A pore consists of a sweat gland, a hair follicle, and an oil gland that lubricates skin and assists in the removal of dead skin cells. Many people notice that their pores appear enlarged or especially prominent.
This can result from:
- Blackheads can expand pores, and the collection of sebum and dirt around the pore creates the illusion that they are larger.
- Sun damage enlarges pores.
- Aging. Skin thickens with age and a rim of cells is more likely to collect around each pore.
There are a few key ways to treat and prevent the appearance of large pores. These include:
While it is a myth that enlarged pores can be permanently shrunken through chemical treatment or surgery, you can diminish the appearance of enlarged pores with proper cleansing and topical treatment.
Proper cleansing removes dirt and impurities and allows other treatments to penetrate.
Follow these steps:
- Remove makeup.
- Rinse face with warm water.
- Gently lather a dime-sized amount of cleanser in a circular motion.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Pat dry; don’t rub.
Perricone Nutritive Cleanser, gentle enough for use twice a day, washes away impurities without over-drying. Nutritive Cleanser also provides the anti-aging benefits of DMAE as well as Alpha Lipoic Acid which helps to diminish the appearance of enlarged pores.
One of the best ways to prevent enlarged pores is through proper diet. Diet has a significant impact on skin health and poor diet can lead to inflammation, which contributes each of the three causes of enlarged pores.
To prevent this cycle, avoid sugar, fast food, and dairy, and build your diet around anti-inflammatory foods that contain fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber:
- Fish, poultry, and tofu
- Fruits and vegetables
- Legumes, nuts, and seeds
- Whole grains
Protecting your skin against sun damage works two-fold for enlarged pores treatment.
Sun damage itself causes pores to enlarge, and also causes aging that is associated with the thickening of skin and the collection of cells around individual pores.
An incredibly easy way to incorporate sun protection into your daily routine is to choose a foundation with SPF like No Foundation Foundation from Perricone cosmetics. In addition to delivering the benefits of its active ingredients and acting as a superior foundation, it provides non-chemical SPF 30 broad spectrum UV protection.