One of the first and most feared signs of aging is the dreaded look of enlarged pores. However, this could also be a problem for any age and not just for mature skin. Pore size depends on many factors; people with fair skin have fairly smaller pores in comparison to those with olive or darker skin tones. The skin type whether oily or dry plays another major role as well. Surely, you must have tried shrinking your pores the old fashioned way by splashing cold water or using egg-white masks, but sadly, research says that pore size is genetically determined.
Pores are the openings of the hair follicles and each one contains a sebaceous gland that produces the skin’s oils. Dead skin cells and trapped sebum can enlarge pores. Sun exposure also enlarges pores as the sun’s rays weaken the collagen that keeps pores tight. Along those lines, the loss of collagen that comes with aging can also enlarge pores. Picking and squeezing pores can also damage the skins and cause the pores to widen. There are ways, however, to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and we have looked into some of them for you…
1 || Cleanse Cleanse Cleanse
Clean pores are the key. Always cleanse with a pH-balanced cleanser before bedtime to prevent your pores from getting clogged with makeup remains and the dirt that accumulated during the day.
2 || Don’t Sweat It
Cleans before and after your workout, since sweating opens up pores and makes them more receptive to surrounding radicals. For practicality use wipes such as the below.
3 || Switch Up
Modify your skin care routine by switching to products that are not heavy on your skin and do not clog your pores “noncomedogenic”.
4 || Brush Cleanse
Use a cleansing brush such as the Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing System.
5 || Exfoliate
Exfoliate two to three times a week to remove dead skins that can enlarge pores. Use products that contains AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), retinol, or fruit enzymes that speed up cell renewal and reduce the appearance of pores by pushing out the debris from the skin.
6 || Fight the Oil
Apply lotions that contain salicylic acid if you are prone to breakouts.
7 || Steam It
Do a facial steam to open up pores and release the debris.
8 || SunScreen
Apply sunscreen religiously; exposure to UVA and UVB rays creates free radical damage which inhibits cell regeneration.
9 || Peel It
Take it to the next level with glycolic or salicylic peels that are performed at your dermatologist.
10 || Light it Up
Red light LED therapy is a treatment that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which can also shrink pores.
11 || Keep it Dewy
Steer clear of face powders and use creams and oils instead for a dewy complexion that gives the illusion of smaller pores.