Pores are an important part of the skin and should not be taken for granted. They are a passageway between the outside of the body and the inside, and they basically allow skin to breathe. However, when they are clogged and appear enlarged, they can leave you feeling unattractive. While skin type, genetics, sun exposure, and age all factor into the pores’ appearance, there are some things that can be done to reduce their size and visibility. Here are 12 simple suggestions:
1. Wash your Face Daily
Before pores clog and become enlarged and visible, you can keep them clean by cleansing your facial skin daily.
First, you will need to open your pores with hot water or steam from the faucet or shower, and then you should use a gentle cleanser twice a day. If, however, you can only wash your face once daily, night is better, since you must remove the daily buildup of oil, dirt, and makeup.
2. Tone your Skin
Toner clears skin because it contains essential acids which remove residual oil, dirt, and cleanser remnants after you wash your face. It also promotes the turnover of skin cells which reduces the appearance of pores.
3. Refrain from Touching your Face
The only time you should put your (naturally) greasy hands on your face is to wash it. Even when you are applying makeup, you should always use an applicator. And, not only are your hands almost always oily, they are also teaming with bacteria and germs, which can easily transfer into your pores and get locked in.
4. Apply a Primer with SPF Protection
As you know, it is crucial to wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but these formulas can be greasy and cause your skin to be shiny and oily. This leads to breakouts and enlarged pores. The solution? Try a primer under your foundation that contains SPF protection while smoothing the swollen pores.
5. Apply Retinoid Cream
Retinoid creams are issued over-the-counter and also in prescription strength. They aid in the turnover of skin cells leading to healthy skin renewal. This means your pores will appear minimized with continued use.
6. Try a Clay Mask Occasionally
Clay masks unclog stubborn pores by wicking the oil out which causes them to look much larger in appearance. Using a clay mask once a week is essential.
7. Go Get a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is an in-office treatment that tightens the appearance of pores each time it is performed. The latest formulas actually work beneath the skin and improve your appearance instantly without the added healing time of older formulas.
8. Buy Products Containing Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid absorbs oil and dissolves dead skin cells. It works best in conjunction with lactic acid, which is a bit weaker than glycolic acid, but can be just as effective at doing the same job.
9. Try a Scrub to Exfoliate
Use the gentlest exfoliating scrub that you can find, and only apply it weekly. If you over-exfoliate, you may irritate the skin. That said, regular exfoliation is necessary for the removal of dead skin cells which clog pores.
10. Don’t Use Oil-based Creams, Only Cleansers
Oil-based moisturizing products and even natural oils like olive and coconut tend to clog and enlarge pores, so they shouldn’t be used continuously on your face. Water-based hydrants are a much better alternative.
That said, oil-based cleansers dissolve facial oil much better than water, and are actually a much better choice when it comes to keeping your face clean.
This is a painless cosmetic procedure where the face is virtually sandblasted with microscopic crystals, which dig deep beneath the surface of your skin to remove oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and debris. The hour-long treatment offers immediate results, since cleansing the pores deep-down allows them to shrink.
12. Try a Pore Minimizer
Pore minimizer formulas contain not only glycolic acid, but other pore-reducing ingredients like azelaic acid, green tea, and willow bark extract. The added components control acne, reduce inflammation, and provide antioxidants which fight premature aging and damage from free radicals in the air.
In conclusion, following any or all of these steps should help you to minimize the appearance of pores on your face and neck. While it is natural for pores to be somewhat visible, they should not be obvious to anyone having a face-to-face conversation with you. If you can clearly see your enlarged pores in the mirror, it may be time to put these tips to use and clear away the debris that is clogging and enlarging them.
For more information about refining your enlarged pores, contact us at Advanced Skin Care of Smoky Point. We offer Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion facial treatments to renew and refresh your skin. Come by today and be sure to share this information on social media and sound off in the comments below.