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Congested Skin: Everything You Need To Know About It

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Is your skin feeling rough, bumpy, and uneven? You probably are experiencing congested skin. Congested skin is primarily a concern faced by oily and acne-prone skin, but you may be at risk even if you don't have the mentioned skin type. 


Wondering what congested skin is all about? Read ahead to know everything about it!

What Is Congested Skin?

Good news first, congested skin is not a severe clinical condition like acne. But bad news, it is still a valid concern for many who do not even know what their skin is suffering through. 


Congested skin is generally defined as skin that feels bumpy and rough to touch. Since it has not been accurately defined by any dermatologist yet, you can get to see different definitions of what congested skin is like.


Most experts describe it as the skin type that is more prone to acne and clogged pores because of the accumulation of dead skin cells or allergic reactions. Let's see the symptoms of congested skin in the next section.

What Does Congested Skin Look Like?

Skin congestion mainly results from oily buildup on your skin. This is the reason you may find more skin issues in areas like the forehead, chin, and nose where excess oil tends to collect. Symptoms of congested skin can include:

  • Rough, Bumpy, and Dull Skin

  • Your skin may feel an uneven texture and dullness due to the build-up of excess oil, dirt, and other impurities in the open pores of your skin. These minor imperfections may not bother you initially, but they may start becoming more prominent with time.

  • Blackheads

  • The small black bumps you experience on your face are nothing but accumulated dirt and grime that stick to your tiny hair follicles and oxidize to turn black. If you have congested skin, your skin is sure to feel these uneven black bumps.

  • Whiteheads

  • Whiteheads also appear due to the accumulation of dirt and dead cells in the hair follicles of the skin. However, these appear white since the skin pores are closed, so the oxidation process that may turn them black does not happen.

  • Cystic Acne

  • Acne is a broad term encompassing various symptoms like papules, pimples, nodules, etc. It occurs when the levels of bacterial accumulation in the open pores increases. It is a severe skin condition that requires medical attention.

  • Redness and Skin Irritation

  • Skin allergies are also a symptom of congestion. Your skin may start appearing red and inflamed due to the accumulation of dust, dirt, or excess makeup products. Some people may also experience a feeling of itchiness and skin peeling.

    Causes Of Congested Skin?

    Congested skin doesn't just come from one cause. Many inter-related causes may make your skin appear congested and dull. We have talked about the significant reasons in this section.

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • The levels of your hormones keep fluctuating during different parts of your life. They may fluctuate in response to a specific medication or during your menstruation. This fluctuation is responsible for various skin conditions, including skin congestion. 


    Hormonal imbalance is one of the internal causes of bumpy congested skin.

  • Excess Oil Production

  • People who have naturally oily skin are more prone to acne and skin congestion. Skin that produces excess sebum (oil) is more prone to have large open pores where bacteria, dirt, and dead skin cells can accumulate to cause infection.

  • Skin Elasticity

  • The elasticity of your skin will start declining with age. This contributes to enlarged pores. Once your pores are open and large enough to accumulate dirt and impurities, blackheads, whiteheads, and other skin congestion symptoms appear.

  • Using Comedogenic Products

  • Many makeups and skincare brands use isopropyl myristate, propylene glycol, and lanolin. These ingredients may clog pores (comedogenic), which ultimately causes skin irritation and allergic reactions.

  • Improper Diet 

  • Your diet plays a significant role in how your skin looks on the outside. A balanced diet containing vitamins and antioxidants can make your skin barrier healthy by promoting the production of collagen and lipids. 

  • Improper Face Cleaning and Sweating

  • Sweating builds up excess oil and dirt on our faces. Excess face washing also strips moisture from the face and makes it look dry. To compensate for it, the sebaceous gland releases excess oil to hydrate the epidermal layer of your skin. This leads to clogged pores which ultimately cause congestion on the skin.

    How To Clear Congested Skin?

    Looking for a congested skin treatment plan?


    Following a good skincare routine can help you get rid of your skin congestion issues. We have simplified our suggestions in the form of a 4 step process to get clear skin. These are the best products for congested skin.

  • Double Cleansing

  • Congestion-free skin begins with a clean, fresh face. People who use heavy makeup are suggested to use micellar water to loosen the grime on their face and then use a cleanser to wash away all the dirt and excess oil from their faces.



    Green Tea Tatva Scrub Cleanser from Nourish Mantra is a chemical-free cleanser that removes dead skin cells to give you a natural glow. This 2-in-1 formulation enriched with Green Tea Extracts, Aloe Vera Leaf Extracts, and Niacinamide cleanses the face of makeup, dirt, and other impurities while gently exfoliating dead skin cells.


    Key Benefits of this Cleanser include:

    • Clears up excess oil and refreshes your pores without drying your skin
    • Removes dead skin, build up dirt and residue
    • Leaves skin with a radiant and youthful glow

     

  • Using Exfoliators/Chemical Peels

  • Exfoliating your skin can remove the build-up of dead skin cells and excess makeup. However, people with oily skin generally suffer from irritation while using chemical peels or physical exfoliators.

    Nourish MantraExfoliating Serum is an exotic blend of natural fruit extracts and best-in-class Hydroxy acids. It is a one-stop solution with AHAs including Lactic acid, Gluconic acid, and Salicylic acid, along with natural ingredients such as Papaya Extract and Lemon Juice. 


    Benefits of this exfoliating serum include:

    • Exfoliate dead skin cells
    • Reduces open pores
    • Fights free radical damage

  • Serums With Potent Ingredients

  • Serums are the new trending skin care products in the market, and all for the right reasons. They contain active ingredients like salicylic acid and niacinamide, which are potent for resolving the problem of dehydrated, congested skin.

    Urban Rani Facial Serum

    It is a lightweight skin serum formulated with fortifying plant-based AHAs, skin rejuvenating Vitamins B3 and C, luscious fruits, and vibrant botanicals. It helps combats signs of skin fatigue due to pollution keeping skin dewy, soft, and illuminated.


    Benefits of this serum: 

    • Targets visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles
    • Reduces dark spots and pigmentation
    • They gently exfoliate to reveal hydrated, glowing skin, reduce dullness, and keep it looking plump and youthful.

  • Sunscreen For UV protection

  • A good broad-spectrum sunscreen is a necessity to safeguard your skin against the harsh effects of UV exposure. Use SPF 30 and above for the best sun protection. Sunscreen can also help you slow the effects of aging.

  • A Mask A Week, Keeps Skin Problems At Lowest Peak

  • Good facial masks containing active ingredients like turmeric and sandalwood can help you get rid of congested skin. Use a mask once a week to give your skin its much-needed mini spa.


  • Exotic Black Turmeric Mud Mask

  • Formulated with a rare herb, Black Turmeric, this mud mask adheres to the skin and effectively delivers skin plumping. The moisturizing ingredients improve the skin’s elasticity and restore youthful luster.


    Benefits of this include: 


    • Cleanses your skin and removes the impurities from within
    • Combats fine lines and early signs of aging
    • Helps in bringing back your youthful radiance
    • Nourishes the skin pores with essential nutrients

  • Truglow Face Mask

  • This face mask is an earthy and powerful blend of sandalwood and turmeric for youthful, glowing skin. You can witness visible skin brightness with a single-use. It also improves your skin texture and reduces dark spots and blemishes.


    Benefits of this face mask include:

    • Visible skin brightness with single-use
    • Improvement in skin texture with continued use
    • Reduces dark spots and blemishes

    Why Choose Nourish Mantra?

    Our products are formulated with the most nourishing ingredients to deliver lasting beauty. Our backbone lies in ancient Indian ayurvedic recipes. We offer you ingredients ethically sourced from plant-based materials. 


    Our products will give you a lasting glow without damaging your skin with wasteful chemicals and artificial fragrances. Our “secret blend” of ingredients is based upon a mixture of modern scientific formulation and ancient Ayurvedic texts.


    Our products for congested skin are suitable for all skin types. They deliver exceptional radiance without introducing any chemical products in your skincare regime. You will experience a dewy glow and youthful skin soon after using our product.


    What else do we offer?

    • Our products are 100% vegan.
    • We are a PETA certified cruelty-free skincare brand
    • Our products are GMP certified
    • Our products are free from harmful toxins

    Tips For Congested Skin

    • Try limiting heavy makeup look for every day. Excess makeup can accumulate in the skin and cause bacterial growth leading to acne.
    • Regular exercise can help you balance your hormonal levels. It also promotes microcirculation which makes your skin look healthy.
    • Eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water also contribute to the prevention of congested skin. 
    • Go for skin care products that are non-comedogenic. These products do not block your skin pores which is the ultimate reason for congested skin.
    • Congested skin home remedies include using turmeric and curd paste on your face to scrub off impurities and dead skin cells.

    To Conclude

    Skincare is a process. It takes time. You may feel uncomfortable with your skin if it looks congested, but trust me, we all have been there. It will pass. There is no single product that may clear your skin once and for all. So focus on your overall skin health by adopting a healthy lifestyle and using natural skincare products.