4 hero ingredients for clogged pores and congested skin

4 hero ingredients for clogged pores and congested skin

It can sometimes feel like every skin care product on the market is guaranteeing ‘clear skin’, making the ability to determine what will actually be the most effective increasingly confusing.

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The key to navigating this mess? Know your ingredients. For those dealing with congested skin and clogged pores, we’ve helped by narrowing it down to four key ones to look for. So the next time you’re shopping for acne-fighting and congested skin-preventing products, check the label for these…


Otherwise known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is an active ingredient suitable for  most skin types.

If you’re on the oilier side, it will help to control oil production, and for those with dry skin, it will assist with dehydration. Another major benefit of niacinamide is its ability to minimise the appearance of pores.

bh recommends: Synergie Skin VitaminPaula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid falls under the beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) umbrella and is also the key ingredient in aspirin for its anti-inflammatory properties (who knew?).

For the skin it’ll help clear congestion and prevent future breakouts.

bh recommends: Neutrogena ® Naturals Purifying Facial CleanserSukin Naturals Blemish Control Spot Banishing Gel



Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) refer to the fast-acting acids such as lactic, glycolic or mandelic that work as powerful exfoliants to remove dead skin cells, improve texture and effectively fight acne.

Phew, no small order.

bh recommends: SkinCeuticals C + AHA 


Azelaic Acid

This gentle exfoliant works to minimise the potential of future bumps, while unclogging pores and fighting pre-existing acne.

Suitable for any age or skin type, azelaic acid can easily be worked into your current skin care regimen; add it as its own step, combine it with a serum or apply it to blemished areas only. 

bh recommends: Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster 


Main image credit: @cateblanchettofficial Do you struggle with congested skin? Have you tried any of these ingredients?

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  1. Great article, I suffer from congested skin. I've just started slowly introducing these ingredients into my skincare regimen. I really want to try Azelaic acid from The Ordinary but I don't think it's available in Aus?

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