Large pores can be what has always been standing between you and that natural look. If you feel like you have unsightly pores, then you’ve probably been in the drugstore for hours on end looking for the perfect lotion or potion to get rid of them, once and for all. But the solution isn’t something you’ll find bottled and marketed as a ‘magical cure’. Let’s take a look at what causes the problem and what your plan of attack should look like.

What are pores?

In the simplest of terms, pores are small openings in our skin that excrete oil and sweat to the surface. Large pores or blocked pores are actually hair follicles, which allow the oil from our sebaceous to reach the surface where the oils lubricate the skin. The oil that comes out from the pores is called sebum, and it’s meant to keep the skin healthy.

Although the size of your pores is very much contributed to our genetics, there are some other factors that can increase their size. In addition to genetics, excess sun exposure, debris, and your age also play an important role in just how large your pores are.

Can I shrink large pores?

A lot of folks think that shrinking large pores is impossible, but we believe differently. It’ll take some time and dedication, but with some simple skincare rules, you can definitely take control of your pores. The key to success lies in consistency and patience. Once you start taking new steps to improve the visible appearance of large pores, you’ll have to keep up the good fight. If you bounce back to your bad habits, your pores might come back larger than they ever were.

Tips for taking control of your pores

1. Always cleanse and tone your skin

It’s essential to wash your face every night before you hit the sack and again when you wake up. This helps keep oil levels under control and also removes debris from your skin. It’s also very important to use a toner after you’ve washed your face. This should be part of your daily skincare routine. Toner can help get rid of any debris after your cleaning process, plus it also gently conditions and soothes the skin.

 

2. For the love of all things holy, just use the sunscreen

You already know that sunscreen is crucial when it comes to keeping your skin looking young and fabulous. We need to protect our collagen when its integrity is compromised. Every time you step out into the sun, your skin’s collagen is compromised. And if that goes south, so does the size of your pores. Do yourself a favour and find a nice moisturizer that contains SPF. Apply and reapply during the day if you’re out in the sun for extended periods.

 

3. Exfoliate often

When you gently exfoliate the skin, you can help prevent dirt, excess oil and makeup from getting clogged up in your pores.

A gentle scrub, like this one, is also amazing for removing dead skin cells. Skin cells have a way of getting trapped and embedded into our pores. And once they’re stuck in there, they make pores appear larger. The situation can even become inflamed or lead to breakouts. Exfoliating should be part of your skincare routine. Depending on your skin time, it’s essential to do this at least one to three times a week. If you’ve got dry skin, you’ll need to exfoliate less than your oily-skinned friends. Always be sure to apply a moisturizer after exfoliating to prevent the skin from feeling tight and dry!