Congested skin shows itself in many ways: blackheads, whiteheads, dull complexion, and uneven skin tone. All these things leave skin looking less than perfect. Congested skin, otherwise known as blocked pores, can happen at any age, for a number of reasons. Excess sebum (oil from sebaceous glands in the skin), dirt, dead skin cells, and toxins (makeup, pollution, etc.) collect inside pores, creating blockages that don't allow skin to breathe and function normally. The result is blemished, less than radiant skin.
During the summer months when the weather is warm and skin perspires, congested skin becomes more prevalent. The combination of sweat, makeup and perspiration is a recipe for clogged pores. The best way to prevent congested skin during the summer months is with targeted cleansing and exfoliation. Acne treatments containing salicylic acid and glycolic acid are often recommended for people with congested skin because these ingredients gently exfoliate the skin, getting deep into pores to flush out contaminants. Another product that works well for congested skin is exfoliating masks. We especially like Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask and Cellex-C Betaplex Clear Complexion Mask because both leave the skin radiant and blemish-free.
If your skin is prone to blackheads, and appears dull and lifeless, you probably have congested skin. It's a common concern shared by many people, but you don't have to be defined by it. You may not know you have congested skin, but your skin knows. Listen to what it's telling you and do something about it. By starting a proper skincare regimen designed to clear pores and brighten skin, you'll soon see the beautiful, radiant you that has been waiting to shine through.