It seems that the older we get, the bigger our pores become. Large pores are seen in those with oily or combination skin but can also be a problem for those with mature skin.
The leading cause of pores enlarging is aging. However, big pore size is genetic. The sebaceous glands regulated oil production. Yes, dirt and debris can clog our pores and cause them to expand. But, as we age, our natural ability to slough off skin cells slows down. Big pores begin to appear on our nose and cheeks.
Put, they just do not slough away as fast as they used to. When we get older, our skin cannot function as it did in our younger years.
In our teen years, the regeneration of our cells is every 28 days. When you turn 30, the rate decreases significantly. The good news is that pores that look larger can look smaller too! With a few simple tricks at home, and you can restore the look of a bright, healthy complexion.
Large pores are a widespread occurrence, especially with mature skin. Over time, our skin’s natural exfoliation process slows. Our face no longer exfoliates dead skin cells as it used to when we were younger.
What ends up happening is the dead skin cells build up on our skin, clogging our pores and creating a dull appearance. Most of us do the occasional exfoliation, but you need to exfoliate consistently to keep pores clean. Every week is good, but if your skin can tolerate it, 2-3 times a week is best with a mild exfoliant.
If you are using harsher treatments, such as microcurrent, need to be done in a series of 6 treatments and then upkeep every 6-12 months. If you have a lot of dead skin cell build-up (especially those with oily/acne-prone skin,) we recommend doing a few treatments of microdermabrasion.
Overactive oil glands in the skin can also cause enlarged pores. Too much oil clogs the pore, and they are unable to close. Again, keeping the pores clean helps to minimize the look of open and large pores. Below are some helpful recipes to close large pores.
Use a Toner
Using a toner helps to keep pores clean. They also contain unique ingredients to close pores and help shrink them. Our Pore Minimizing Toner uses Disapore 20 and Lemongrass to tighten pores and minimize large pores' look.
Facial SteamMinimize large pores on the face with steam. Boil water on the stove and remove it from the burner. Add six drops of essential oils that are good for the skin like Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Cedarwood, Egyptian Myrrh, or Oregano.
Cold Water or Ice Cubes
Anything cold helps to shrink inflamed areas or skin. Splash your face with cold water or apply an ice cube wrapped in a towel to areas needed.
Apply a Mask
Mix Buttermilk and salt until it is a creamy mixture. Apply a thin layer to the skin and let sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Next, use a hot cloth and wrap your face. When the towel is fresh, remove and splash cold water on your face.
Look for products with exfoliating ingredients:
Did you know pores are hair follicles?
An average adult has approximately 5 million hairs on his/her body. So, if you are concerned about the large pores you might have on your face, take heart in the fact that there are more than 4.9 million of your pores that are nice and tight.
There is only a relatively small number that is causing you grief. Anyone wanting to look their best, large pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes can pose a significant problem. These annoying little issues get in the way of healthy, beautiful skin, not to mention that they contribute a lot to premature aging.
Enlarged pores on your face, especially in areas like the nose, chin, and cheeks, are unsightly when clogged with oils, dead skin cells, bacteria. And although it is practically impossible to permanently get rid of large pores, a proper skincare routine can unclog, clean, and shrink the pores.
Pores on your face enlarge only when they become clogged with oil, dirt, and bacteria, resulting in inflammation. Washing your face with a mild soap morning and night can help keep your facial pores small.2) Steaming Treatment for Pores on Your Nose
Steam treatments are perfect for unclogging the pores on your nose. All you need is a heatproof bowl and boiling water. Fill the container with water, and add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. To steam your face correctly, you need to drape a large towel over your head and lean over the container/bowl.
Let the steam penetrate your skin for about ten minutes. Take an ice cube and gently rub it on your face, especially on your nose and areas around it, for two to three minutes. It will close the pores that were opened and cleared by steaming. Do a steaming treatment once a week.
The majority of the renowned makeup artists worldwide swear by baking soda since it helps minimize the size of pores while fighting acne and spots at the same time.
Note: Use it with caution if you have sensitive skin as it might irritate.
Mix equal parts of warm water and baking soda. Preferably two tablespoons each. You will form a smooth paste. Massage the mixture into your pores gently using a circular motion for about a minute. Rinse off your face with lukewarm water. Use as a part of your everyday face-washing routine for five to seven days.
Reduce baking soda usage to three to five times a week after ten days or so.
Plain yogurt contains probiotics and lactic acid, which keeps the harmful bacteria in check, thereby decreasing acne and pore size when used on the skin. Take a couple of tablespoons of plain yogurt, and apply a thin layer over your face for five to ten minutes. Please do not keep it for longer than 10 minutes since it might irritate your skin. Use the mask once a week for the best results.5) Lemon and Pineapple Juice
Take a washcloth and soak it in a mixture of lemon and pineapple juices. Place it over your face for a minute, and rinse your skin with cold water. Pineapple and lemon juice contain natural enzymes that are known for skin tightening. It cleans and brightens your skin. Lemon juice, in particular, can shrink your large pores.6) Crushed Mint Leaves and Apple Cider Vinegar
As an organic astringent, apple cedar vinegar minimizes your pores to create smooth, healthy skin. It has certain anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities that help deep clean and protects your skin, resulting in bright, beautiful skin with a healthy complexion and fewer breakouts.
Mix two tablespoons of crushed fresh mint leaves and apple cider vinegar each in a small bottle. Let the mixture sit for about a week, and strain out the mint. Add one cup of filtered water into the mix, and use it as a regular toner, preferably before sleeping.
Alpha and beta acids are an excellent way to exfoliate. They are capable of weakening the binding properties of lipids that keep the dead skin cells. Sloughing off the outer layer of skin, revealing a fresher complexion. Beta Hydroxy Acids (i.e., Salicylic) are better than Alpha Hydroxy Acids (i.e., Glycolic) at penetrating pores since they are lipid-soluble.
BHA's are excellent for those with problematic complexions. They can easily cut through the sebum and oil in your pores. AHA's help to smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. You only need to do a chemical peel every 4 to 6 weeks.
The benefits of clay masks are endless! First of all, the clay draws out excess oil and moisture from your skin. Masks are momentarily giving your face a pleasant, tightening feeling and polished texture. Pores in areas like your nose, cheeks, and chin will appear smaller.
Clay masks are also popular for their detoxifying properties. There are countless facial mask products available that you can use at home. Always opt for the ones that are entirely or, at least, partially natural. Moreover, check if the mask you are considering matches your skin tolerance or not.
Clay masks are typically two clays, Kaolin (green) and Bentonite (grey). When added to a facial, they are excellent to refine the texture and tone of your complexion. Although these masks are ideal for sensitive skin, they might cause irritation and dryness if used too frequently.
Finally, you should always eat a balanced diet-- rich in whole grains, lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid caffeine-laden, sugary drinks as much as possible. Instead, drink plenty of water. Try to make sure you ingest vitamin A, B, and C regularly.
Vitamin A and vitamin C are essential for healthy skin, as they minimize pore size, scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. Oranges and other citrus fruits are best because they also help rebuild collagen that increases your skin elasticity, decreasing your pore walls.
At Skin Perfection, we know that nearly everyone will have this issue at some point in their lives, and we hope that the tips in this article will help you reduce the appearance of large pores on your face successfully!
About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.