Large Pores


Large Pores on the Face

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 as we age is from our skin cells natural ability to slough off slows down. Simply put, they just do not slough away as fast as they used to. When we get older, our skin just does not have the ability to function as it did in our younger years. The good news is that large pores can look smaller. Just a few simple tricks at home, and you can restore the look of a bright, healthy complexion.

Large pores are very common, especially as we age. 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 to truly keep pores clean, exfoliation needs to be done on a consistent, weekly basis. 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 large 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 the look of large pores.

Facial Steam

Minimize large pores on the face with steam. Boil water on the stove and remove from burner. Add six drops of essential oils that are good for the skin like Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Cedarwood, Egyptian Myrrh or Oregano. We suggest a blend of 2 drops each of the following essential oils: Lavender, Chamomile, and Eucalyptus. Place a towel over your head to capture the steam. Continue for approximately 5 minutes.

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 tepid water. Next, use a hot cloth and wrap your face. When the towel is cool, remove and splash cold water on your face.

Look for products with exfoliating ingredients:

  • Lemon or lemongrass
  • Enzymes
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  • Manual microdermabrasion with jojoba beads or aluminum crystals

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. For 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 a healthy, beautiful skin, not to mention that they contribute a lot to premature aging. Enlarged pores on your face, especially in areas like nose, chin and cheeks are unsightly when clogged with oils, dead skin cells, bacteria. And although it is practically impossible to get rid of large pores permanently, proper skin care routine can unclog, clean and shrink the pores.

Some Tips before You Start:

1. Make certain that your hands are clean before to touching your face since your finger tips contain oils that might clog your pores.
2. Have everything ready before you begin your skincare regime.
3. Avoid doing everything at once.
4. Make certain the products you are using aren’t expired (we often forget to check the expiry date).
5. If anything irritates your skin, stop immediately.
6. Never over-steam your pores.

Here are 8 easy ways you can reduce the appearance of large pores on your face:

1) Wash Your Face Every Day

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 regularly will keep your facial pores small.

2) Steaming Treatment for Pores on Your Nose

A steam treatment is perfect for unclogging the pores on your nose. All you need is a heatproof bowl and boiling water. Fill the bowl with water, and add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. To steam your face properly, 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. This treatment shouldn’t be used more than once a week.

3) Baking Soda Paste

The majority of the renowned makeup artists around the world 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 cause irritation. Mix equal parts of warm water and baking soda, preferably two tablespoons each, until a smooth paste is formed. Massage the mixture into your pores gently using a circular motion for about a minute. Rinse off your face with lukewarm water. This method can be utilized as a part of your everyday face-washing routine for five to seven days. Reduce the usage of baking soda paste to three to five times a week after ten days or so.

4) Yogurt Mask for Pores on Your Cheeks

Plain yogurt contains probiotics and lactic acid, which when used on the skin, keeps the bad bacteria in check, thereby decreasing acne and pore size. Take a couple of tablespoons of plain yogurt, and apply a thin layer over your face for five to ten minutes. Do no keep it on longer than 10 minutes since it might irritate your skin. Use the mask once a week for 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 clears 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 deeply clean and protects your skin, resulting in clear, 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 mixture, and use it like a regular toner, preferably before sleeping.

7) Use AHA's and BHA's

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 typically used for those with problematic complexions. They can easily cut through the sebum and oil in your pores. AHA's are used for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. These chemical peels should be used only every 4 to 6 weeks.

8) Use Clay Masks

Clay draws out oil and water from your skin, momentarily giving your face a pleasant, tightening sensation and polished texture. This means that pores in areas like your nose, cheeks, and chin will appear smaller. Clay masks are also popular for their detoxifying properties. There are countless clay mask products available that you can use at home. Always opt for the ones that are fully or, at least, partially natural. Moreover, check if the mask you are considering matches your skin tolerance or not. Clay masks are typically a combination of Kaolin Clay and Bentonite. When added to a facial, they are excellent for refining skin texture and tone. Although these masks are ideal for sensitive skin, they might cause irritation and dryness if used too frequently. Finally, you should always try to 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 highly recommended because they also help rebuild collagen that increases the elasticity of your skin, 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 to reduce the appearance of large pores on your face successfully!

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