Clogged pores from a dirty job
I work in a barn (horses) so my face gets REALLY dirty during the day. I am looking for something, anything, to help really clean out my pores and control the constant whiteheads. I use the Mario Badescu cleansers and Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging exfoliator and like both. The whiteheads occur everywhere, nose, forehead, chin, temples. My skin tends to be dry but I have large pores from all the dirt. I admit that I'm not the most diligent about skin care regimens so I would love something simple if possible.
I also work with horses (just love 'em!) so I experience the same grime caused by barn dirt plus sunscreen. My best beauty investment was in a Clarisonic Plus skin brush. I use the Deep Pore Cleansing brush on my face and the body brush elsewhere and have really noticed a big difference in how clean my skin feels and looks. I also use MD Perricone Pore Minimizer after cleansing to help remove any remaining gunk. I think any good cleanser will work with the Clarisonic, as long as you stay away from exfoliating types, those kind plus the brush will give too much exfoliation. I have oily skin so I use drugstore Biore cleanser, but have had good luck with the Peter Thomas Roth Antiaging cleanser.
Hope this helps!
Exfoliation is key to unclogging pores! Highly recommend the Kate Somerville Exfolikate - http://www.sephora.com/exfolikate-acne-clearing-ex
Sounds like you are on the right track. I would say try adding a clarasonic to your regimen, but if you are pretty laxed about skincare....you might want to use a towel to wipe away the dirt so the cleanser can really get in there and cleanse everything.
Not sure if it's a good or bad idea, but I was thinking you might try using a primer in the morning? Primers help make up go on smoothly by filling in the pores and have hydrating properties, so if you use a primer, it gives you a tad more hydration for your dry skin and fills your pores so the dirt only sits on top?
I used to work with horses and had the same problem. Like everyone else has said, you need to exfoliate, but it can be tough to do it every day. I would go ahead and also suggest that you make a paste of baking soda and water. Put it on your face for about five minutes, before or after cleasning. Play with the number of nights per week you use it and when, but I will swear that this is the only thing that clears out my pores. I use the Olay brush twice a day (it is cheaper than the Clairsonic and does a decent job) when I cleanse since regular exfoliants tend to be a little rough on my skin. Hope this helps!