It’s true that enlarged pores have been one of the most common skincare problems people face. Yes, we can see you nodding your head and these pesky large pores have been driving you nuts! They do help your skin to eliminate toxins and breathe but these pores do get congested due to dirt, impurities, oil, and dust that leads to enlargement. Today in this article, we’re going to talk A to Z about what pores are and how with our skincare routine we can make them less visible. Before we begin, let’s take you through the basics.
What Are Pores?
Tiny openings in your skin that release oil and sweat trapped beneath your skin are pores. They create space for sebum and your hair to make an appearance. They contract and expand due to external factors and honestly they look exactly the same as the texture of an orange peel. It’s true that pores are essential for your skin to breathe and release the toxins present in your body. One can’t get rid of these pores completely but can improve the appearance of your skin and follow a proper skincare routine.
What Are The Causes Of Large Pores?
Large pores are caused by external factors such as ageing, sun exposure, improper hygiene, poor quality skincare, make-up, and oily skin. Let’s take a look at some of the major causes in detail.
- Genetics: Sorry for the bad news, but large pores run in the family. If your parents have less visible or visible pores, it’s more likely that you inherit a similar baseline of the pore sizes. If you have naturally oily skin, chances are that your pores will be generally larger. Well, that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve the overall appearance as you can overcome these too.
- Poor hygiene: Excessive oil production and your hygiene also lead to larger pores. And people with oily skin are more likely to have blackheads which make your pores more visible. It’s always advisable to cleanse your face to get rid of excess oil and impurities.
- Skin’s elasticity: As we age, our skin loses elasticity and this leads to larger pores. Our skin loses its ability to hold the number of collagen and elastin gets reduced. Hence, it makes pores more prominent to the naked eyes.
Best Skincare Routine To Reduce Enlarged Pores
While there are multiple ways one can improve the appearance of the pores but there’s no way to permanently get rid of them. A daily skincare routine consisting of these steps below will keep all skin issues such as acne, large pores, and blemishes at bay. One should keep in mind these few things to ensure the pores are clean.
The first step is to keep your pores clean by deep cleansing your skin. Never skip this step at night as your skin needs to be ultra-clean before you head to the bed especially if you have oily skin as it’s important to remove makeup, dirt, and excess sebum from the surface layer of your skin. Use a gentle cleanser like Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam EX, to avoid stripping your skin of its pH balance. This pore-clearing foam is enriched with Jeju volcanic clusters that help to remove oil and cleanse your pores deeply.
When our skin is plump and hydrated, it creates an illusion of less visible pores as it fills up the openings of the pores. So, use a toner designed according to your skin type as it further cleanses your pores with any impurities the cleanser might have missed. The Plant Base Pore N Turn-Over 28 ABA Toner keeps your skin hydrated and seals everything before you apply your favourite moisturizer. This toner removes the blackhead and the skin impurities clearly for a smooth and clear finish.
Moisturiser and SPF:
Your basic CTM (cleanse-tone-moisturize) routine ensures that your skin is healthy and hydrated. It’s one of the most effective ways to get rid of any build-up impurities that can cause pores. A gel-based moisturizer like Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream works best for oily skin type and it prevents your skin from ageing too as it can hold the size of your pores as long as possible. Follow up with an SPF even if you’re not stepping out in the sun. Invest in Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen SPF50+, water-resistant SPF that’s smooth to the touch without being sticky and greasy on your skin.
Weekly Steps in Your Skincare Routine:
Physical or chemical exfoliation of your skin once or twice a week helps to remove toxins from your deeper layer of the skin. AHA and BHA help to unclog your pores and prevent the formation of new ones and removes your dead skin as well. And Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid gets into the inner lining of the pores to allow a more deep cleanse.
Honestly, clay masks are my way to go do extra pampering to my skin for enlarged pores. And I rely on Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X as it absorbs the excess sebum from the surface of my skin and the inner pore lining. Also, make sure that you moisturize your skin well every time!
It’s time that you accept all the flaws you have in your skin. No one will come so close to see your pores or will use a magnifying mirror. As far as you’re investing your time in your skincare routine and being consistent your skin won’t act. It’s time you keep it real and stay away from all those poreless expectations. Until then Team Maccaron is here to share their experiences and products they invest to make their skin healthy in every possible way.
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