If you’ve ever struggled with annoying breakouts, uneven texture, or a lackluster complexion, you may be familiar with the frustration that comes with skin congestion. In this informative series, we will delve into the underlying causes behind this common skin care concern. From environmental factors to lifestyle choices, hormonal imbalances, and skin care habits, we’ll explore the various culprits that contribute to skin congestion. By understanding these triggers, you’ll gain valuable insights to help you achieve clearer skin.

What Is Skin Congestion?

There are various manifestations of congestion that can affect our skin. To achieve optimal skin health, it’s crucial to comprehend the connection between skin congestion and overall skin well-being. Three primary forms of congestion exist: active, inactive, and simple sebaceous filaments. Skin congestion is a blanket term for blackheads, impacted blackheads, clogged pores, milia, milia clusters…all that gunk that gets stuck just underneath our skin. Each of these types leads to uneven texture, characterized by small lumps, bumps, and various-sized elements beneath the skin’s surface.

Discover effective methods for preserving a smooth and healthy skin texture, as you may be unknowingly contributing to skin congestion. Attaining a beautiful skin texture necessitates a special blend of purposeful skin care and proficient extraction techniques.

Active Congestion

Active congestion refers to the presence of acne on the skin. Certain types of acne can be particularly inflamed and painful, often associated with underlying microbiome issues or dehydration caused by topical factors. It is essential to remember that any skin concern can be worsened by topical dehydration. This particular form of acne is sometimes referred to as “wet acne.”

Additionally, active congestion can manifest as intense, isolated breakouts that are not as densely distributed as full-blown acne.

Inactive Congestion

Inactive congestion encompasses various skin concerns such as blackheads, impacted blackheads, milia, and clusters of milia. Unlike active congestion, these issues are not actively erupting. Instead, they remain embedded in the skin for surprisingly prolonged periods of time. While referred to as “inactive,” this type of congestion slowly accumulates over the years, often without significant inflammation or noticeable signs.

However, it is important to note that these more complex forms of compacted blackheads, milia, and milia clusters require the expertise of a skilled master extractor to be safely removed without causing harm to the skin. On the other hand, simple blackheads tend to be relatively easier to eliminate.

Sebaceous Filaments

Sebaceous filaments are a result of sebaceous oil from our glands that has undergone slight hardening due to topical dehydration. This thickened oil is unable to maintain its liquidity, preventing it from properly exiting the pore openings and spreading across the skin’s surface as it would with well-hydrated skin.

Consequently, the oil becomes thick and becomes trapped within the pores. It is important to note that sebaceous filaments are a natural occurrence to some extent for everyone, but certain individuals may experience more pronounced challenges with this issue than necessary.

What Causes Skin Congestion?

Topical dehydration can contribute to skin congestion due to its impact on the skin’s natural moisture balance and overall functioning. When the skin becomes dehydrated, it lacks sufficient moisture, leading to various negative effects. Here’s how topical dehydration can cause skin congestion:

  • Impaired Moisture Barrier: Dehydration weakens the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which is responsible for maintaining optimal hydration levels and protecting against external irritants. When the moisture barrier is compromised, the skin becomes more susceptible to environmental pollutants, bacteria, and dirt, which can clog the pores and contribute to congestion.
  • Increased Sebum Production: In response to dehydration, the skin may produce excess sebum (natural oil) as a compensatory mechanism to hydrate and protect itself. The overproduction of sebum can lead to oily skin, creating an environment conducive to clogged pores and congestion.
  • Thickened Sebum: Topical dehydration can cause the sebum within the skin’s sebaceous glands to become thicker and more viscous. This thickened sebum is less likely to flow freely through the pores, increasing the chances of it becoming trapped and contributing to congestion.
  • Sluggish Cell Turnover: Dehydration can slow down the skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones. This can result in a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface, which, when combined with sebum and other impurities, can block the pores and lead to congestion.

The Bottom Line On Skin Congestion

It is important not to mistake the aforementioned types of congestion with the transient and brief appearance of simple whiteheads or zits. These fleeting blemishes are indicative of well-balanced skin and can be resolved before they become complicated or hardened. The occasional zit that appears and disappears rapidly signifies a healthy complexion. It is crucial to understand that “perfect skin” does not mean never experiencing a zit, as this expectation is unrealistic. Rather, perfect skin refers to the restoration of the skin’s natural ability to promptly eliminate congestion, preventing it from becoming trapped and complex.

To support your skin’s inherent capacity for release, it is advisable to avoid conventional acne and anti-aging products, as ironic as it may seem, as they can hinder your skin’s ability to eliminate congestion effectively. Conventional acne and anti-aging products are aggressively inflammatory and sabotage our skin’s self-cleansing function.  Supporting your skin’s natural cleansing function  equips it with the necessary resources to release large accumulations of older congestion, such as a pimple, without much trouble. If your skin takes longer than three days to recover from a zit, it may indicate a “constipated” state, and establishing a foundation of holistic skin health through learning new essentials can significantly benefit your skin.  

But how to put an end to skin congestion and all that gunk?  Hydration, Barrier Restoration, Topical Dermal Nutrients, and professional extractions.  Simultaneously cease all conventional care so as to not divert energy away from the deep detoxification process (medi-holistic skin resurfacing)  that will change your skin into self cleansing skin that is clear.

If you’re struggling with skin congestion, or have any other questions about your skin, schedule a complimentary virtual consultation where you will receive personalized advice for your skin!