There is no way to permanently shrink your pore size. But you can make them appear smaller. Forget all the claims and the make believe stories you probably have heard about products that promises to close your pores completely, your pores can never be closed completely.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce large pores is implementing a daily routine of constantly keeping them clean. Using a very mild cleanser twice a day and exfoliating regularly, so that your skin doesn’t become overly dry. You can consider a cleanser that contains a gentle lactic or salicylic acid to declog the pores
There are a myriad of factors that will cause large pores, but of many of the factors, there are three main causes. The first one is age. As we age we will naturally lose the elasticity in the surrounding skin that supports the pores, causing pores to appear bigger than they actually are. Secondly, men are more likely to have larger pores compared to women from their genetic makeup and increased oil production. Thirdly, our body uses a substance called Sebum, which naturally hydrates our skin to prevent from drying. This substance however is very oily and individuals who produce more than average will find that oily skin causes larger pores.
Thankfully, there are tips on how you can tighten your pores, and these are some of them:
- Keep clean
One of the easiest ways to reduce large pores is consciously and constantly keeping them clean. You can implement a daily routine of washing your face at least twice every day. Washing your face stops your pores from having to expand to hold extra oil or any other build up from the day.
- Always exfoliate
Shedding dead skin cells from your upper skin layer can help brighten your skin and also get rid of the dead cells surrounding the pores. This skin shedding process is called exfoliating. By exfoliating, you give your skin a smoother, brighter and a more radiant look and of course, a sleek touch. Exfoliating two or three times a week; depending on your skin type, should do the magic. By doing this, oil and clogged pore debris can then be lifted out of the pores. Empty pores look cleaner and smaller because the black appearance oxidized pore debris make pores look more obvious.
- Pick your skin products wisely
To minimize your pores, you have to take care while picking your skin care products. Products with zinc and magnesium properties are very beneficial to your skin. This is because, zinc and magnesium help restore your skin’s balance, making them appear smaller.
Products with soothing ingredients like rosemary and lavender can help ease irritation and prevent your pores from stretching out.
Also, take care to pick products that are noncomedogenic. They prevent your pores from clogging.
Products with salicylic acid property are also good for your skin. Salicylic acid can help your skin’s texture, hence, unclogging your pores because it exfoliates your skin.
Retinol or prescription-strength retinoids also help unclog pores and makes them appear smaller, Retinol can increase your skin’s collagen production, while simultaneously decreasing its oil production. This ensures smoother skin, fewer breakouts and blackheads, and of course, tighter pores.
The use of products that embody all or some of these properties will not only reduce the size of your pores, but they will aid in getting rid of the bacteria that cause acne and treat sun damage.
- Chemical peels
Chemical peeling is another way you can improve the appearance of your pores. These peels work under the surface of the skin to give you your desired glow, without necessarily giving the worse look first. You can try various types of prescription-strength acids including salicylic, lactic, retinol, and trichloroacetic acid to remove your outer layers of dead skin – revealing the fresher, healthier, softer skin underneath. You can ask your derm for the perfect choice. One with soothing antioxidants to avoid any form of inflammation.
- Get lasered
Lasers are another fantastic way to shrink your large pores. It stimulates the skin’s deepest layers to smooth and plump your complexion with minimal pain, so you get the results of retinol, sunscreen, and acids all at once, without so much of a hassle.
Laser Genesis works beautifully to create micro-zones of collagen boosting to reveal fresher, smooth skin. It can minimize the appearance of pores as well as acne scars
- Spot treats
When your skin is dry, it barely has visible pores. Oily skins tend to have larger and more noticeable pores.
The larger the oil production, the larger the pore
Some areas of your face may be oilier and show more visible pores than others. If the pores on your nose, cheeks, or forehead are large, try spot treating with a clay mask.
Smooth a thin layer on clean skin, leave it on for several minutes, and rinse it off with water. The clay can quickly and gently wick extra oil out of congested pores so that your skin appears smoother.
You can also use blotting papers on your oily areas.
- Eat right
Foods with high cholesterol or unhealthy oil can cause inflammation, which can result in clogged pores.
Instead of your normal chips, candy and cookies, you should try snack on natural, low fat foods, fruits and vegetables
- Wash off your makeup
By all cost, avoid going to bed without washing your face. Leaving your make-up on overnight can clog your pores, stretching them overtime.
Just so you don’t have any excuse as to why you did not wipe your face, stash a pack of face wipes at your bedside. This is especially for nights you might be too tired to wash your face with water.
- Wear sunscreen
The sun breaks down your skin’s collagen, which is responsible for keeping your face firm and elasticized. When your skin absorbs to much sun, your skin becomes less pliant, making your pores look bigger
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Slather on your skin and also wear a broad-brimmed hat and avoid being out in the sun