Pore perfection
Date: 13 april 2017

This is the one deep pore-cleansing mask trick you didn’t know. If you have congested pores, it’ll change your life. You’re welcome - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

Pores. They exist primarily to torment us. Sure, they might have an important biological function, but that is secondary Ask any person whose pores seem to attract all the gunk in the known universe like magnetic black holes, and they’ll tell you that congested pores are the Lex Luthor to their Superman, Moriarty to their Sherlock. Basically, their skin’s arch nemesis.

If you’re one of these people, you’ve probably tried to scrub clogged pores away (please stop, it never works), squeeze them into oblivion (that only works if you know what you’re doing and if you’re not a trained aesthetician you do not know what you’re doing, so stop that too).

The ingredients that do degunk pores are retinol or salicylic acid—regular applications of a product containing these will help keep skin clear in the long run. But as a chronic sufferer, before you start a skin routine with these products, visit a facialist specializing in extractions. They should be able to skillfully remove blackheads, whiteheads and other space junk without damaging your skin. You’ll then have a clean slate, and the ingredients mentioned above will keep it that way.

That’s where our pro tip comes in, and will make this facial easier (and hopefully less painful!) Take along a deep pore cleansing mask and ask the facialist to use it after they steam your face but BEFORE they do extractions. The mask will loosen the clogs and encourage them to slip out easier when the extractions are being done. Typically, facialists put on a mask after extractions, but in this case, a mud mask before, and a soothing/ hydrating mask after would be ideal.

Pore perfection
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.