We all want flawless skin, but this is often easier said than done when you suffer from congestion. In order to return balance to your skin, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and take the time to know your skin better. With these simple tips you’ll be on your way to flawless in no time!  

What is congested skin?

Congested skin isn't just one thing, its a combination of things. If your skin is congested, you might notice bumps underneath the skin, blackheads, whiteheads and an overall dull appearance. These can be caused by a combination of oil, dead skin cells, tiny hairs, dirt, debris at the surface, and sometimes bacteria.

There are several other factors that cause skin congestion to occur as well. Such as overactive sebaceous glands, hormonal fluctuations, an unhealthy diet, the lack of a regular skincare routine, using incorrect skincare products and so on.

How do you fix congested skin?

The best place to start is clean the surface of your skin and unclog your pores with a strict cleansing routine, regular exfoliation, hydration and using non-comedogenic products. If you can be consistent with this you’ll be well on your way to glowing skin.

It is important to note that dehydration can lead to further issues that result in skin congestion, so it’s important to keep the skin well hydrated. Products formulated with retinol and other topical forms of vitamin A can also help fight against congestion by increasing cell turnover and preventing the skin’s opportunity to congest. Vitamin A can also reduce sebaceous gland secretions (oil production), which also help in the reduction of congestion.

Overall, work with your skin rather than fighting against it. Supporting the natural skin barrier, by reinforcing it with antioxidants, hydrating and soothing ingredients can protect the skin from damage by pollution, bacteria and outside aggressors.