Although face pores are an essential part of the skin’s functioning, no one wants the crater-like characteristics of the moon on their face. (No offense, man on the moon.) Through gaining a better understanding of face pores, you will be able to make them a less apparent part of your face.
Issues of face pores are at the forefront of skin and aging concerns, so it is useful to analyze face pores as a part of your skin’s composition and understand the causes of enlarged face pores.
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Face pores are an important part of your skin’s composition. They are the openings of hair follicles, oil glands, and sweat glands.
Face pores are an essential component of skin’s functioning because they serve as an outlet for the oil generated by the sebaceous glands. This oil helps to maintain the skin’s moisture levels and supple texture.
Enlarged face pores can make your complexion appear dull, uneven, or rough.
The size of face pores can be attributed to several factors:
Genetics can determine how a person’s oil glands function. If you have highly active oil glands, your pores will compensate by making themselves larger to allow for the release of more oil.
Age contributes to face pore size as well. As skin ages, its production of elastin and collagen decreases which causes skin to become slack in appearance and pores to dilate. Exposure to sunlight over time exacerbates these effects since the inflamed skin cells collect around the edges of pores defining their perimeter, making them look larger.
The causes and effects of acne can also lead to enlarged face pores. The build-up of sebum can cause blemishes such as blackheads and pimples. Blackheads are a result of dirt, bacteria, and sebum being clogged in the pore. When the pore becomes open to the surface of the skin, the sebum oxidizes which creates a brown or black dot on the skin. Both blackheads and pimples force the pore to expand to make room for the excess oil, dirt, and bacteria.
Although you can’t shrink enlarged pores permanently, you can help decrease their appearance.
Dr. Perricone’s Firming Facial Toner can minimize the appearance of face pores. This paraben-free, non-drying facial toner, restores skin’s natural pH balance and provides pore refining, anti-aging, and skin firming benefits. The Firming Facial Toner contains DMAE and alpha lipoic acid to combat the causes and effects of enlarged face pores.
DMAE works to firm and tone skin while enhancing facial contours by building and repairing cell membranes. The antioxidant power of alpha lipoic acid reduces the appearance of face pores, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and refines the skin’s overall texture.