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Are clogged pores turning your face into a strawberry?  Acne ruining your life?

This instructable will tell you how to unclog your pores and clear acne in just a few simple steps!

This is a very low-maintenance method that requires only a few items, patience, and a tiny bit of will.

This method involves four major steps:
Ridding your surface skin of oil and dirt
Opening your pores for proper exfoliation using steam
Exfoliating to remove oil and dirt trapped in your pores
Applying 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide to cleanse deep inside your pores and rejuvenate them.

The reason this works so well is because the steam opens your pores allowing you to clean them better, while the facewash removes surface dirt/oil, the exfoliant removes the dirt/oil in your pores, and the Benzoyl Peroxide deep cleans while rejuvenating your pores.

I used to have seriously bad acne that drove me crazy.  I felt like one giant zit and that's all people saw when they looked at me.  This method has worked wonders for my face so far, even after everything else I've tried has failed.  It's easy and leaves my face feeling clean, fresh, and rejuvenated. =)
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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Mild  facewash - Preferably Troclosan Medicated for antibacterial properties
Exfoliating facewash - Optionally containing salicylic acid for more benefits
2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Cream
Small cooking pot
Hot pot pad, trivet, or extra towel

Note:  Do not use Benzoyl Peroxide stronger than 2.5%.  Studies have shown that 2.5% BP is just as strong as 10%, but much less irritating to the skin.

Step 2: Preparing Your Face for Treatment

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To prepare your face for the exfoliating treatment, you should first wash it with a mild, preferably antibacterial, facewash.  Read the instructions on the facewash and follow them carefully.  Be very gentle when applying and rinsing the wash.  Gently pat your face dry with a towel.  This will ensure that any oil, bacteria, and dirt on the surface of your skin is removed.

Note for guys:  You may want to consider shaving first, as it greatly helps the treatments in cleansing the pores.
DoloresB110 days ago

Getting rid of acne can be a really tough job. I know I've tried a lot of different products and techniques, but maybe this one will help. I'll have to get some of the supplies, though, because I don't think I have all of those at my house.

PenguinKing234 months ago
This looks like it will work for me Thx!
Huh.. thanks for the tip. I have constant acne, even though I wash my face in the hot shower - I guess the shower alone isn't enough to really open the pores.
kdoug3791 year ago
All your things sound like an info-mercial.
econkid3 years ago
nice. my skin is pretty resistant. what works for other people often does not work. i've have trouble with scrubs because they are harsh and don't get down into the the pores. What i've found works for me is doing a 20% salicylic acid from in place of the scrub. Its works really well as a spot treatment and can immediately help to shrink the bumps. I do the salicylic acid, in the morning and the BP 2.5% at night, and it works really well.
pmilks4 years ago
I wish I had found out about Shielo's scrub sooner! I called the company and asked about it and then decided to give it a shot!!! Its called Shielo Complexion Scrub.

This product works very well unclogging pores, getting rid of of dead skin and making the skin smoother, no new pimples to leave MORE dark spots. All of which make the skin look and feel much better/fresher. Remember only the skin in contact with the product is helped. Heaping it on wastes your money and this hard to find product!

A few cautions... 1-keep drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, it's natural repair function working well and your skin fresh, 2-This product dries the skin out, use a good moisturizer/moisturizing sunscreen.

For me it is essential to use the Shielo Scrub at night to kickstart the natural repair cycle. It's a little tingly, nothing really harsh though. Skip TWO nights and REPEAT which helps you get 2-3 treatments in a week as recommended.
Izelver4 years ago
This is a lot like what I read from . I also have my own before/after pictures I am very proud to share, and would definitively recommend this site to anyone who has mild to moderate acne. I hate to sound corny, but it really changed the way I look at myself.
shadowofblood (author)  Izelver4 years ago
This method is very successful, so I'm not surprised to hear it's similar to the methods on =) I'm glad you've had such great success with your skin and I hope others can see great results from my instructable, as well. =)
j1n5t3r4 years ago
i did this and i broke out even more. should i keep doing this every week or should i just stop? cause i got 3 big pimples after.
shadowofblood (author)  j1n5t3r4 years ago
Sometimes you'll get pimples because your face is not used to the treatment. I would recommend trying it for a few more weeks. The problem should stop and you should see a big improvement. If not, it's possible that you are too sensitive to the materials you are using. In that case, try alternative ones. You won't know for sure until you try it for a few more weeks to give your face a chance to get used to it.
j1n5t3r4 years ago
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shadowofblood (author)  j1n5t3r4 years ago
You can use a mild face cleanser that is noncomedogenic. I recommend one that does not contain Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, or other ingredients that may irritate your face. I use a triclosan medicated facewash everyday in order to kill bacteria on my face. You may find that you need something weaker or stronger. Be sure to use each product for at least 2 weeks before deciding if it is too weak for your skin.

I also suggest using an exfoliating scrub 3 or 4 days after performing the steam facial cleanse.
I use sprite.
shadowofblood (author)  superMacaroni4 years ago
I like sprite =)
But I prefer root beer =D
CaseyCase4 years ago
Nice. Where was this info when I was a teenager? Oh well, I got through it somehow. My old school acne treatment? Thirty-six grit sandpaper, muriatic acid and an industrial shop vac.
shadowofblood (author)  CaseyCase4 years ago
Lol, when I was a teenager I pretty much tried everything but the muriatic acid. XD
I only recently stumbled upon this method and I wish I knew it when it mattered; high school. =D
seamster4 years ago
You ought to use your last photo as your main. A smiling face is much more presentable... (Just a suggestion.)
shadowofblood (author)  seamster4 years ago
Thanks for the advice; I just edited it =)
...Good suggestion, nice 'ible.