your pores, many other factors can also lead to congestion and blockage, including:1,2

  • Environmental pollution
  • Inconsistent skincare habits
  • Impaired skin cell turnover
  • Oil and bacteria transfer from hands to face
  • Comedogenic (pore blocking) product ingredients 
  • Irritation from aggressive treatment

Small Changes to Your Skincare Routine Could Deliver Favorable Results

When skincare products cause dryness, irritation, or inflammation, your skin compensates for moisture loss by increasing oil production. The more oil your skin produces, the more your follicles and pores stretch to accommodate the amount of oil secreted. Once pores enlarge, they’re more susceptible to blockage from discarded skin cells and accumulated oil. As excess oils and discarded cells build up, the walls of your pores expand to accommodate debris in the canal.3

If you’re troubled by enlarged pores, specks of visible blockage, or frequent breakouts, your skin may be sounding an alarm, sending signals that your skincare routine may have taken a turn down the wrong path. To help clear your skin without compromising its natural restorative properties, consider the following suggestions:

Avoid Stripping Your Skin with Harsh Cleansers

  • If your cleanser leaves your face feeling tight or looking dry and uncomfortable, you could be using a product that’s too harsh for your skin type or over-washing. If you’re a chronic over-washer, consider switching to a skin-friendly oil, jojoba or argan, for example, to remove dirt, excess oil, or makeup. After wiping the oil away with a damp cloth, follow with a soap-free, fragrance-free cleanser. Since oil dissolves oil and fragrance-free products are less likely to irritate your skin, the combination of a natural oil and gentle cleanser could help clear your pores.

Use a Toner to Restore Your Skin’s Natural pH Balance

  • Environmental pollutants, sun exposure, cosmetics, and cleansers can alter the acidity of your skin’s natural protective barrier. When that barrier is compromised, your skin is more susceptible to bacteria, allergens, and moisture loss. As moisture levels decrease, your skin becomes less absorbent. Using a gentle toner immediately after cleansing restores your skin’s pH balance. Once that balance is restored, your skin is far more receptive to the benefits of the active ingredients in your serums and moisturizers. Plus, swiping a toner over freshly cleansed skin removes any lingering residue from your cleanser that could clog your pores.4

Reevaluate Your Exfoliation Habits

  • While removing lingering surface cells helps keep pores clear and complexions flake-free, many skincare enthusiasts use scrubs, masks, and chemical exfoliators too aggressively, too often. Over-exfoliated skin can look dry, rough, and irritated. When underlying skin layers are exposed prematurely, skin can develop a shiny, wax-like appearance. Either way, over-exfoliated skin needs time to heal. Once your skin recovers from the damage, you’ll likely find that washing your face with a soft cloth a few times each week is all you need to keep your skin looking smooth and radiant.5

Consider Adding Hyaluronic Acid to Your Routine

  • Hyaluronic acid is a lightweight, moisture-binding skin lubricant shown to help with tissue repair and moisture retention. Found naturally in nearly every cell in your body, most of the hyaluronic acid in your body is dedicated to protecting your skin. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid revives depleted skin by attracting moisture from its surroundings. When your skin no longer has to work overtime to retain essential moisture, oil production falls back in line. You may even find the added boost of hydration firms the skin surrounding your pores, making them appear considerably smaller. That’s a significant plus for those of us whose pores enlarge as collagen production declines.6,7

Support Your Skin’s Health Potential with Plant-Based Products

  • Most people don’t realize how many chemicals and compounds used by the health and beauty industry are developed to mimic the effects of natural plant elements. Since so many of those chemicals end up causing more skin problems than they solve, more people than ever before are reducing their exposure by switching to plant-based skincare products with active botanicals. Those looking to clear their pores while supporting healthy skin functions are turning to serums, toners, and moisturizers enhanced with the skin-soothing potential of hemp-derived CBD. 

Discover the Pore-Clearing Potential of BOTA™ CBD Skincare Products

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 113+ compounds found in hemp plants. It’s a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has the ability to act on cannabinoid receptors that are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Plant cannabinoids, also known as phytocannabinoids, bind with this system which helps regulate certain vital functions of the body, including sleep, appetite, immune, pleasure, pain, inflammation, and more! 

When the ECS is in sync, the human body is able to achieve what is called homeostasis, which means your body is operating at optimally. 

In many ways, CBD-infused skincare products work just like any other CBD product, the tinctures, gummies, or capsules you might already be using. With plant-based CBD skincare, the therapeutic potential is delivered directly to receptors that may help influence the health and appearance of your skin.12

That’s why all BOTA™ skincare products are formulated with pure, potent hemp-derived CBD and other active botanicals selected for their verifiable skin benefits. If you’re less than happy with the results of your current skincare routine, consider switching to high-quality skincare products formulated to nurture, protect, and revitalize your skin naturally. If you’re bothered by the condition of your pores, consider investigating the following BOTA™ CBD skincare products:

BOTA™ Balancing Micellar Cleansing Toner + Witch Hazel

  • Immediately after cleansing, restore the delicate pH balance of your skin with BOTA™ Balancing Micellar Toner. This refreshing, natural toner is formulated with a proprietary blend of witch hazel, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and honeysuckle, a plant extract shown to soothe irritation and calm inflammation.8

BOTA™ Age-Defying Hyaluronic Acid Serum

  • While your skin is still damp from toning, apply BOTA™ Hyaluronic Acid Serum, a lightweight, nurturing, protective serum that delivers a boost of hydration far below the surface of your skin. Suitable for all skin types, our age-defying serum also contains manuka oil, meadowfoam oil, and ginger root.9,10,11   

BOTA™ Daily Face Lotion or Daily Defense Cream

  • After applying your hyaluronic acid serum, protect your skin with your favorite BOTA™ facial moisturizer. BOTA™ Daily Defense Cream has a thicker consistency and forms an ultra-hydrating barrier on the surface of your skin. Our BOTA™ Daily Defense Lotion is lightweight and easily absorbed. Also formulated for all skin types, this collagen enhancing moisturizer delivers a healthy glow and helps boost the effects of your hyaluronic acid serum.

Many people battling signs of skin congestion mistakenly believe harsh cleansers and frequent exfoliation will clear their pores. Most often, those aggressive measures are counterproductive. If the products you’re using are irritating or dehydrating your skin, causing excess oil production, or encouraging pore-clogging flakes, consider investing in plant-powered skincare enhanced with the therapeutic potential of hemp-derived CBD.

To learn more about the many potential benefits of CBD skincare or view our collection of face and body products, visit BOTA™ hemp. All BOTA™ skincare products are third-party tested, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.

Additional Sources:

  1. Medical New Today. J Fletcher. (2020 May 27) How to Clear and Prevent Clogged Pores.
  2. Mayo Clinic. (2020) Acne.
  3. Prairie Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery. (2020) Why Do Some People Have Bigger Pores Than Others?
  4. Journal of Clinical Medicine. D Panther, S Jacob. (2015 May 04) The Importance of Acidification in Atopic Eczema: The Underexplored Avenue for Treatment.
  5. Healthline. J Yarbrough. (2019 May 14) Health the Face Acids: Here’s How to Know If Your Over-Exfoliating.
  6. Journal of Anatomy. H Oxlund, T Andreassen. (1980 December 13) The Roles of Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, and Elastin in the Mechanical Properties of Connective Tissue.
  7. Dermato Endocrinology. Eleni Papakonstantinou et al. (2012 July 01) Hyaluronic Acid: A Key Molecule in Skin Aging.
  8. Organic Facts. J Staughton. (2020 February 03) 12 Amazing Benefits of Honeysuckle.
  9. Prevention. K Carter. (2013 July 08) The Wrinkle Fix of the Future.
  10. Wellness Universe. P Luzi. (2019 August 18) The Benefits of Meadowfoam Seed OiI.
  11. Ageless Allure Medispa. (2018 August 01) The Benefits of Ginger.
  12. Echo Connection. (2017) CBD Has Antioxidant and Neuroprotective Properties. What Does That Mean? 


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