Pores…. Pores… Pores… they are everywhere in our body. Isn’t it annoying when we see models or actors who have little to no pores only to be disappointed as our own pores seem to appear extremely noticeable?
The truth is, everyone has visible pores and they are a necessary part of skin!
What are pores?
"Pores allow the skin to breathe, and are the passageway between the inside of the body and the outside," says dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D.
Although it can be annoying when the mirror reminds you of your imperfections, I swear, you wouldn't want to trade off your pores.
There are actually 2 types of pores: there’s one that releases our body’s natural oil which is the sebum , and there’s the other one that contains the sweat glands to release sweat.
Pores serve as the pathway for dirt and other unwanted and unnecessary substances to exit the body. However, it can also serve as an entrance for foreign molecules to enter sensitive areas of the skin which lead to pimples, acne, blackheads which we don't want on our face.
Pores may be more or less noticeable depending on your skin type and if you are concerned about the appearance of your pores, don’t fret as there arehome remedies which could help.
There are at least two factors causing our pores to become enlarged: Genetics and age. People who have naturally thicker skin or oilier skin tend to have enlarged pores. Don’t be harsh on yourself for having larger pores.
Another factor of having enlarged pores would be our age – our skin’s elasticity starts pulling back and loosing the speed at which it renews which can make pores appear larger.
Ways To Shrink Larges Pores
If you’re wondering how to shrink larges pores here are 8 effective ways:
1)Choose water-based products – If you’re the type of person who has oily skin, it’s best to make sure that the products you use are water-based as it avoids extra oil from getting into your pores. A person with oily skin and large pores should avoid oil-based products. These may lead to excess oil on the skin, making pores appear larger. Excess oil is produced when skin is dehydrated, so adding water would help relieve dehydrated skin.
2)Wash face both morning and evening – This may already be a bit of common sense, but wash your face both in the morning and evening.
You may even want to cleanse more often to minimize poresif you get sweaty such as after a workout, or when its very hot and humid because the extra sweat and oils on the surface of skin can reflect light which emphasizes the pore appearance.
3)Choose water-based cleansers - A moisturizing cleanser may leave residue in the pores and increase oiliness. A water-based cleanser helps to clear oil from the pores, reducing their appearance. You may use theBANISH All Clear Mint Cleanser for clearing the oil from your pores and reduce the appearance of large pores. Try to avoid using a cleanser that give your skin a very tight feeling so your skin won't product excess oil.
How to use the Banish All Clear Mint Cleanser:
4)Exfoliate – Exfoliating once or twice a week could be another effective way to get rid of large pores as it helps remove debris from the pores that block them, including dirt, dead skin cells and excess oil. Use theBANISH Pumpkin Enzyme Masque to exfoliate your skin at least 2 to 3 times a week.
How to use the Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Masque:
Exfoliating too frequently with products that contain salicylic acid or alcohol can dry out the skin.
5)Moisturize Daily – The idea of moisturizing oily skin may sound counterintuitive to some or most of us but it helps minimize pores over time. Moisturizers hydrate and soften our skin and allow the sebum that pores product to penetrate deeper into the skin or surface more easily instead of sitting in the pores. You may go with theBANISH Oil or theBANISH Vitamin C Creme to help moisturize your skin.
6)Apply Clay Mask -Using a clay mask once or twice a week can help to remove excess oil from the pores. This can prevent them from becoming enlarged, and reduce their appearance.
7)Always Remove Makeup At Night – Who needs to keep makeup on their face even until bed time? No one.. Failing to remove your makeup at nighttime before you sleep can possibly cause your pores to be clogged as your skin can’t breathe with all the oils from the makeup and skipping cleansing can enlarge pores.
8)Wear Sunscreen – Our skin needs to be cared for especially when we are under the sun. If it becomes sun damaged, our skin gets dry and they can possibly acquire large pores. Best ways to keep your skin protected from the sun would be wearing a wide-brimmed hat, wearing sunscreen every day (especially when you go out), or even staying in the shade when the sun is strongest.
Not to mention, you may also use7 microneedling treatments (a non-invasive skin treatment which uses a dermaroller or a derma stamp/pen. Piercing the surface of the skin causes micro-injuries, which prompt the skin’s healing response. This can reduce the appearance of large pores. Professional treatments may help severe cases of fine lines better, but you can also try a home tool like the Banisher 2.0 for this method. Since it stimulates elastin, this can help minimize large pores from the natural aging process.
CAN OUR PORES OPEN AND CLOSE?
“Excessive clogged pores can lead to another unwelcome skin condition: blackheads and whiteheads. And if your pores seem to be getting bigger as you get older, you’re not imagining things: aging and sun damage also contribute to pore size. “As the skin around a pore loses its firmness when we age, the pore may appear larger because of the lack of support from the surrounding tissue,” says Evans.
Did you know that there are certainmyths we believed were true about our pores? Such as steaming them so that they would open? Here are common myths about pores:
Let’s debunk each of these myths, one by one…
1) Pores open and close – Pores actually don’t have muscles around their opening that allows them to open and close, but steaming our skin can possibly loosen up the underlying debris which makes the pores or blackheads easier to extract.
If you physically tighten the muscles around your pores with cold temperatures for example, then the pores in that area can look smaller because the muscles surrounding it are getting constricted from the cold. You can rub an ice cube on your face every morning after using the activated charcoal clay masque, or you can use thePore Smasher if the ice is too messy and time consuming for you.
2) The black in ‘blackheads’ is dirt – Those black things we see across our noses or face are actually the results of oxidation – a chemical reaction that involves oxygen and sebum and not dirt itself according to Dr. Lydia Evans.
Prevent new blackheads from forming by getting into a regular exfoliating regimen. Use an exfoliating cleanser and look for ingredients such as salicylic acid, which helps slough off dead skin cells.
3) You can get rid of pores – Says who? We can’t banish our pores completely but rather we can make themless noticeable only if we give it the right skin care.