Pores, we’ve all got them – but sometimes they can appear more prominent on our face, making skin look less radiant and not at its best. It’s therefore no surprise that here at SkinBase, we receive a lot of requests to do a post on pore minimising tips, so that’s exactly what we have focused this next blog on.
Firstly, what exactly are pores?
Pores are tiny openings in the surface of the skin where sweat and oil is released to help regulate the skin’s temperature and also keep skin naturally moisturised and healthy. They are also home to hair follicles. The skin has pores all over its surface, but they are often more prominent on the face because the sebaceous (oil) glands are largest here. Pores can sometimes get clogged up with dirt, makeup, oil or dead skin cells which is what causes acne. Therefore it’s important to keep skin and pores clean to prevent buildup and, in turn, the dreaded acne!
Why is it that some people’s pores appear bigger than others?
We each have very different skin so it’s only natural that some people’s pores will appear larger than others. People who have a darker skin tone or olive complexion are more likely to have larger looking pores. It is also linked to skin type and age. For example, if you have oily skin, then the pores are more active and tend to be larger as a result. As we get older, our skin loses elasticity which can also give pores a larger appearance.
What do I do to make my pores appear smaller?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to physically shrink pores but the good news is, you can make them look smaller than they are which will help give the appearance of smooth and radiant skin.
Firstly, it is important to rid your skin of all the things which could potentially clog your pores, leading to a more prominent appearance, including dead skin cells, dirt etc. A good cleansing routine which includes steaming, exfoliation and microdermabrasion can minimise the appearance of pores.
We’ve all been guilty of falling asleep with our makeup on but this is a big no-no for those of us in pursuit of radiant skin and perfect pores! Try adopting a double cleanse method in which you use a makeup wipe to remove impurities on the surface and then penetrate deeper by applying a cleanser. Treating your skin to a steam facial (which can easily be done at home) can also help to open pores and release any nasty impurities, leading to clean and soft skin. Our recent post all about ‘How to wash your skin properly‘ will help ensure you are cleansing your skin the right, most effective way.
SkinBase Microdermabrasion Facial
The SkinBase Microdermabrasion Facial™ is a safe, controlled treatment that intensely exfoliates and resurfaces the skin and is perfect for congested, uneven skin with open pores – helping to tighten and brighten tired and dull skin. Regular microdermabrasion will really help ensure skin and pores appear in tip-top condition. Find out more here.
Using primer is another great way to minimise the appearance of pores as it helps to create a barrier between makeup and the skin. Primer creates more of an even skin tone as it prevents makeup from sinking into your pores and clogging them, leading to unwanted breakouts.
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