We all wish we had poreless, smooth skin. But, the sad truth of the matter is, we all have them – regardless of age, gender, weight, complexion, acne, or no acne. They are a fact of life, like we’ve got eyes and a nose, we will always have pores. SORRY, but it’s true..
What we CAN do is manage them as best as we can which requires some work, of course, and patience.
So, here are some tips on how to get rid of large pores on your face, or rather, how to reduce appearance of pores.
Know your Enemy: Pores
Before we can dive into how to get rid of large pores on your face, it’s important to understand the enemy to better strategize the attack.
First, what are pores? A pore is simply the skin surrounding a hair follicle, and depending on several factors (amount of oil, dryness, etc) the pore can look larger. The pore is essentially a shaft through which our sweat glands release sweat when stimulated, and the same shaft through which our oil glands send naturally developed oils to the skin’s surface.
Generally, the more oil (sebum), the larger your pore. Think of it like a balloon – the more you fill a balloon, the heavier it becomes, the larger the pore becomes. Without proper cleansing, the pore only becomes more clogged with other factors such as dead skin cells and bacteria which results in its larger appearance and making way for acne and black heads.
If your skin is very dry, then these oils may be helpful in maintaining a barrier against bacteria and contaminants. On the other hand, if your skin is producing these oils in an effort to overcompensate for your dry skin your pores can become congested from these natural oils.
So with that in mind, here are some tips on how to get rid of large pores on your face, or rather, how to reduce appearance of pores.
Tip #1: Manage Sebum Production
Sebum, or the oils produced by our skin, can be detrimental to our pores’ appearance without proper management.
The big question in mind is, how can we manage our sebum production? In addition to proper double cleansing as mentioned in “How to Get Perfect Complexion Without Makeup”, we all need to pay more attention to the active ingredients in our skincare products.
To try to make this more straight forward to understand, here is a list below, based on skin concern.
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- Try taking a zinc supplement, and/or applying a serum with zinc as the active ingredient. Zinc improves our immune system overall so it is an essential daily supplement, not to mention its skincare benefits in helping with our oil production.
- Try applying a serum with niacinamide as the active ingredient. Niacinamide not only helps to regulate sebum production, it is also great for anyone with sensitive skin, anyone prone to rosacea, and compatible with all skin types.
- Try applying facial oils or serums with these facial oils as the active ingredient, such as jojoba oil (a star in combating acne, rosehip oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, or hemp seed oil). These oils are very important to integrate into your skincare routine as it not only combats existing and potential acne but also helps in keeping the skin hydrated with linoleic acid. The more deeply hydrated your skin is, the less excess sebum it will produce.
- Try applying a serum with Vitamin A as the active ingredient. Vitamin A helps to resurface skin, normalize skin turnover, and control overgrowth of skin cells. Vitamin A is also fat soluble so it cleans your pores at a deeper level. Cleaner pores = smaller pores.
- Try incorporating products with green tea or Vitamin C as the active ingredient. Antioxidants reduce inflammation in the skin caused by acne and breakout causing dirt, bacteria, and excess sebum – the first step to repairing damaged skin.
Tip #2: Wear Sunscreen
This next tip is simple. Apply sunscreen – EVERYDAY. Don’t skip a day.
Even if you are sitting in your house all day #quarantinelife, the sunlight coming in through the windows and lighting up your rooms in the daytime is completely unfiltered and harmful UV rays which will burn and damage our skin.
In the Gizmodo video below, you can see how sunscreen can truly protect your face, if used correctly.
If you are going out, be sure to reapply your sunscreen as it can be rubbed off or sweat off if it’s very hot outside. When choosing a good sunscreen, try to choose one that is made with non comedogenic products.
Comedogenic oils or products essentially means that the oils on your face will be thicker and more prone to clogging your pores and harder to remove. Think of comedogenic oils as tar – much thicker and more harmful. Most products will state its non-comedogenic properties, so it’s important to check this before purchasing and applying! It all goes back to picking your skincare products more carefully, being mindful of its ingredients.
Tip #3: Let your Pores BREATHE
In addition to this, we need to remember that our skin is a living, breathing organism and needs to BREATHE.
If your daily routine is to apply layers of full coverage foundation without paying much attention to the comedogenic and oxidizing properties of many foundations on the market nowadays, you will likely have larger pores than you might have had over time.
It’s also important to remember that it’s an evitable fact that with age (slack skin, dryness, and wrinkles – yikes), our pores will appear larger, which means it’s crucial to do what we can now to prevent further damage to the pores.
Yes, I realize it will be hard to stop using full coverage foundation completely, especially if you are applying the foundation to temporarily reduce the look of pores and acne. Everybody is guilty of wanting to cover up their acne, including myself! Tiny amounts of concealer might not be terrible for your skin (if it boosts your confidence during the day for your big meeting or presentation), and some select BB creams or CC creams that act as a tinted moisturizer with helpful active ingredients can help repair your skin during the day as well.
The long term goal here is to focus first on the quality of our skin health.
Clean Skin = Beautiful Skin
As important as it is to double cleanse our skin, it is also equally as important to restore hydration to our skin to maintain a clean complexion. Incorporating products with AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta Hydroxy/Salicylic Acid) into your cleansing routine can help your skin’s hydration while exfoliating the skin of its dead skin cells as well.
The focus is to improve skin health for the glowy dew we are looking for, not to cheat it with makeup as this can be a detriment to your skin health overall.
Clean skin = beautiful skin.
Keep consistent, girls, and let’s get our glow!