Enlarged facial pores are a common beauty concern that many would like to understand and remedy. If you have this concern, here's what you should know.
A pore is an opening in the skin that ensures input and output of gasses and fluids. The size of pores is most noticeable on the nose, mid cheeks, forehead and chin. Although benign, the pore size, or the appearance of large pores is a worry because they are perceived as signs of aging or “imperfect skin”.
Skin exposure to environmental factors such as extreme heat, sun , cold and pollutants, among others can affect skin elasticity and produce enlarged pores. Skin prone to congestion can also be a canvas for enlarged pores and it is very important to cleanse, extract and exfoliate the skin surface regularly. Though the appearance of the pore size can be improved, it cannot be changed.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE PORE SIZE APPEARANCE
Large pores are best treated by keeping the skin clean and and adjacent skin areas hydrated and plum, so that the pores appear less large. Here are the most important steps to remember:
Wash out the pore debris
USE NON-COMEDOGENIC INGREDIENTS
Use products that are free of pore clogging ingredients. Pore cloggers are cosmetic ingredients that have the ability to quickly contribute to the formation of blackheads in the pores, and then eventually acne. Use our PORE CLOGGER CHECKER TOOL to identifying products that might be causing pores to clog.
Exfoliate excess build up in the pores that can lead to permanent pore enlargement (eg. large, calcified blackheads)
Hydrate & plump the skin with a toner &/or serum with humectants and hydrators.
Use products that help regulate Sebum (oil) such as Retinols.
Prevent damage to collagen and elastin (skin sagging) by using sunscreen and practicing safe sun exposure.
You can refine your pores with a well-rounded skincare routine, incorporating products and ingredients specifically designed to target the concern. And as always, please reach out to us for expert advice!