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Blocked pores or clogged pores develop when dust, dirt or oils get trapped in the small open pores of your skin. Pores are tiny openings on the surface of the skin to secrete oils from the glands in our body. Clogging of pores due to dirt can lead to recurring acne and breakouts. In this article we touch upon several factors impacting Oily Skin and Blocked Pores. We shall also discuss some natural exfoliation methods which can be done from the comfort of your home.

The whiteheads and blackheads that appear on out nose, chin and cheeks are caused when the pores are filled with dust particles. This problem is faced by people who have oily skin and the dust sticks to the oil on the skin surface leading to clogging. In fact, the clogged pores are not only built on the face but also on the other body parts such as the neck, back, chest and even scalp.


Acne and clogged pores mostly happen during the adolescent period because the hormones at the puberty stage stimulate the glands that produce oil. The main cause of clogged pores is excessive oil secretion and building up of dead cells. Also, using harmful chemical-based products, genetics, hormonal changes, oily and junk food, picking at pimples, pollution, scrubbing your skin too hard can be the major reasons for pores getting clogged. A lot of dirt and oil inside a pore can lead to pimples, redness and irritation.

oily skin and blocked pores

A gentle and organic skincare routine can greatly help you go through this skin problem.


The chemicals present in market chemical-based products lead to clogging of pores as the pores get irritated by a harsh chemicals such as lanolin. Even if you find a product in the market written “oil-free” on it, it is not enough. The pores clogging ingredients can still be present in that product.

The moisturizers you use for the nourishment of your skin contain lanolin. That is highly comedogenic. The chemical lanolin attempts to flush itself out which consequently results in acne, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Also, algae extract can be found in most concealers that are rated a ‘5’ on the comedogenic scale. The algae extract has a high content of iodides that afflicts the pores and algae extract penetrates the pores and accelerates the growth of micro comedones.

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In addition, the fragrance used in most skincare products is artificial. These artificial fragrances greatly irritate the skin. Therefore it’s time to replace chemical-based cosmetics with natural scrubs and moisturizers for your skin that are chemical-free and will help in cleansing of your oily skin and blocked pores that are filled with dirt.


Nature has a solution for all your health and skin related problems without any side effects.

natural remedy for exfoliation

The natural exfoliators and cleansers with the refreshing fragrance of fruits will be beneficial for blocked pores. The results might take time but they will be permanent if you remain consistent –

  1. Coffee – As a Natural Exfoliator for Oily Skin and Blocked Pores

  • Take a bowl and add one tablespoon of coffee to it.
  • Now add one tablespoon of honey to the coffee and mix well.
  • Then add one tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel and mix it together.

Now gently scrub it on the clogged pores with your fingertips for 3 to 5 minutes. Wash it off with normal water.

You will see the immediate reduction of whiteheads and blackheads on the skin. Scrub thrice a week for better results.

coffee for natural exfoliation

  1. Tomato – As a Natural Exfoliator for Oily Skin and Blocked Pores

  • Take a fresh tomato and extract the juice out from it in a clean bowl.
  • Now add one teaspoon of sugar to it.
  • Add one teaspoon of honey to the mixture and mix all the three ingredients well

Now gently scrub your skin for 3 to 5 minutes.

The honey and tomato will nourish your skin deeply and the sugar will remove the dust and oils from your clogged pores.

Tomato and honey for exfoliation

  1. Chickpea Flour – As a Natural Exfoliator for Oily Skin and Blocked Pores

  • Take one tablespoon of pure honey in a bowl.
  • Add one tablespoon of wild turmeric powder to it and mix well.
  • Now add one teaspoon of chickpea flour and mix well. This will form a thick paste.

Apply the paste and scrub it very gently for 3 to 5 minutes. Wash it with normal tap water.

The goodness of turmeric will remove the dirt and toxins from your skin and give it a baby soft texture as well as a glowing complexion.

  1. Rice Water – As a Natural Exfoliator for Oily Skin and Blocked Pores

  • Take two tablespoons of rice water in a bowl.
  • Add two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel to it and mix well.
  • Now add one tablespoon of oatmeal powder to it. Mix all three ingredients and gently cleanse your skin.

This will lighten your dark spots, cleanse your pores and tighten them.

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  1. Coconut Oil – As a Natural Moisturizer

  • Take one tablespoon of coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Add one teaspoon of honey to it.
  • Now, puree the apple in a food processor and extract its juice.
  • Mix well all the three ingredients and your natural moisturizer is ready.

The fruit acids in this moisturizer, combined with the antibacterial properties of pure honey will make it a good choice for oily or acne-prone skin and will lead to unclogging of pores.

face scrub for blocked pores

Another way to keep the oily skin and blocked pores clean is by steaming the face regularly and removing the blackheads with a remover. Use a mild face wash twice a day to clear your skin. Also the most essential is to use a toner to close the pores so that they are not exposed to any dust particles or pollutants. One can apply a moisturizer after the toner has been used to clean the skin properly.

If the clogged pores persist and there is no relief from acne even after 3 months, then it is best to consult your doctor!

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Shivani Kapur

A Writer at Heart, an Engineer by Qualification, and a Soap Crafter by Profession, Shivani does not fear to speak her mind. This blog is a reflection of some of her thoughts, personal experiences mixed with some well researched information. Please feel free to reach out to her ( if you have any questions or concerns :-)


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