A pore is a tiny opening through which the hair grows. Sebaceous glands which produce sebum (oil) are attached to the inside of a pore. Production of sebum is necessary to keep our skins soft and hydrated.
There are many factors that contribute to large pores. You can’t shut your pores completely but you can reduce their appearance to a great extent. Generally, people with oily/combination skin types suffer from large pores. Decrease in the skin's elasticity and sun damage, which happens with aging, also cause pores to expand. Another quite common factor is clogged pores. When a pore is bunged with excessive oil, dirt or dead skin cells, it causes it to dilate and as a result, it appears enlarged. Also, blocked pores lead to acne and black heads.
To reduce pores and prevent sporadic zits, you need to make sure your pores are completely clean. Follow these easy steps for a clean and clear skin.
If you wear makeup very often, never forget to take it off. Get yourself a good makeup remover or cleansing milk. For myself, I find double-cleansing technique to be most effective. Like I mentioned earlier, pores become blocked with oil and impurities. Oil doesn’t mix with water so chances are your regular face wash isn’t helping much at cleaning out pores thoroughly. Double-cleansing is a Japanese technique which involves cleansing/removing oil or makeup with an oil based makeup remover/cleansing milk and then washing your face with a good facial cleanser. The idea is to break up oil, makeup and grime in the first step and remove it completely in the second. You can also use extra virgin olive oil to remove makeup. I love using Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Milk.
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Take a bowl, mix one or two table spoons of baking powder in some water and make a slightly thick paste. Apply all over your face and let it dry completely. Rinse to remove. Baking powder not only minimizes pores but also gives a nice glow to skin. In addition to that, it gets rid of a tanned complexion.
Try aspirin mask. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is used to help clear pimples and blemishes. Mix 5-6 aspirin tables in some water. Apply the solution on your face while rubbing in circular motion for a couple of minutes and rinse later. Do not try this if you are allergic to salicylic acid.
Both home remedies require you to tone and moisturize afterwards as they can be quite drying.
Moisturizing before bed at night works brilliantly for me – I highly recommend it. Night creams are specifically prepared to pamper and nourish your skin while you sleep. Skin heals itself during the night and putting on a night cream will rejuvenate your skin, improve blood circulation and help balance your skins natural oils.
I always suggest picking up a light gel-based moisturizer for day and night. My most favorites are L'Oreal Hydrafresh Aqua Gel for daytime and L'Oreal White Perfect Transparent Rosy Whitening Night Cream. If you're willing to shell out some bucks, I suggest trying Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
Another great way to fill in pores is to do your foundation, preferably powder or cream, with a sponge. Press the sponge firmly against your skin and use a dabbing motion to get the product into the skin. This would give you a smooth, airbrushed effect.
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I hope you find this helpful. If you have anything in mind that you would like to add, do share in the comments down below.