I think you'll agree with me that enlarged pores can be a tad bit annoying to see. No, I take that back. Nobody wants them and I just wish they weren’t a thing! Unfortunately, our pores are a necessary evil. Pores release sebum or oil to naturally moisturize and create a protective layer for our skin. We actually need it to keep our skin healthy and supple.
Having less visible pores can get you smoother looking skin and a more even make up finish. But, it is impossible for any person to not have any pores. There are people with less visible pores than others, though.
The size and appearance of pores depend on genetics, skin condition, and age. Pores tend to look larger when they are clogged and when the skin’s collagen weakens. There is no way for you to change the natural size of your pores but there are ways for you to try and make them less visible.
1. Have a good cleansing routine
Our pores can be little pockets where dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and makeup can build up. Regular cleansing is the first step at lifting out these impurities. But, it is also important to use the right cleansers for your skin so as not to dry out and strip away the skin’s natural barriers. Dry skin can lead to even larger-looking pores.
2. Always remove makeup before you go to bed
Makeup, dust, and dead skin cells can cling to the oils your pores produce. These can all accumulate and block the pores. Make sure to wash away makeup and other debris to prevent clogging up your pores. You can also use makeup remover, wipes, or a warm face towel to wipe away any residue left on your face.
3. Add probiotics to your skincare regimen
Probiotics have shown to be effective at promoting skin hydration. This can prevent weakened collagen and oil buildup.
4. Gentle Exfoliation
Exfoliation is beneficial to your skin care regimen so you can get rid of dead skin cells that can clog up your pores.
Products that contain salicylic acid can help lift out the build-up of debris from your pores. Do note, however, that acid exfoliation should only be done a maximum of two times per week. Exfoliating too frequently can end up drying out the skin as well.
Gentle scrubs are also okay as long as you keep it at once a week. Too much scrubbing can create micro-tears on the skin. If you also end up irritating your skin, you will have swollen and larger looking pores.
5. Avoid touching your face
Touching your face can introduce unwelcome bacteria, dust, and oil to your face. Only touch your face when you are doing your cleansing and skincare routine.
6. Do not pick at pores
If you can’t touch your face, then you also shouldn’t prick your pores. Nothing helpful happens when you do this. You are only squeezing out the oil that your oil glands will replace. What you will have after picking at your skin are swollen, irritated pores that are now more visible than ever. Or worse, you might even create lesions and scarring on your face.
7. SPF is your friend
Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UV rays that can break down the skin’s collagen and elastin. This will loosen the skin and make your pores appear larger. Primers with SPF are a good choice because they can also smoothen out the appearance of pores while they protect you from the sun.
8. Use water-based moisturizers
Skincare products that contain heavy oils can clog your pores especially when you have dry, flaky skin. Mixing these oils with dust and dead skin cells will create a paste that will thoroughly block your pores.
Water-based moisturizers are a safer choice to hydrate and soften the skin. Soft, hydrated skin will allow the natural oils to settle into the skin more easily.
9. Gel-based cleansers can be helpful
This is especially true for those with oily skin. So when it comes to cleansing, going for a gel-based cleanser can be a good idea since it can help to pull away oil and debris more easily.
10. Consult your dermatologist
All people have different types of skin. It is always best to get the opinion of experts for you to have a better idea of how to best take care of your skin.
And lastly, you might be the only one noticing your visible pores. At the end of the day, the more you check on your pores, the larger and more visible they are to you. Relax and just stick to keeping your skin healthy. Nothing looks better than healthy glowing skin!