Essential oils for clogged pores that will work NOW!

I can relate to having clogged pores.

Your skin just seems like it doesn’t want to cooperate, you’ve tried so many products, techniques, tips and tricks to get unclog them but it nothing seems to be working.

If you are in this situation you need to try essential oils for your clogged pores.

Essential oils are a great natural way to get rid of the clogged pore problem you might be having.

Try these in your routine and see how you like them:

Essential oils for clogged pores

Lavender oil

This lovely smelling oil is quite versatile, not only will it help to improve the smell of any room but it will also be a great addition to your skin routine.

It won’t irritate on your skin and because of its antibacterial properties, it will help clear out any clogged pores you might have, from whiteheads to blackheads to pimples.

This is my favourite lavender oil

Tea tree

Tea tree is being featured more and more by skincare bands too help with blemishes.

The oil has anti-fungal properties and this will keep your skin clean and fresh from any and all acne-causing bacteria that may be sitting on your skin.

I have an article on using tea tree as an addition to your facial steaming treatment here.

This tea tree oil will do wonders for your skin.


If you like the smell of mint then you’ll love the smell of this oil, it has a slightly minty aroma that will refresh you as you use the oil on your face.

It’s great at unclogging pores and you can use it with other oils to create an oil-based face cleanser. This is a great geranium oil.

Sweet orange:

You might have seen this ingredient in a variety of blackhead clearing and acne clearing products.

This citrus oil will be a great addition to our skincare routine and will help you get rid of any clogged pores by breaking down the oil (sebum) that causes clogged pores.

This is a well-loved one.


This is an oil that does very well to balance the natural sebum on the skin.

Not only is it a wiz at preventing clogged pores, but it’s also an oil that will help to moisturise your skin and give you a radiant glow.

This is the best one in my books


Jojoba is the closest oil that we have to the natural sebum that is found on our skin.

In turn, when you add this oil to the face your skin will feel hydrated and moisturised, as a result, it won’t produce any more sebum which clogs pores. This is a favourite.

Clary sage:

If you want an oil that will not only help unclog your pores but will also soothe and calm the skin then this is the oil for you.

This oil is made from the sage plant, this herb oil is beneficial when looking for an oil that will help to unclog your pores.

You’ll love this organic one.

Lemongrass oil:

This oil perfectly balances the oil on your face, you won’t have an oily look when you use this oil, in addition, your face will be free from clogged pores.

The lemongrass is fantastic at skin cleansing and will reduce your clogged pores. I think you’ll like this one.

Juniper berry oil:

Juniper berries are packed full of antiseptic properties, these beneficial properties, when used in an oil form, will be good to unclog and get rid of any pimples that you might have.

The oil is also known for its amazing cleaning properties, say bye bye to any clogged pores when you use this ingredient.

I’m sure you’ll like this one.

Rosemary oil:

Rosemary can be used in perfumes and in skincare, this lovely smelling oil will control the oil on your skin avoiding the overproduction of sebum on your skin thus preventing clogged pores.

It also helps with acne as it has antiseptic properties, this is will fight any infections in the pores.

This is a great one.


You need to dilute any essential oils that you use with a carrier oil, this is for your own safety. 

If you use an essential oil on its own directly on your skin then you run the risk of your skin becoming very irritated. Some oils you can use as carrier oils include:

  • Almond oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Arnica oil
  • Olive oil

You can also use this oil for the oil cleansing method. Note that you might experience some purging when oil cleansing, this is normal.

What oils you shouldn’t use if you have clogged pores:

Unfractionated coconut oil:

This oil is highly comedogenic.

The oil will clog your pores because none of the pore clogging fatty acids have been removed from the oil, these are removed during distillation.

You can tell that it’s unfractionated if it’s still solid at room temperature

Cocoa butter:

We see this ingredient in so many moisturisers and hair products but it is very comedogenic.

Yes, it has many benefits and nutrients and it will protect your skin because it’s rich in antioxidants but the rich properties of the oil will clog up your skin even more. 

Shea butter

When I see people using this oil and enjoying their clear poreless skin I envy them.

Not all oils will work on peoples skin the same way.

Shea butter is a clear example of this, when used by some the result will be amazing glowing skin, when used by others it will clog pores. It depends on the skin.

If you want glowing skin read this article where I list the oils that you can use. Here is an article on amazing oils you can use on your legs for glowing skin.

Essential oils for clogged

How do I stop my pores from clogging?

You need to keep up a good skincare regimen in order to stop or prevent your pores from clogging up, the key to good skincare or good anything for that matter is consistency.

If you consistently remove the excess sebum on your face you’ll avoid your pores clogging up.

You’ll need to find products that are specially made for people who are trying to unclog pores.

These products will be labelled as ‘non-comedogenic” and “non-pore clogging”. Here is a great face cleanser and moisturisers which will do the trick

If you’re a make-up wearer you need to remove your make up before you go to bed, makeup sitting on your face for too long can clog your pores.

The makeup can also spread onto your pillow creating an environment for bacteria to grow, you wouldn’t want to rest your head on a pillow filled with bacteria for 8 hours a night.

In addition, avoid touching your face, our hands carry bacteria and debris that we wouldn’t want on our face.

Can oil unclog pores?

Yes, oil can unclog pores and it does a pretty good job of it. Oil cleansing comes from the idea that “like dissolves like” when you add the clean oil to your face the oil will clean out your clogged pores.

The oil also helps to remove makeup, eternal pollutants and dead skin cells that may be on your skin. It also removes excess sebum, sebum is a major cause of clogged pores in the first place.

Here is more info on oil cleansing

This oil cleanser is well-loved and widely used.

Does drinking water unclog pores?

Drinking water does play a part in helping to unclog your pores. You need water for life but you also need water for great skin.

If you drink a good amount of water per day your body will be better equipped to sustain a healthy balance of water and oil on your skin.

This, in turn, prevents your pores from creating more sebum and creating clogged pores.

Why do I keep getting clogged pores?

There are a number of reasons this may happen, having clogged pores can be the result of genetics or your own doing.

If you have oily skin you run the risk of having clogged pores, this is because your skin naturally creates excess sebum.

This sebum can mix in with your dead skin cells and clog your pores. Excess oil production can also be the result of hormonal changes, this can be seen in teens when they reach puberty.

Everyday products that contain comedogenic ingredients can also cause acne. If left on the skin for too long they can cause clogged pores and breakouts.

In addition, if you touch your face often the germs on your hands can transfer onto your face and clog your pores.

Other causes of clogged pores can include sleeping on dirty sheets, smoking, not cleaning your phone often and wearing makeup while working out.

What is the best product for clogged pores?

If you have clogged pores you need a set of products that will help you get rid of clogged pores. From what you wash with, what you tone with, and what you use to moisture your face.

Your exfoliator needs to remove dead skin cells in a gentle way while unclogging your pores. This exfoliator does just that.

Your cleanser needs to cleanse your face, it needs to be tough on clogged pores but not rough on your skin, it also needs to prevent more clogged pores. This is my favourite one.

An acid will help you get a concentrated treatment, lactic acid is great at breaking down dead skin cells which would otherwise create more clogged pores, this product is a great option that will help you get clear skin.

The lactic acid also helps clear up any clogged pores. Lastly, you need a good non-comedogenic face moisturiser.

This product will help moisturise but won’t clog your pores.

Is my moisturizer clogging pores?

Moisturiser can clog your pores if you’re using the wrong one.

We all have different skin and just because one product works for your friend or even someone in your family doesn’t mean it will work for you. Especially if you have different skin types.

Moisturisers can contain comoegenic ingredients which can clog pores, these include petroleum, mineral oil or silicones.

Regardless of what skin type you have using a lightweight yet hydrating moisturiser will help you avoid clogged pores, here is my favourite.

It is important to use a moisturiser to prevent your skin from overproducing sebum which will, in turn, clog your pores

Does exfoliating unclog pores?

Exfoliating will go a long way in helping you get rid of your clogged pores. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells from the skin preventing your pores from clogging up in the first place.

As you remove your dead skin cells this also helps to unclog your pores.

If your face is sensitive I recommend using a chemical exfoliator, it is gentle on your skin, won’t cause mircotears and it will be tough on clogged pores.

Does steam unclog pores?

Steaming is a great way to remove any build-up in your pores. When you steam your face the steam opens up your pores and loosens the sebum allowing it to come out of the pore much easier.

You can steam your face using just waster or use the essential oils mentioned above. The steam session can be done at home with hot water and a bowl or you can use a facial steamer.

Tea tree oil is one of the best oils to use during a facial steam. Here is more on how to do it.

This facial steamer is well-loved and widely used.

Can face oil clog pores?

Face oils are specially formulated for your skin, they won’t clog your pores. A facial oil will actually do the opposite.

Your skin will benefit from using facial oil because the facial oil will help balance the sebum on your face.

The oils used in face oils are lightweight and can easily be absorbed into the skin.

They also provide the skin with essential nutrients as well as fatty acids and as a bonus, the oils can help to heal the skin and grow new healthier skin tissue.

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