Large Pores: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t!

  • June 29, 2017
  • ExperChat Staff

Does the sight of your large pores send you running for the hills? Dealing with large pores can be a difficult thing and it can exasperate even the most tolerant soul. So how can you get rid of them?

Where do They Come From? 

Enlarged pores are the result of different components. Heredity, age, and excess oil are a few. Because pore size is mainly determined by genetics, what you see is what you get. Interestingly, men tend to get large pores more than women. Although you wish you could change their size, you can’t. Unfortunately, pores do not have muscles and they cannot be opened or closed at will. 
As we age, skin loses its elasticity and doesn’t renew cells as quickly as it did before. Those factors, combined with sun damage, cause skin to thicken. When the skin around the pore is not as collagen-rich and firm, tiny cells will then collect around the edges of the pore, giving them a larger appearance.
Pores can appear larger if they have excess oil in them; therefore, most people that deal with large pores also have oily skin. The overabundance of oil in a pore will cause it appear larger no matter what your age. This extra oil can often cause the pore to enlarge (the nose being a popular spot) and become trapped with dead skin cells.
Although it may not seem like it, a pore’s reason for existing is not to make life miserable. Pores actually have multiple beneficial functions. They are openings in our body that are meant to release toxins, moisturize the skin, and monitor body temperature. However, when pores are enlarged, they have been known to cause many unwanted issues – think infection, acne, and blackheads.

How to Treat Them – The Routine

Experts suggest that you have a balancing skincare regimen to give you healthy skin and combat large pores. 

Always cleanse with gentle water-soluble cleansers (at least twice a day), consistently removing all makeup before sleeping. Not removing makeup can contribute to clogging the pore and making matters worse. It is important to remove the dirt, oil, and bacteria of the day.

TONE: Using a toner is also essential. The general population thinks this step is not important, when, in reality, it is. Expert aesthetician Tamara Townsend emphasizes that people should use toner. “Too many people skip toner. Every time you wash your face it changes the pH of your skin. If you don’t tone, and then you go out in the world, the pollution turns the oil in the pore black; oxidizing it and resulting in blackheads”. Therefore, toning will not only remove excess oil, dirt, and traces of makeup, but it will also balance the pH of your skin.

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Another important step is to use a gentle exfoliator regularly. Select one that isn’t too harsh or over-drying. Exfoliators can be either manual (gentle scrubs) or chemical (also known as AHA’s and BHA’s). Chemical exfoliants tend to be more gentle and effective – especially BHA’s (salicylic acid) – because they can exfoliate inside the pore, helping to rebuild its shape and unclog any debris.

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INCORPORATE A MASK: Clay masks can also make a huge difference for pores. Clay masks have oil and water absorbing properties that can give skin a temporarily tightened sensation. Because they draw out impurities they promote a refined skin texture. Just be cautious not to overuse them to prevent over-drying your skin.

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NOTE ON NIACINAMIDE: Our Experts love using niacinamide products. Niacinamide is a B vitamin and B vitamins are known for increasing energy in cells as well as circulation. The energy increase causes cells to receive more oxygen and nutrients, giving skin a healthy look. It is an impressive substance that aids in the tightening of pores.

Expert Cali Van Aelst is a fan and says, “Niacinamide is a miracle ingredient. It is in everything lately. It is very effective for skin restoration with many benefits. It is the very best for pigmentation, brightening and evening out skin tone. Also, it’s very hydrating and good for large pores and fine lines”.  Mind, blown.

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Final Note

In the end, skin takes time to repair and adjust. While you’re waiting, a valuable partner in the battle of the pores is makeup. There are thousands of products on the market that target those pesky pores and help you in the quest for buttery smooth skin. Try a primer or foundation that is meant to minimize the look of pores. One popular product that does just that is Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® pore refiner primer

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