For starters, open pores are hated! However, the minute you put a very common myth to bed you will no longer blame your skin mishaps on your pores status anymore, why? Because pores do not open and close! Whatever treatment you do to your skin, be it steam it, ice it, heat it, your pores won’t change in size, but rather the blood vessels in your face will.
That said, what are pores anyway??
Pores are holes, in your skin, connected to hair follicles that allow sweat and oil to reach the surface. Pores of all sizes are totally normal, you can keep hating on them all your life, but being pore-less in simply inhuman.. Even people with ‘no pores’ have them, but are lucky to have them in the smallest of sizes. Usually, pores are most commonly concentrated in the center of the face. They dilate and stretch. Many factors affect the appearance of pores we have, mainly genetics, collagen loss and sun damage are the things that determine pore size.
FACT; pores don’t open or close, however, they can grow larger in size!
If the collagen in your skin becomes weak and damaged, or if it suffers from congestion and over production of sebum, blackheads or oxidation, the illusion of larger or more obvious pores would be the case.. That’s when no amount of cold water or ice will help. So, what are we to do in order to inhibit pore expansion?
Ways To Minimize The Size of Your Pores
1 || Retinol
The holy grail of the beauty industry, which seems to solve almost every skin problem out there is retinol. This hero of a vitamin A derivative increases cell turnover and boosts collagen production. Resulting in fresh new skin cells with minimized appearance of pores.
2 || Sunblock
Sun damage is the main cause behind skin damage, which leads to skin aging. Applying SPF of 30 or more on a daily basis, winter or summer, indoors or outdoors night or day is crucial. You will notice less of your pores if you committed to skin protection.
3 || Acid Peels
If clogged pores are a constant issue, then using products containing AHA and BHA acids like lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid will help with cellular turnover to keep your pores clear.
4 || Treatments And Procedures
Things like microdermabrasion or microneedling are going to make your pores look smaller just because there’s more edema or swelling. The skin plumps in response to trauma. The pores look like they’re tighter, but they’re actually not.