Porexia: how to deal
While some of us may not even notice those minute dents in the face, others would love nothing more than to get a smooth and spot-free complexion. The fixation with pore size has become such a big skin care issue that dermatologists have even coined the term “porexia” for those who suffer from the obsession.
So, what causes open, enlarged pores? Skin pores exist to support hair growth and to allow natural oils to pass to the surface of the skin. The more oil your skin produces, the more enlarged your pores become, which can be due to the skin becoming thickened. Other factors that contribute to enlarged pores include loss of elasticity and even genetics.
Fortunately there are ways to make pores look a lot smaller and fake a flawless finish. So step away from the magnifying mirror and try some of the great products and treatments designed to manage those pesky little pores. Here’s our step-by-step guide to keeping that porexia at bay.
1) Steam your face
This will open up your pores. Fill a basin with warm water and hold your face over it for one to three minutes. Follow with a gentle exfoliating facial scrub, and rise with cold water.
2) Cleanse thoroughly
Cleansing is crucial for keeping pores at bay, but it’s important not to over-cleanse and disturb the complexion, which can increase the oil that your skin produces. Be sure to avoid harsh cleansers and do not exfoliate more than two or three times a week.
Try: Burt’s Bees Anti Blemish Solutions Pore Refining Scrub
3) Use a toner!
Toner is a product that’s quite often over looked, but is full of wonderful benefits: it not only helps shrink pores, but it also restores the pH balance of your skin and provide a layer of protection by closing pores and tightening cell gaps after cleansing. Bioré Triple Action Toner works to unclog and tighten pores while also removing oil and reducing surface shine
4) Invest in some pore strips
This may seem like an obvious tip, but when used correctly they can be very beneficial in your quest against clogged pores and blackheads. Apply a strip to the effected area once a week and allow it to sit for 20 to 25 minutes before removing the strip (and taking the stubborn built-up dirt with it).
Try: Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
5) Treat yourself to a clay mask
Clay masks are great for tightening pores; they draw out impurities and restore normal levels of hydration. A’kin Kaolin Clay and Activated Carbon Express Purifying Masque deeply cleanses the skin, absorbs excess oil and stimulates the skin to minimise the appearance of pores.
6) Use primers and products that smooth out pores
Pore-minimising products such as Benefit The POREfessional can be used over or under make-up to minmise the appearance of pores. The oil-free, lightweight formula complements all skin tones and can be used for touch ups throughout the day.
Do you worry about the size of your pores? What are your top tips for getting a smoother complexion?