Pores are tiny openings in the skin that are visible to the naked eye but with proper care can be managed.
Even the most flawless looking skin has pores. However, that is not a bad thing. Pores are what allow the sebum, oil, and sweat to be released onto the surface of the skin. Things take a turn for the worse when these pores become enlarged enough to be visible or if your pore is clogged by excess sweat. Although it has no negative medical or health implications, they are unsightly and may make the skin look dull, haggard, and uneven. Fortunately, shrinking the pores gently back to their normal size is not a difficult task.
But first, let’s take a look at what causes the pores to become enlarged.
Causes of Enlarged Pores
There are many factors that can lead to enlarged pores. The bad news is that these factors are almost always present. Therefore, you need to remain vigilant at all times if you want to avoid enlarged pores. Dirt, pollution, dead skin cells, oil, sebum, makeup, and other debris can clog up these pores and cause them to enlarge. Moreover, exposure to heat and sunlight for prolonged periods can also have this impact on pore size.
Why are Enlarged Pores a Bad Thing?
By definition, enlarged pores mean that the openings in your skin are now wider than normal. This means that all the dirt particles in the air, free radical pollutants, and bacteria can easily penetrate the skin. Moreover, it also gives your skin a grainy and uneven texture. This gets in the way of giving you a smooth complexion after you apply makeup, and can also make your skin moreprone to acne.
How to Shrink the Pores?
Shrinking the pores back to their normal size is not difficult. All it requires is a little patience and consistent care. Keep your skin clean, use the gentle cleansers and avoiding exposure to sunlight are some of the things you can incorporate into our routine today to make your pores appear smaller.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Use a gentle cleanser andchemical exfoliator on your skin to keep the pores clean and small. Exfoliators containing alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) or beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) which is also known as salicylic acid, can keep the skin clean and remove the dirt and dead cells that can clog the pores. Exfoliating the skin twice a week is enough. Any more than this can strip the skin of all the moisture. Physical exfoliators such as scrubs, on the other hand, can worsen the condition. Although they clean out the skin, they can also irritate the skin.
Natural Skin Care
Plant-powered ingredients can be an effective solution to enlarged pores.Aloe vera and neem have cooling properties required to shrink pores and undo the damage caused by sunlight and heat. Their astringent and antiseptic properties can also help get rid of dirt, bacteria, and other pollutants that are harming the skin and clogging the pores. Moisturizing yet breathable, aloe also reduces the skin’s need to produce excess oils.
Other remedies for enlarged pores using natural products include a tomato mask or using citrus fruits. Tomatoes have an astringent quality which allows them to absorb all the oil on your skin. Simply place tomato slices on your face for 20 minutes and rinse.
Use Sunscreen Regularly
Exposure to sunlight and UV rays not onlycauses enlarged pores but can also harm your skin in a myriad of other ways. To avoid all these issues, using sunscreen regularly is a must, regardless of the weather or how long you are going to remain in the sun. Choose one with oil-free SPF of at least 30. Sunscreen can be used with makeup too.
All these methods are mild enough to be used with the confidence that they won’t irritate your skin. Thereby, putting you on the fast track towards radiantly flawless skin free of any visible pores.
*Beedewy cannot be held responsible for any actions made, implied or expressed by anyone as a result of this guidance. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are in no way intended to heal, prevent or treat any illness. Please consult your doctor if you are seeking medical advice.