Amidst environmental aggressors, heat, sebum, grime, pollution and dead cells, it’s safe to say that your pores don’t have it easy.

Clogged pores often lead to blackheads, whiteheads and frequent breakouts. But, recurring blockages could be an indication of congested skin.

So, how do you find your way out of this terrible skin situation? You tend to over-exfoliate to slough off dead skin cells and cleanse your face as many times as possible in order to get rid of excess greasiness. Unfortunately, over-exfoliation will only cause more breakouts and redness than before, and over-cleansing will strip your skin of its natural oils. None of these solutions works in your skin’s favour.

It is, therefore, important to understand your skin’s needs better and follow a few essential skin care tips to achieve a healthy, spotless complexion.

Here’s everything you need to know about congested skin - its causes, symptoms and treatments.

 

What is congested skin?

What is congested skin?

When your skin is rough in texture, has multiple open pores and comedones, looks dull in appearance and breaks out frequently, it is congested! The actual cause of congested skin is a buildup of dead skin cells. Your skin is exposed to heat, pollution, grime and loads of skincare and makeup products on a daily basis.

When products glide on uncleansed skin, they tend to clog pores. At times, going without washing your makeup brushes for months can accumulate bacteria which in turn may transfer onto your skin. All of this leads to skin congestion.

 

How to know if you have congested skin?

How to know if you have congested skin?

The easiest way to find out if you have congested skin is to simply run your fingers over your face.

If you feel that your skin texture is bumpy or uneven to touch, there are chances it is congested. Also, when you notice blackheads and whiteheads on your T-zone and cheeks, it is also a sign of congested skin.

 

What are the causes of congested skin?

What are the causes of congested skin?

Several factors can cause skin congestion. Firstly, if your skincare routine is not good enough or does not include products according to your skin type, then it can make your skin rough and bumpy.

Secondly, your cleansing routine can also be blamed for skin congestion. Over-cleansing and sleeping with makeup on can wreak havoc on your skin.

Lastly, insufficient exfoliation can be the reason behind skin congestion.

 

How to treat congested skin?

How to treat congested skin?

The best way to treat congested skin is to cleanse and exfoliate thoroughly.

Cleanse your face twice a week—morning and night. Double-cleanse in the evening and avoid harsh soap-based formulas that can strip the skin of its moisture.

Exfoliate at least two to three times a week using products infused with salicylic and hydroxy acids as they help clear congestion under the skin.