We have 20,000 pores on our face, which are actually the openings of hair follicles. Each one contains a sebaceous gland, which produces your skin’s natural oils. However, with inadequate cleansing, pollution and stress, they can quickly clog and become prone to acne and blackheads. Follow these tips to keep them clean and clear!
#1 Splash your face with cold water. Do this first thing in the morning. Hot water makes the outer layers of the skin swell, which can make your pores look larger and more ‘open’. Try a few splashes of cold water after you have cleansed. You can even run an ice cube over particularly troublesome zones.
#2 Use a few drops of essential oils. Peppermint, geranium, patchouli, rosemary and thyme all possess purifying properties. Mix a drop or two with a moisturiser and dab it onto the area to be treated. They can help purge any excess dirt and sebum from pores.
#3 Try a glycolic peel. If you have stubborn, persistently dilated pores, you can visit a dermatologist for a glycolic peel or try an at home peel pad treatment. As a peeling agent, glycolic acid removes dead skin cells, boosts the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and improves the distribution of melanin. It leaves skin smooth and rehydrated for a glowing, flawless complexion.
#4 Try a facial steam. Steam your face once a week over a bowl of hot water to which you should add a few drops of tea tree oil. Put a towel over your head and enjoy a pore cleansing facial sauna. The heat will help your pores release impurities and any excess sebum, while the tea tree will deeply purify the skin.
#5 Add an astringent toner to your routine. Remove your make-up with gentle micellar water. Follow by applying an astringent toner with a cotton pad. Nettle and witch hazel are naturally astringent ingredients rich in zinc that will instantly cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
#6 Use a nasal pore strip. Apply a pore strip to damp skin and leave on for ten minutes. This is an effective, quick solution that will draw out any blackheads and minimise the appearance of large pores.
HELP! MY ENLARGED PORES ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! When our pores become clogged by impurities, they open up and become way too visible! And yet all it takes is a few beauty basics to close them and get back your even-textured glow
Pores aren't there to annoy us... You may be obsessed by their size, but they're actually essential for our skin to properly function. They allow our skin to breathe by getting rid of sebum and dead cells. However, when they get clogged, they become enlarged and can cause blackheads to appear. So here are our tips on how to slam them shut once and for all!
This is essential if you want to keep your skin glowing and flawless for as long as possible. First and foremost, we need to cleanse our faces, even if we can't be bothered or are pressed for time. Use a gentle facial cleanser such as a cleansing oil or micellar water to rid your skin of grime accumulated throughout the day - make up, pollution, smoke, sebum, dust. This will allow your skin to breathe.
APPLY A SUITABLE MOISTURISER
Our skin needs to be kept moisturised if we want our epidermis to remain in tip top shape. But make sure you use a moisturiser suited to your skin type, otherwise you could make any blemishes, including open pores, even worse. So best opt for one designed for dry, oily or sensitive skin as needs be. If your open pores are really bad, then go for an astringent treatment to help close them up.
A GENTLE SCRUB
Scrubs are great for unclogging pores. A good, fine grain scrub won't harm your skin or stimulate sebum production. It'll purify your skin and close your pores, so that they're able to eliminate sebum and dead cells. Added plus? You'll be left with a lovely, rosy glow!
Clay is a multi-tasker, but in this case it's great for purifying skin. Apply a clay face mask once a week, concentrating on the sides of your nose and chin. This will deeply clean and detox your skin. Result: not an open pore in sight!
DIG OUT YOUR BLUR CREAM
There's nothing better than clever make up to disguise open pores. Even if they remain enlarged, camouflaging them still works a treat! Before applying your foundation, use a blurring primer to Photoshop out blemishes and leave your skin smooth and even-toned.
ZAP ENLARGED OPEN PORES - 10 GLOWING SKIN TIPS! Dilated, clogged, crusty, enlarged pores... Unsightly open pores are a beauty no-no. They make our skin texture look irregular, our complexions cruddy and provide the perfect breeding ground for blackheads.
So how can we close them for good? Here are some tips on how to restore your flawless glow - close up. Very close up!
#1 A GENTLE CLEANSE
If there's only one daily beauty ritual you do, then make it a good cleanse. Cleansing helps skin get rid of impurities, leaving it even toned, with a smooth texture. Carefully cleanse your face with a gentle product such as micellar water, which won't harm your skin.
#2 MAKE UP REMOVAL
Make sure you remove your make up before hitting the sack! Even if you're worn out, take the time to remove every single trace of make up. If you don't, any pores that get clogged by make up residues may become enlarged. And your skin won't be able to regenerate overnight.
#3 A NATURAL RINSE
How to close your pores: Soak a flannel in a mix of fresh lemon and pineapple juice, press it on to your face and leave for a minute. Lemon and pineapple juice contain natural enzymes that purify and firm up skin, whilst closing enlarged pores.
#4 A MORNING TONER
Apply a facial toner every morning, as it will slightly reduce open pores.
#5 A GENTLE SCRUB
Apply a gentle scrub once or twice a week to unclog and close pores. Go easy, otherwise it could backfire and make matters worse!
#6 A CLAY MASK
Masks are a skin pampering superhero. A purifying clay face mask will absorb excess sebum and unclog pores.
#7 THE ICE CUBE EFFECT
It's not an old wives' tale - gently run ice cubes across your pores for 15 to 30 seconds. They'll be instantly closed!
#8 DEEPLY MOISTURISE
Open pores often result from dehydrated skin, so moisturising is key. Opt for a light, mattifying, non-comedogenic cream. If you have blackheads or pimples, apply an anti-blemish treatment to problem areas in addition to your usual moisturiser.
#9 AN OPTICAL EFFECT
For an instant, smoothing action, apply a blur cream to naturally 'Photoshop' the texture of your skin. Rich in silicone elastomers, they fill pores and wrinkles without clogging them, mattify skin tone and reflect light. Apply it just before your make up - a final skincare treatment to set you up for the day.
#10 THE ART OF CAMOUFLAGE
What's the best type of foundation to hide enlarged pores? A mousse! If you're not a fan of these, then opt for a light texture that's oil-free or formulated for oily skin. Apply your foundation with a brush, starting with your T-zone and working out from the centre of your face. What if you're not used to applying foundation? Go for a mineral-based powder. Simply apply it with a brush, using circular movements.
Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.