Minimize Pores Naturally – 5 Ways!
Pores are becoming an increasing concern when it comes to skincare. In a study of over 2,000 adults conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of L’Oreal Paris, nearly half of women (45%) wish they could change the size of their pores, and 28% are more concerned about pore size than wrinkles.
What Causes Large Pores?
Your pores may become larger and appear more visible due to a variety of reasons.Most often, the cause is due to extra sebum, oil, and bacteria on your skin which can cause pores to become clogged. When your pores become clogged, this causes inflammation and pore canals to expand, which leads to the appearance of larger pores. There are many proven factors that cause our pores to become larger including aging, clogged pores, acne, sun damage, makeup,stress, and hormonal changes etc.
Can I Change My Pore Size?
Pore size is predetermined by genetics. While you can’t permanently shrink the actual size of your pores, you can certainly make them look smaller on the surface.
Minimize Pores Naturally – 5 Ways!
1. Get Sweaty
You may think sweat is an unsightly and unhygienic by-product of exercise, however it actually helps dispel all the dirt and oil residing in your pores. As we heat up from exercising, our pores dilate and the sweat flushes out those acne- and black head-causing irritants. The caveat is that if you leave the sweat to settle on your face post-exercise, the dirt and oil will simply get trapped in your pores again. Therefore, you must wash your face after a sweat session.
2. Wash your face twice a day.
Cleansing your face regularly will ensure that you’re washing away any oil or impurities that could become pore cloggers. Since oil dissolves oil, cleansing oils are ideally suited to be used as cleansers for enlarged pores. Cleansing oils usually contain an oil base, along with a traditional skin-cleansing ingredient called a surfactant, which helps bind to dirt on the skin and remove it without disrupting the skin barrier. Cleansing oils are some of the gentlest products that will still ensure every last trace of waterproof mascara and foundation is removed. (Some are even packed with good-for-you ingredients that will actively nourish skin while giving a deep clean.)
3. Use a clay mask
A clay mask can help shrink your pores by reducing inflammation and drawing out not only dirt and bacteria, but also toxins. Clay masks are remarkable at pulling sebum, dirt and possible bacteria from the skin pores. After application of a clay mask, you will feel your face tighten as the clay dries. As the clay dries it “soaks” up the skins natural oils and anything clogging the pores and draws it to the surface.
4. Exfoliate regularly.
Exfoliating may make pores less noticeable. You slough off dead skin cells that could potentially block pores, and this helps encourage new cell generation.To get the results you want, you need to exfoliate safely to avoid damaging your skin. Physical exfoliants contain granules or beads to literally scrub and buff away dead cells and dirt. Chemical exfoliants include alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic and lactic acid, beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid, or natural fruit enzymes which gently dissolve dead skin cells for skin resurfacing. Don’t overdo it with exfoliation. Be gentle with your skin, never scrub, rub, pick at, or squeeze the skin on your face.
5. Wear SPF 30 + Sunscreen daily
Large Pores and poor skin texture are due to poor loose collagen around pores.If the skin around the pore’s surface is more full and supple, the opening will appear smaller even if you can’t shrink the actual size of the pore below. The sun breaks down your skin's collagen, which is responsible for keeping your face firm and elasticized, so you're left with larger pores and stretchier skin after repeat exposure. Wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage daily (SPF 30+, protects against both UVA and UVB).
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