The dark color of a clogged pore is usually caused by oxidized (oxygen-exposed) sebum. This irritates the skin, so dirt and excess oils will clog and darken the pores. Many people attempt to unclog pores by forceful squeezing and using charcoal strips/ These methods can further irritate the skin, and are not recommended for lasting clarity. A targeted treatment regimen would be a preferred and more-effective solution.
There are two key aspects of pore-minimizing care. 1. Removing excess sebum, dirt and impurities will clear pores. 2. Your skin must stay hydrated with the proper, targeted skincare in order to prevent excessive sebum from reoccuring. Also, Vitamin C is a key skincare ingredient, as it balances sebum levels, and helps revitalize the complexion.