Manual extractions like those performed in professional deep pore cleansing facials are the most effective way to manage clogged pores like blackheads and closed comedones. But how long will the pores stay clean after a facial?
Generally, if the skin was properly softened up and the pores were properly cleaned out by an experienced esthetician, the pores should should stay clear for about four weeks. However, the pores will fill back up with hardened sebum, like those found in blackheads, so it’s important to maintain the results of that facial to ensure the results last as long as possible.
Don’t have time to get a facial? Read: How to Manually Extract Blackheads and Clogged Pores From Your Skin
What will help keep the pores clean after a facial?
The best way to prolong the pore-cleaning benefit of a facial is to use a well-formulated salicylic acid serum that will get into the pore lining and keep them from collecting oil as quickly. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic beta hydroxy acid (BHA) known for its ability to also smooth the skin without causing irritation and reduce acne-causing bacteria and oil, which will prevent blemishes.
One of my favorite products is BHA Clarifying Serum. I use this one myself and it really helps to keep my pores clean.
Note: Not all clogged pores are equal. Blackheads will always come back, but some clogged pores, such as closed comedones (small, little bumps underneath the skin that aren’t painful or red), may never come back once properly extracted. They are often caused from leftover bacteria from previous breakouts or clogging from an occlusive product such as a mineral oil or petroleum-based moisturizer.
Clean and clear skin is healthy skin so be sure to get regular deep pore cleansing facials.
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As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”