Problem Solvers

Banish Clogged Pores With These 6 Solutions

When excess oil gets muddied up with make up and the daily urban grime, the sad outcome is often blocked pores, blackheads and breakouts. But you needn’t let pores be a blot on an otherwise perfect complexion – we’ve got 6 vacuum cleaners to suck up the muck and make clear, flawless skin a reality…

Oust offending debris with Odacité’s {Clogged Pores Booster}, which relies on lavender and sebum-identical jojoba, to bind to impurities and lure them from their lairs.


If your skin is in a muddle, re-establish equilibrium with Alpha-H’s limited edition Pore Perfecting Duo, which normalises oil production and dissolves pore-blocking dead skin cells with glycolic acid.


Gently foaming, Sunday Riley’s {Ceramic Slip Cleanser} harnesses the dirt-attracting properties of French green clay, to soak up excess sebum so your skin looks much smoother and clearer.


You can minimise the likelihood of blockages with regular (gentle) exfoliation. Oskia’s {Micro Exfoliating Balm} contains skin-refining particles of silica, to physically buff surface debris, without aggravating your complexion.


…but if you’re plagued by determined plugs of grime, Bliss Spa’s Pore-Fector Gadget bothers them into vacating the premises. Just work the vibrating plate over congested areas to shift even deep-rooted grossness…

And if you need a quick fix (which both disguises and corrects), Jouer’s Anti-Blemish Matte Primer blurs the visibility of pores, while salicylic acid works to counteract congestion.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…