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How to Keep Your Pores Clean, According to a Dermatologist

It might be time to update your pore care game
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So, here's the deal: Your pores aren't actually "huge" — they're just clogged up with gunk and need to be, well, unclogged. You basically need a giant plunger for your face. But since things like pore vacuums don't really work (trust me, I've tried them, they are nonsense; do not waste your money), and performing home "extractions" on every single pore is too time-consuming and painful, we asked Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, MD FAAD — a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist with over 40 years' experience, and founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare — about which skin care products we SHOULD be using for our pores.

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Ciraldo recommends clay masks for anyone looking to unclog the ol' pores. And this one has a great rating and can be used on a variety of skin types.

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Pumpkin masks are also really effective according to Ciraldo. "These are great at drawing out skin impurities and unclogging pores," she says.

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"If you are dry and acne prone, use a mud mask," says Ciraldo. This one is great at drawing out impurities and is great for all skin types.

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According to Dr. Loretta herself, this product "is sulfate and fragrance free and combines salicylic with organic coconut oil to hydrate as it clears clogged pores so it's super safe and effective to use twice a day."

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