En­larged Pores?

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Pores are tiny dots on your skin are ac­tu­ally the open­ings of hair fol­li­cles. Each tiny open­ing also con­tains your skin’s nat­u­ral oils that are vi­tal to keep­ing your skin hy­drated and soft. There­fore it’s im­pos­si­ble to get rid of your pores com­pletely, but you can make them slightly less no­tice­able.

CAUSES

The size of your pores can of­ten be ge­netic, so if they’re large, it’s not be­cause you’ve nec­es­sar­ily been do­ing some­thing wrong. How­ever, pores can ap­pear even big­ger if they’re clogged which hap­pens when your hor­mones pro­duce too much oil. Age can also con­trib­ute to en­larged pores. As you get older, your skin can lose its elas­tic­ity and as it thick­ens, tiny cells col­lect around the edge of the pores – mak­ing them ap­pear big­ger.

TREAT­MENTS

To re­duce the ap­pear­ance of en­larged pores you need to make sure you’re cleans­ing your skin ap­pro­pri­ately. Be care­ful of prod­ucts that are very harsh or dry­ing as, although you may think this will help oily skin, it can ac­tu­ally make it worse! Be­cause your skin thinks it’s dry­ing out af­ter you use those prod­ucts, it starts to pro­duce even more oil than be­fore! Ex­fo­li­a­tion can also help to min­i­mize the ap­pear­ance of pores. Use a gen­tle face brush to cleanse such as a Clar­isonic. Also try resur­fac­ing pads which ex­fo­li­ate the skin with­out ir­ri­tat­ing it. And pore seal­ers which should help form a bar­rier to stop pores clog­ging fur­ther. Don’t pick at or squeeze your pores as it can leave them look­ing larger per­ma­nently and you’ll also be trans­fer­ring any dirt that’s on your hands to your face.

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