Enlarged pores can prevent you from creating an even skin tone that we’re all seeking to achieve. Here’s a guide to understanding pores and how to reduce the appearance of pores so you can get a flawless complexion.
First things first, what are pores? In a nutshell, pores play an important part in helping to maintain healthy skin. Pores are tiny openings and you will find these on top of hair follicles and on the skin where the sebum (natural oils) are produced and released onto the skin’s surface to keep it naturally moisturised and protected from dryness. The size of your pores is largely determined by genetics and can also occur more commonly due to environmental factors, ageing, if too much oil is produced and during/after bouts of acne.
You can’t close pores altogether but you can use products that will help to reduce and minimise the look of pores. Here’s a rundown of products that can help plus a few useful tips and tricks.
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Keep your skin squeaky clean. Cleanse twice a day and always take off make up and dirt from the day.
Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Don’t over exfoliate as this can harm the skin and result in even larger pores and lead to breakouts. Opt for a gentle exfoliator that is kind to the skin.
Protect your skin all year round with an SPF. Make SPF part of your daily routine as it safeguards your skin from sun damage and the break down of collagen in turn results in enlarged, saggy pores.
Choose moisturisers that are highly hydrating to ensure skin is getting enough moisture. Look out for products that are specially designed for sensitive skin. The term for these is non-comedogenic which means they contain ingredients that don’t clog the pores.