About the Pores
Pores, the openings of your sweat glands, are all over your body. Oil secretes through pores to hydrate the skin. However, pores tend to be prominent in the oiliest areas, especially on the facial T-zone (the sides of the nose, the forehead and the chin). During puberty, excess hormones cause these oil glands to over-produce. When clogged and dilated with excess oil, pores can appear larger than they really are. There is no solution to reduce the size of your pores permanently. However, understanding the causes and making the right beauty choices can help reduce the appearance of large pores.
Natural Causes of Large Pores
Genetics, age and sun damage all play a factor in pore size. You will naturally have large pores if you are born with oily or combination skin. Excessive oil production makes pores look larger. As you age, skin loses suppleness, regardless of skin type, and pores appear enlarged as a result. The sun has a similar effect. Prolonged sun exposure weakens skin’s collagen, and the walls of pores sag as they lose elasticity.
Blackheads, simply old sebum or oil collected in pores, are also the culprit of enlarged pores. When the yellowish sebum builds up, it oxidizes and turns black. These black plugs or open comedones make your pores appear larger in size. Over-cleaning your skin encourages oil production and increases the chance of having clogged pores.
Keep You Pores Clear
Clean, empty pores appear tighter and smaller. To empty your pores, use a blackhead extractor. When used correctly, the rounded loops on those extractors safely squeeze out blackheads without harming your skin. Commercial pore strips work just as well if you are afraid of aggravating your skin. Immediately after your first treatment, your pores will look like empty craters. Your skin will re-adjust and the pores will look smaller in time. Exfoliate your skin once in a while to clear dead skins cells away from pore openings.
A foundation primer will help keep your makeup foundation from going straight into your pores. The primer evens out your skin tone and enables even coverage. Soak up excess oil with blotting papers during the day. If necessary, touch up with a dusting of powder to diffuse the appearance of large pores. Look for the term “non-comedogenic” when purchasing facial products.
References and ResourcesSun Damage and Pore Size: The Other Reason to Wear Sunscreen
Medical News Today: What are Blackheads?
The Palm Clinic: A Nose Full of Blackheads