December 01, 2021 7 min read
Clogged pores on your face are not only annoying but unattractive. Whether it is a blackhead or a cyst, it makes sense for men not to want to deal with this sort of skin irritation.
Today, we will be providing you with a complete guide for identifying clogged pores on your face and understanding what causes them, how to treat them, and how to avoid them continuing to develop.
A pore is a small opening on your skin that is connected to your hair follicle. Pores function as escapes for sweat and oil, allowing these substances to reach the epidermis.
Pores that emit sweat are connected to glands called sudoriferous glands. Sweat is discharged from these glands and travels to the skin’s surface. The purpose of these pores is to maintain your body temperature, specifically when you are overheating.
Sweat pores are usually not visible to the blind eye, despite being located all over your body, because of how tiny they are.
There are also pores that specifically discharge oil.
These pores are connected to sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum. The intention is for sebum to reach the skin’s surface, act as a natural lubricant, and keep it looking and feeling healthy.
Similar to sweat pores, oil pores cover almost the entirety of your skin. Differently, however, these pores are visible, and it is noticeable when they are clogged.
While both of these pores have important functions, they do not always function correctly, resulting in a clogged pore. These pores, when left untreated, then develop into acne.
Acne is a skin condition that can occur anywhere that there are sebaceous glands, making sweat pores incapable of developing pimples. When sebum combines with dirt or dead skin cells and together clog the hair follicles, acne bacteria feed on the blockage, causing skin irritation.
There are different types of acne that can develop from a clogged pore, such as:
There are several triggers for clogged pores and acne that typically lead to excess sebum production. One of the most common is hormonal changes.
For example, when males begin puberty, their bodies will begin to increase their production of a hormone called androgen, a hormone that contributes to growth in men. Increases in androgen prompt the enlargement of sebaceous glands, increasing the rate of sebum production and the possibility for pore blockages.
Cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands and, in addition to acting as an alarm system for your body, keeps redness and swelling down and regulates your blood pressure. These hormones can bind to receptors in the sebaceous glands, increasing your body’s sebum production and the likelihood of clogged pores.
Before we begin to discuss the treatment options for the clogged pores on your face, it is important that we distinguish between what is a clogged pore and what isn’t since they will require different types of attention.
Here are two skin conditions most commonly confused for clogged pores and acne:
Hair follicles are tunnel-shaped structures that are located on the epidermis through which hair grows up and out of the skin. The sebum that also travels through your hair follicles will lubricate your hair and skin.
Shortly after shaving and removing the hair from your face and body, your hair will grow back through your hair follicles. On occasion, these hairs will grow back into the skin rather than out of it, resulting in red, itchy, swollen bumps on your skin.
Though this skin irritation does very closely resemble acne, they are not the same.
If you are struggling with ingrown hairs rather than clogged pores, the solution may be to adjust your shaving routine. Here are some simple tips for doing so:
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the appearance of swollen, pus-filled bumps and red blood vessels to become visible on your skin. Rosacea flare-ups can last from weeks to months and may stem from heredity or an overactive immune system.
Common triggers include changes to one's environment, exercise regimen, and diet.
Unprotected exposure to the sun can cause oxidative stress, damage your skin cells, and trigger a rosacea flare-up when it comes to the environment. Additionally, the harsh winds accompanying the wintertime can exacerbate existing rosacea symptoms.
As for exercise, working out is essential and should be part of every man’s life. However, extreme exercising will increase your body temperature, blood flow, heart rate, and production of sweat. All of this may lead to heat rash and can aggravate your rosacea.
Issues with one’s diet triggering rosacea usually pertain to spicy food and alcohol. Spicy foods contain an ingredient called capsaicin that makes your food taste spicy but can trigger an outbreak of rosacea.
Similarly, alcohol consumption may cause your blood vessels to enlarge and produce more blood flow, triggering facial redness and rosacea flare-ups. Though extremely similar in appearance to acne, two of the simplest ways to decipher between the two is by analyzing the swelling and redness on your face.
Swollen bumps on the face are shared between rosacea, acne, and sometimes even ingrown hair. However, with rosacea, swelling can extend beyond the bumps on your face. It is common for men with rosacea to experience an increase in nose size on account of swelling and thickening of skin.
Redness with rosacea will also extend beyond the boundaries of facial bumps. Flushing, or facial blushing, when persistent blushing is visible in the center of one’s face, is a common symptom of rosacea.
On lighter skin tones flushing usually appears pink, and on darker skin tones flushing may result in a darker area of discoloration.
The best way to treat your clogged pores and to prevent them from returning is to reset your skin. By clearing your skin and starting anew, you can implement a healthy routine that keeps your skin looking and feeling fresh.
There are several different available methods for unclogging blocked pores and improving your skin's health and appearance. Many of the available treatments involve extraction and exfoliation.
We recommend using MadeMan’sThe Re(Set) Collection to get you started. The(Set) Collection consists of a cleanser that doubles as a shaving gel and moisturizer. Both products are water-based and contain all-natural ingredients.
The Resetter is a cleanser that offers you a deep but gentle, non-irritating cleanse. Unlike competing cleansers that are filled with harsh chemicals that leave your skin dry and damaged, The Resetter helps eliminate impurities from your pores, thus directly combating clogged pores, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
Additionally, The Resetter can also function as your shaving gel, saving you not only time but also the trouble of dealing with razor burn and ingrown hairs.
The Refresher is a restoring and repairing moisturizer. This makes it ideal for soothing and sustaining your freshly unclogged skin. The product is extremely fast-absorbing and penetrates your skin with an antioxidant nutrient blend that includes chicory roots, castor seed oil, and Indian ginseng extract. These ingredients promote a natural repair process that will help to heal your tender skin.
It is important to use both your cleanser and moisturizer every morning and every night if you intend to repair your skin back to health. Build-up gathers on your skin throughout the day, and even while you sleep, that can lead to clogged pores on your face if not removed.
After washing your face, it is essential that you moisturize to reduce the chance of developing skin irritation.
In conclusion, you do not need to live a life ridden with clogged pores. Though natural in many ways, you can avoid developing them any further.
The most important thing is that you constantly keep your skin clean and nourished using a cleanser and moisturizer containing quality ingredients like vitamins, minerals, and natural oils. Doing so will clean out your pores, as well as keep them protected from external irritants, leaving your skin looking fresh with MadeMan.
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