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Anyone who’s frequented a sauna or bathhouse will tell you how heat can help expel toxins from your body. There’s also reason why most facials feature a lot of steaming: To effectively remove blackheads and whiteheads, pores must be dilated. And a steady stream of warm mist makes extraction easier – as well as less painful. Here, we present to you the latest self-heating (yup, they heat upon application) pore de-cloggers work the same way – except they are only for the T-zone and the parts of the cheeks alongside the nose.

Laneige Mini Pore Heating & Clean Duo ($30)

This is a two-step heating gel and clay mask kit. Massage the gel into skin until there’s a warm sensation, then immediately rinse off. After that, apply the mask and rinse off when it dries. This formula is mild enough that you can use three days in a row if you want intensive pore care.

Orbis Care-na Hot Cool Gel ($23)

A cushion-like gooey gel with ultra-gentle charcoal powder and exfoliating grains to flush out blackheads, whiteheads and dirt, and has added hyaluronic acid and collagen in it as well so that it doesn’t irritate skin.

Garnier Pure Active Matcha Deep Clean Blackhead & Pore Purifying Clay Mask ($2 for two 6ml sachets)

A paste-like formula that warms up almost instantly, it contains kaolin clay to dissolve oils and gunk, and matcha extract to minimise inflammation in acne-prone skin within three minutes.

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This story was first published in the November 2017 issue of Her World magazine.