The Naked Truth: Pores

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Hey beauties, with so many pores/blackhead “eliminating” products on the market today that claim to do everything from shrink pore size to make pores disappear, but it makes me wonder, what’s really true? I would do just about anything to reduce the appearance of my large pores. Can you actually shrink pores or just make them seem smaller? What makes them big, to begin with?

This mama right here is on a mission to have healthy-looking skin with less noticeable pores—I will make it my goal.

There’s a lot of jibber-jabber surrounding pores. You might wonder what are pores? They are tiny openings that contain oil-producing sebaceous glands that allow dead skin cells to reach the surface. The age-old idea that you can shrink your pores with different remedies seems simple and effective, right? Sadly, it’s a misconception. You can’t actually “shrink” your pores. They’re nothing but small openings in the skin because they don’t have muscles, they can’t open or close. You should take the idea out of your mind of being able to open and close the pores via steaming or splashing with cold water. Let me give you a little insight, even though pores can cause problems such as acne and oily skin, it can be hard to remember that they actually exist for a good reason. The hair follicles, sweat glands, and oil glands end in pores. They provide a way for our body to flush out toxins, regulate temperature and moisturize dry skin. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to sweat, and our bodies would overheat. So, ladies, it’s not all bad.

Here are several reasons why pores may seem more visible:

  1. Genetics
  2. Sun damage
  3. Aging
  4. Excess oil production
  5. Improper skincare

Darker skin tones generally have larger pores than lighter/pale skin tones. Those with dry skin tend to have the smallest pores as they don’t produce many oils, and those with oily skin have large noticeable pores (unfortunate to me). Many people end up using products or treatments for large pores that instead of minimizing the pores make matters worse! When pores become repeatedly blocked they can stretch, increasing in size and therefore appearing more noticeable on the skin. So, although you can’t physically change the appearance of your pores by making them smaller, you can “mimic” your pores to seem like they’re tighter and less noticeable.

Here are some things that you can do to minimize their appearance:

  1. Exfoliate often
  2. keep your face clean
  3. Wear sunscreen
  4. Moisturize
  5. Use salicylic acid
  6. Use retinol

The use of steam is to soften hard oil debris deep down your pores, in preparation for cleansing so it will be easier to clean out your pores, and remove any blackheads, and or whiteheads. The most important key to making pores appear smaller is to keep them clear. Never use your fingers to squeeze out the gunk off your pores (very guilty here), it will just irritate them and you’ll just make the pores seem worse than what they first appeared to be. If you pop a pimple or blackhead incorrectly you can damage the pore and enlarge it. If you do plan on popping your pores it’s best to do it with a sterile needle after steaming, clean with alcohol before and uses an extractor with even pressure. Then apply a topical antibiotic. I’m sorry to say pore size is genetically determined, so you have to accept what you were given. But don’t despair, as I mentioned above, these are the few things you can do at home to minimize the appearance of your pores.

What have you done with your pores? What methods and products you use? Were you one of the many misinformed about pores? I’d love to know!

Until next time,

Xoxo

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