I envy the people who have naturally small pores. If you’re one of these people, consider yourself blessed. But if you’re someone who is constantly battling to shrink your pores, like me, you may get a little jealous of the ‘naturally small pores’ type. It’s okay to be jealous of this, I know I am.
What causes large pores?
For every hair you have on your body, you have a skin pore to match. These pores are very small openings in the skin that release sweat and oils. Everyone is born with different size pores, and the size cannot be changed, but don’t lose hope just yet… The appearance of your pores can be minimised, to the point where they are not noticeable.
Large pores are caused by:
- Excess Sebum
- Excess Oils
- Sun damage
The above cause clogged pores, which in turn leads to the appearance of enlarged pores.
You can probably guess that keeping clean skin, will dramatically aid in the shrinking process.
1. Wash Your Face Twice a Day
I’ve mentioned washing your face twice a day quite heavily in the past, and there is good reason. Washing your face is going to cleanse the dirt, grime, excess oils and bacteria from of your skin.
Use a face wash that is sensitive on the skin and won’t remove the moisture.
- Wet your face with lukewarm water.
- Follow the instructions on your favourite face wash and massage gently onto your skin.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a fresh towel.
Water that is too cold, or too hot can cause irritation to the skin. Make sure to use lukewarm water.
Now, exfoliating isn’t something you’ll want to do every day, once or twice per week is plenty. Dead skin is a natural part of our bodies cycle, but can add-on to the dirt and oils filling up our pores. This is definitely not something we want. Exfoliating removes this dead skin as well as dirt, aiding in minimising the appearance of your pores.
There are plenty of pastes, chemicals and ingredients you can use to exfoliate your skin that do the job. I find a more economical way is to use an exfoliating glove, and it also means less chemicals on my skin. You can buy a glove online or from your local drugstore, they’re normally very easy to get your hands on.
NOTE: Do not exfoliate your skin if you have acne, this will cause irritation.
3. Clay based face mask
Clay masks are very helpful in shrinking pores. The mask will draw out oils, dirt and bacteria, as well as nasty toxins in your skin. It will also help to reduce inflammation and tighten your pores.
A great inexpensive clay mask I reviewed is the Swisse Manuka Honey face mask. Try get a face mask in once or twice a week, on alternative days to the exfoliation.
Hydration is crucial for making your pores appear smaller. Getting in 8 – 12 cups of H2O each day is a must. Drinking water hydrates the skin from the inside, and will help your skin become less dry and flaky. Less flaky skin to clog up your pores!
Hydrating your skin from the outside is just as important as the inside. Moisturising every day will reduce the oiliness of your skin while protecting the top layer from unwanted baddies. Use moisturiser everyday, and reapply if you feel your skin starting to dry out. I find that in winter my skin can look a little under the weather. Moisturising really helps to keep my skin looking healthy and have a natural glow.
Opt for the sensitive moisturiser if you have sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to your hand and massage into your skin. If you have the feeling you haven’t applied enough, just add some more, it won’t hurt. Keep massaging in for a minute or two.
You can also try using a hydrating face mask, or night cream.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave them below in the comments.