1. Pores Are Actually Hair Follicles
You have pores all over your body and they’re tiny hair follicles that contain a sebaceous gland. These glands then produce sebum (oil) onto the surface of skin, which protects skin from external aggressors, but can also become clogged with too much oil, which sometimes leads to pores becoming more visible.
2. They’re Often The Result Of UV Damage
Like most signs of ageing, enlarged pores can be the result of UV and free radical damage. This is because sun damage depletes collagen levels, causing skin to become weak and pores to look visibly stretched. Dry skin then settles around the outside of gaping pores and can cause them to appear coarser and less glow-y.
3. They’re Not A Genetic Condition
Of course, sometimes it can be in your DNA, but it’s also a result of many other things. Lifestyle, diet, hormonal imbalance or a history of skin damage are all contributing factors to large pores. It’s also been reported that between the ages of 25-50 they can double in size due to environmental factors and further UV exposure over the years.
4. You Can’t Get Rid Of Them, But You Can Reduce Their Appearance
Visiting a clinic for monthly extractions is a great way of minimising their appearance. Following up with fruit-based acid peels and skin-needling or radio frequency treatments can also really help to clear and refine the skin. This is because they stimulate collagen production for a plump, healthy complexion, making pores less visible. I recommend applying serums regularly that contain salicylic acid too, these will gently exfoliate the complexion and gradually shrink pores overtime – it’s also more cost-effective.
5. Don’t Overload Your Skin To Counteract Pores
It’s a very common mistake to use peels that contain ingredients like retinol or exfoliants on a daily-basis. This will just increase the sebum flow, resulting in the skin producing even more oil in order to defend itself. Instead, focus on a low GI diet, avoid as much stress as possible and stick to a skincare regime that’s simple and pared back – just cleanser and moisturiser.
6. They Can Contribute To Acne
If pores are blocked for a long time, they can contribute to inflamed skin and spots. That’s why seeking out extraction treatments is key, as is a daily skincare routine that gently cleanses and removes all traces of make-up. It’s the simplest and easiest way of preventing a build-up of bacteria getting ingrained into pores.
7. Moisturiser Can And Should Still Be Used
Often people are scared that moisturiser will clog their pores further, it won’t, you just need to use lightweight formulas. Look to ones without silicones (they clog the skin) and for formulas that are oil-free.
8. Ice Will Help Keep Pores Healthy
Try a little Cryotherapy at home, it’s a great DIY hack. Make your own infused ice-cubes by freezing water with sage, camomile or rosemary teas. Then use these cubes all over the face for an at-home massage. The herbs will soothe the skin while ice acts as the ultimate pore-shrinker and leave everything feel tight and clean. Trust me, it works.
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