How to clear sebum from pores

Updated April 17, 2017

Sebum is an oily substance that's naturally secreted from pores in the skin, especially the facial pores. Its job is to maintain hydration, healthy and lustre of the skin, as well as lubricate hair and skin; however, the production of too much sebum, which is a problem for many teens and young adults, causes excess oil and acne blemishes. As a result, sometimes we need to clear extra sebum for our pores so that we don't have breakouts or uneven skin tone.

Wash your face once in the morning and once in the evening with an oil-free facial cleanser. You may also want it to contain salicylic acid if you have a problem with acne.

Pour a bit of astringent onto a cotton ball and rub all over the face after cleansing each time. This is to remove any sebum or oil that the cleanser didn't remove.

Massage a gentle oil-free facial moisturiser onto your face or any dry spots. Sometimes products you use will cause dry patches, so using a moisturiser will keep it in balance.

Apply an acne fighting product to any pimples you may have. An effective acne product is one that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. The product may come in the form of a gel or cream. Use your finger or a cotton swab to dab it directly onto the zit. You may do this after every cleansing, but it may be best to wait until the night-time cleansing routine.


If you find your face turning red or irritated after using any of the products above, you may want to purchase some specialised for sensitive skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Acne product
  • Cotton ball
  • Astringent
  • Cotton swab
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Tobias Starr has been writing professionally since 2010. Her specialties include fashion/beauty articles, literary analysis pieces and the occasional commentary on cultural issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in speech communication and a Master of Arts in secondary education, both from Morehead State University.