Can Hot Water Open Pores?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Don’t bother. It’s a waste of time. We’ve already talked about how the whole closing pores with cold water thing doesn’t work. If that doesn’t work, why would hot water?

Let’s put the “hot water opens pores” myth to rest once and for all, shall we?

  • Why Hot Water Can’t Open Pores
  • What Does Hot Water Really Do For Your Skin?
  • Are There Any Side Effects When You Wash Your Face With Hot Water?
  • What’s The Best Way To Unclog Pores?
  • The Bottom Line

Why Hot Water Can’t Open Pores

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Truth bomb: NOTHING can open pores. Not even hot water. Pores aren’t doors. You can’t open and close them at will.

What Does Hot Water Really Do For Your Skin?

Hot water can’t open pores, but it helps unclog them.

Are There Any Side Effects When You Wash Your Face With Hot Water?

You’re not going to like this.

I love showering with HOT (read: “so-boiling-hot-you-can-cook-an-egg-in- there”) water. I’d love nothing better for it to open my pores, so my serums and moisturizers could penetrate deeper and work better.

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Truth is, I’m just drying out my skin and making it wither like an old prune. Hot water is terribly drying to the skin. It disrupts the skin’s protective barrier, leaving it dry, tight, and flaky. Oh, and more prone to irritations, too!

What’s The Best Way To Unclog Pores?

Salicylic acid. This oil-soluble exfoliant penetrates deep inside your pores, removing all the crap that’s clogging them up. While it’s at it, it also exfoliates the surface of your skin, preventing new dead cells from falling into your pores in the first place.

For best results, use it every other night. Daily exfoliation is a no-no. Unless you have oily, resistant skin, it can lead to dryness and irritation.

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The Bottom Line

Hot water can’t open pores. But it can dry out the skin. Be careful with it!

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