Having good looking legs is every woman’s dream, especially if you love wearing shorts and skirts. Clogged pores on the legs are caused by dirt, oil, dead skin cells, debris and occasionally when the legs are inflamed, by white blood cells. To prevent your skin from getting clogged, you need to follow a daily skincare routine. This should include exfoliation, which helps get rid of dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and any other skin impurities.
Pores on the legs help to keep them clean by getting rid of all the body’s waste elements including dead skin cells. Sebaceous glands produce oil (sebum) that clings to dead skin cells and then gets excreted through the pores. This makes sure that our bodies remain healthy and glowing all the time. When the pores get clogged, the sebaceous glands will continue producing oil that will not manage to get released from the skin. This causes pimples, blackheads, and acne. Sometimes the overproduction of oil is due to hormonal changes.
Clogged pores on legs remedies
There are some simple home remedies that one can follow to help clear the pores.
This is the most efficient and easiest way to clear your clogged leg pores. Steaming opens them up and lets all the impurities out. It also happens to be the cheapest method!
- Boil up a bowl of hot water until it produces steam.
- Clean your legs then get a clean towel and cover them over the hot bowl. Be careful not to touch the hot water. (You can place your legs on the bowl then cover with a towel.) You have to be very careful not to scald them with the hot water. Turn your legs as you see fit so that all parts get steamed.
For those who do not wish to go through all this hustle, get a facial steamer. Clean them, then steam depending on the type of facial steamer you have:
- For the Yoni steamer, stand while steaming your legs.
- If using a handheld steamer, apply steam to the legs in the same motions you use when shaving them.
- If your steamer has a steam pipe, move your legs up and down so that the steam gets across your skin.
Note: Do not over steam them since this can lead to drying of your skin. Steam maybe once a week or twice a week.
Exfoliating helps the skin get rid of impurities and dry skin cells. There are different ways to exfoliate the legs including:
This is where you use fingernails, a brush, microfiber cloth, pumice stone or loofah.
- Clean your legs and pat them dry. Make sure the brush is also dry (I recommend using a facial brush if possible).
- Brush your legs using circular motions and focus on areas that have dry skin.
- After brushing wash them using cool water then moisturize.
There are also topical skincare products to use for physical exfoliation. There are creams available containing microbeads that clear away dead skin cells. There is also a DIY solution of salt or sugar scrub that we will discuss below.
A more involved method is the Microdermabrasion, that involves using tiny particles to remove the dead skin cells. The best way to do this is to have it done by a skincare expert.
This involves the use of products containing acids and enzymes to remove dead skin cells. Some of these chemicals include glycolic acid, citric acid, malic acid, fruit enzymes and salicylic acid. This can be done at home but it’s best to seek professional help.
These are the scrubs that one can make at home. They use sugar, salt, or baking soda. Sugar is the best since salt can cause irritations.
Some of the scrubs you can make include
Lemon juice+ sugar scrub
- Combine sugar with half a lemon juice.
- Mix with enough water to get a thick paste.
- Apply in circular motions for five minutes.
- Wash the legs with cool water, pat dry and then moisturize.
Honey green tea scrub
You will need, honey, green tea, and sugar.
- Brew green tea then scoop a few teaspoons and allow them to cool.
- Add the honey and sugar to the green tea and mix to get a paste.
- Wash your legs, then apply this paste in circular motions for 5 minutes.
- Use cool water to wash your legs, pat dry and moisturize.
Mix oatmeal with sugar or salt. Apply to the legs in circular motions.
Note: Do not over exfoliate since it can make your legs irritated and red. Exfoliate just once per week.
Is excellent as an exfoliator and cheap too. It’s a good deep pore cleanser that exfoliates gently and rids your skin of clogged pores. It not only removes dead skin cells but also helps get rid of impurities, dirt and helps regulate your skins PH. This helps make the skin smooth and gives it a younger look. There are different scrubs you can make using baking soda including:
Baking soda + water
- 2 tsp of Baking soda plus water. Make a smooth paste.
- Apply this to the skin using circular motions.
- Wait for some few minutes then wash your legs, pat dry and moisturize.
Baking soda + honey + lemon juice + cinnamon powder
- Mix the ingredients well.
- Apply the mask on the legs and leave it on for 6 minutes.
- Wash, pat dry and moisturize them.
Lemon juice tightens the pores and cleans the skin. Citric acid contained in lemon juice is an exfoliating agent. It also removes oil and dirt from the pores. Different ways to use lemon juice to clear clogged leg pores:
- Take half a lemon and rub it over the legs. Leave it on for 5 minutes then wash off using lukewarm water.
- Pour the lemon juice onto a cotton ball and wipe your leg with it. Massage it in circular motions, wash, pat dry and moisturize them.
The benefits of having unclogged pores on legs
- You get silky smooth legs that look sleek and gorgeous.
- You eliminate oil and dirt from the pores helping reduce the possibility of getting acne.