Our quest for a perfect complexion can easily be derailed by large pores that can also become clogged pores. While pore size is determined by genetics, there are many ways to actually minimise the appearance of your large pores. If you keep up a consistent skin care routine that targets the reduction of large pores, your pursuit for a gorgeous complexion can be achieved.
Here’s how to minimise large pores with expert tips and budget-friendly beauty products.
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Why do I have so many pores on my nose?
Pores are actually the top of hair follicles. And each pore contains a sebaceous gland which naturally produce oil called sebum. However, everyone is born with different sized pore openings. Since your pore size is mainly due to genetics, it means that either of your parents have, or had, large pores, making that the reason why you do, too.
But why are pores more noticeable on your nose you ask? The nose area is where your body normally produces the most oil, so these pores can become clogged quite easily, in turn making them appear more apparent to the eye.
What causes enlarged pores on your face?
Unfortunately, the pores on your face have the ability to grow in size. This is usually a result of of a buildup of excess sebum, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells. When your pores become clogged, they stretch out to accommodate the excess debris, and appear enlarged.
Blackheads can also stretch out your pores. When excess oil is trapped by dead skin cells it can oxide and make a pore look black and bigger.
Another factor is collagen which is vital in keeping our pores tight and small, but a lack of it can also result in large pores. As we age, and also due to UV sun damage, collagen can weaken, and our pores can enlarge. Guilty of picking a pimple? This simple act also has the ability to do long-term damage to your pores.
Skin type and colour can also determine your pore size. Those with fair skin usually have smaller pores, whereas, olive and dark skin types normally have large pores. And if you normally have dry skin, your pores will be small, but those with oily skin will often have much more visible pores.
How do you reduce pores on your face?
The good news is you can actually do something about keeping your pores at bay and to minimise their size. There are so many budget-friendly beauty products to choose from to help you do so. Here’s a few to get you started!
Exfoliate! Since exfoliation helps to steamroll debris and smooth out skin, using a physical scrub a few times a week can help keep pores clean and unclogged.
Try a targeted solution. Start by using beauty products that contain ingredients that can penetrate clogged pores to keep them clean and clear. Pore refining ingredients such as red clover extract si a naturally powerful anti-clogger that works to remove debris that can lead to clogged pores. Another ingredient to try is benzoyl peroxide that works to kill bacteria that can cause clogged pores.
Apply a clay mask. Detoxifying ingredients such as clay are also a powerful anti-clogging agent. Clay is like a magnet and can help to lift up and remove grime that may be stuck in your pores. But it also has the ability to help heal your skin to prevent further breakouts and brighten your overall complexion. Since it won’t dry your skin out, you can apply a mask every few days or when needed.
Tone your skin. After cleansing, apply a pore-minimising toner that can help to balance and exfoliate your skin. Not only will it help clear away dead skin cells and debris that causes clogged pores but they will also help serums to penetrate your skin much more effectively.
Fake your way. When your pores won’t budge, there’s plenty of makeup beauty products to help disguise them. Start by laying down a primer to create a smooth canvas so that your base and concealer applies easily and smoothly. SInce foundation can exaggerate the appearance pores, use a base product that evens out skin tone such as a CC cream.
How do you treat your pores? What techniques do you use to cover up your pores?