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Congested skin is characterised by the appearance of pores clogged with a combination of oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris. Clogged pores can become blackheads and whiteheads if not treated quickly.
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Congested Skin Treatments

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Congested skin treatments focus on keeping pores clean and refined.

Congested skin is characterised by the appearance of pores clogged with a combination of oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris. Clogged pores can become blackheads and whiteheads if not treated quickly.

Oily skin with large pores is most prone to congestion but it can occur in all skin types.

Best products for congested skin

The most effective congested skincare keeps pores clear without damaging the surface of the skin.

Signs your skin is congested

Run a clean hand across your face. Does the skin feel bumpy and uneven? It’s likely you have congested skin. Signs of congestion include:

Blackheads
Whiteheads
A bumpy, uneven surface
Dull “dirty” looking skin.

Ingredients for congested skin

The best skincare for congested skin is formulated with ingredients to deeply clean pores without being overly abrasive to the skin’s surface.

Look for moisture boosting ingredients in products for congested skin too - hydration prevents the overproduction of oil that leads to clogged pores.

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, a potent exfoliator for the topmost layers of the skin - removing dead cells which clog pores.

Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has benefits for all skin types, especially congested skin. It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties fight bacteria while drawing impurities out from within the pore.

Bentonite and Kaolin Clay
Known for its ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals from the skin Bentonite also soaks up extra oil. Kaolin clay has more mild absorption properties than bentonite, which makes it ideal for dry to normal skin.

Hyaluronic Acid
Naturally occurring in your body, hyaluronic acid can hold 1000x times its weight in water making it incredibly effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels. Helps to balance and regulate skin oil flow, which can help in the prevention of congestion.

Need help choosing the right congestion skincare? Book a free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant today!

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Congested skin treatments focus on keeping pores clean and refined.

Congested skin is characterised by the appearance of pores clogged with a combination of oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris. Clogged pores can become blackheads and whiteheads if not treated quickly.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I cure my congested skin?

There are several steps you can take to reduce congestion, one of the most important is to use an exfoliant containing AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) as this will help to remove dead skin cell build up which leads to blocked pores, helping to minimise congestion and blackheads.

You can also incorporate the ingredient Niacinamide into your skincare routine which will help to regulate oil flow and prevent sebum from clogging pores, inhibiting congestion and blackheads as well as improving the overall appearance of pores.

What does congested skin look like?

You will be able to feel your congestion by running a clean hand over your skin. If you feel bumps that aren’t active or cystic breakouts, generally this is congestion.

What does it mean if your skin is congested?

Congested skin is a build of dead skin cells under the surface so can have underlying bumps that never turn into ‘active’ breakouts. Blackheads are also another sign of congestion.

How can I decongest my skin naturally?

Regular exfoliation is the most effective method of decongesting the skin as it will remove a build up of dead skin cells. Even though excess dead skin cells are to blame for congestion, it is important to make sure you are using the right type of exfoliation product to remove the congested layer. We recommend to avoid using harsh, physical exfoliation, instead opt for a chemical exfoliant with binding agents like charcoal which attaches to dirt and toxins to draw them out of the pores.