How To Unclog Pores

Discover everything you need to know about how to unclog pores and discover my best skincare products to help unclog pores.

Taking good care of your pores is key to a FLAWLESS and SMOOTH LOOKING complexion, darlings! But if your pores become clogged, it can lead to a host of different skin concerns including blemishes, breakouts, blackheads and an uneven skin tone.

But why are some skin types more prone to clogged pores? And how can you unclog pores that are clogged? Discover everything you need to know about how to clear clogged pores and my best skincare products for helping to unclog pores in this helpful guide.

How To Unclog Pores

What Causes Clogged Pores?

Many things can cause clogged pores including dirt, dead skin cells, pollutants, bacteria, SPF and makeup (when not removed properly). And if your skin type is oily, your skin is more likely to produce excess sebum (your skin’s natural oil). Sebum is good for keeping your skin supple and hydrated, but too much of it can mix with your dead cells and contribute to clogged pores.

Tilbury Tip: Need more certainty about your skin type? Discover whether your skin is normal, oily, dry or combination in my ‘What is my skin type?’ guide.

Clogged Pores vs Large Pores

Clogged pores and large pores are separate skin concerns, but sometimes clogged pores can make your pores appear larger. Other factors that contribute to the appearance of large pores include ageing, genetics and sun damage.

One of the best ways to prevent the appearance of large pores is to unclog them. But there are also tips, tricks and techniques for minimising and smoothing their appearance. My guide to how to minimise the appearance of pores can help you combat this common skin concern for a FLAWLESS, PORELESS LOOKING complexion, while my how to cover up large pores guide shares my MAGIC tricks and tips for covering up the appearance of large pores using my iconic beauty products!

How To Get Rid of Clogged Pores

There are many ways to unclog pores for a SMOOTH, HEALTHY LOOKING complexion! Read on for my top tips and tricks on how to tackle clogged pores for MAGIC skin!

MAGIC TIP 1: Don’t squeeze! Darlings, squeezing your clogged pores is a big no-no as doing so can inflame and irritate your skin! When you squeeze and pick your pores, it can make your pores appear larger and can even cause more breakouts and scarring.

MAGIC TIP 2: Always remove your makeup! Makeup residue is one of the biggest causes of clogged pores so it’s really important to always remove your makeup at the end of the day using a gentle makeup remover like my Take It All Off makeup remover with chamomile.

MAGIC TIP 3: Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Cleansing your skin twice a day is an absolute must for unclogging your pores and removing any leftover makeup, dirt, oil and sweat. My NEW! Charlotte’s Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser with a skin-smoothing peptide complex is a 3-in-1 priming cleanser that hydrates, revives and primes your skin for a fresh, spa-like glow!

MAGIC TIP 4: Exfoliate! To unlock the best skin of your life, I recommend exfoliating at least once or twice a week using a gentle exfoliator like my Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial 2-in-1 miracle acid exfoliator.

MAGIC TIP 5: Don’t neglect your AM and PM skincare rituals! For skin that’s cleansed, clear and healthy, you should always stick to your research-powered morning and evening skincare rituals! My guide to the correct skincare routine order for skincare products tells you everything you need to know about applying my MAGIC skincare products in the right order for MAGIC skin every day.

Charlotte’s Best Skincare Products To Help Unclog Pores

Darlings, many of my expertly blended, supercharged skincare products will help you unclog your pores and unlock the best skin of your life!

Charlotte's Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser

My NEW! Charlotte’s Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser with three MAGIC ingredients (hydrating hyaluronic acid + smoothing peptides + biomimetic barrier shield technology) gives you immediate skin revival with clinically proven results!

  1. Charlotte's Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser 3-in-1 foaming cleanser


    Cleansing to the power of three, Charlotte's Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser HYDRATES, REVIVES and PRIMES your skin, transforming its texture during application from a comforting cream to a rich foam to a purifying milk for an indulgent facialist-inspired experience. As well as removing all makeup and impurities, it makes your skin look 2X more hydrated* and your pores look 4X reduced!** In just 7 days, your skin will feel instantly revived and APPEAR 97% CLEARER and SMOOTHER!***

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  2. Makeup remover in a clear bottle with text on it that reads, 'Take it all off' with a white-coloured lid.


    Before using my NEW! Charlotte’s Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser, always remove your makeup first with my Take It All Off makeup remover! Its two-toned easy bi-phase formula with chamomile even removes waterproof, long-wear and the hardest-to-shift makeup to give your pore-unclogging routine a powered head start before cleansing!

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  3. A closed, exfoliating, wash-off, chemical mask in a white-coloured tube with gold-coloured text on it.


    Finally, exfoliating at least once a week is the secret to smoother-looking skin! My Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial gently RESURFACES your skin, refining the look of your pores and brightening your complexion for an instant GLEAMING GLOW!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.

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