Everyone has pores. Pores are actually your hair follicles. Everyone has hair follicles over their entire body, except for the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, thus everyone has pores.
Large pores are simply an indication of how much oil your skin produced when you were in your teens—the formative years for your pore size.
The bad news is that we can’t make pores physically smaller. So to a certain extent, you have to accept what you were given. But there are things you can do to minimize the appearance of your pores.
Let’s talk about what causes enlarged pores: The first cause is oily skin, people who have naturally oily skin tend to have larger pores. This happens because when oil and dirt collect in your skin, your skin swells and your pores look larger than they normally would.
Second is age, as you get older your skin loses its elasticity, which can cause your pores to look bigger.
Sun damage is also a major cause since it can make your skin thicken, causing skin cells to collect around the edges of your pores, which stretch them out.
Gender and genetics also play a role. In general, males tend to have larger pores than females. Women might experience enlarged pores more often during hormonal changes, however, particularly during menstruation. In terms of genetics, If one or both of your parents have large pores, you might also have or eventually experience a similar condition.
What about treatment? Let’s talk about what we can do. First Pick the Right Cleanser: Choose one with salicylic acid, which will help reduce the dead skin cells which can get stuck in your pores. It will also help reduce the oil on your skin, which can make your pores look bigger.
Second exfoliate, exfoliating on a regular basis will definitely give the appearance of shrinking pores. If you are routinely getting the dead skin cells, which get clogged in your pores, off of your skin, your pores will avoid getting stretched out daily.
You should also consider Retinols they are derived from Vitamin A and are easily found in over-the-counter products. What’s great about Retinols is their ability to penetrate the skin’s layers.
Least don’t Pick. When your pores are clogged, there is nothing harder to fight off than the desire to pick and poke and prod. Just don’t! When you are pulling and squeezing your skin, you can cause trauma to your pores which can leave them permanently enlarged.
You can also use clay masks regularly: Masks with Kaolin clay in them are great for those with large, clogged pores. You only need to use them once or twice a week for noticeable benefits.
Last you can minimize the appearance of your pores with a primer: A primer is a great pore camouflage it sits at the surface of your skin and creates a sort of barrier between your makeup and skin. Look for non-grease and non-comedogenic products.