Skin with clogged pores on your face can be irritating, however beware what you do to get rid of them.
When pores become blocked, it causes small blackheads – filled with dead skin and dirt – to form.
There are a number of reasons why pores clog in the first place.
These include hormones, bacteria and over-cleansing.
The size of people’s pores is down to genetics, but how big they are doesn’t influence whether they’re more likely to fill up with dirt.
They are designed to clean themselves, so you need not do anything to them.
However, naturally most people would like to reduce their appearance if possible.
Michael Freeman, a dermatologist and associate professor at Bond University in Australia, told The Conversation that you should never squeeze a blackhead because it might cause the oil glands to rupture back into the skin.
Freeman advised that buying skincare products containing vitamin A could help.
This is because it can stop the skin lining the pores thickening, meaning the oil glands aren’t blocked.
Using lukewarm water – rather than hot – to wash your face with is also less likely to inflame them.
He also warned against potential pore-reducing methods that could be harmful.
Steaming the face can make blood vessels stand out and trigger rosacea in those who are prone to it.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness on the nose, cheeks, skin and forehead, particularly in those over 30 years.
Using a facial brush might help, but the risk is that the pore will swell due to irritation, causing more of a blockage.
Pore strips have become popular for very effectively removing pore content, however they can leave skin very sensitive to other products.