Want to shrink the appearance of enlarged pores?
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Everyone is familiar with pores, because everyone has them. Some, however, are reminded of their pores more often as they appear larger than the average sized pores. Many hope to shrink their enlarged pores, but unfortunately, the concept that pores can be permanently diminished in size is a fallacy.
However, there are ways to greatly reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
The size of your pores is proportional to the size of your oil glands.
The causes of acne symptoms, such as blackheads and pimples, are partly responsible for enlarged pores. When a pore becomes clogged by dirt and bacteria, oil within the pore builds up, which causes the pore’s walls to dilate to make room. Acne symptoms appear when pores cannot expand fast enough to accommodate for this increase in oil; and once the pores expand large enough, acne clears up.
But there are two main contributors that cause large pores:
Enlarged pores are one of the most common cosmetic problems in Asian female adults. In general, people who have inherited naturally oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores, since their oil glands are more active and thus, need a bigger opening for releasing oil.
There are benefits to this type of skin as skin ages, since oily skin retains moisture which can help counteract drying and wrinkling.
In rare cases, people may have dry skin, rather than oily, but still have large pores. In this circumstance, individuals may have seborrheic dermatitis.
As people age, collagen begins to break down, and skin begins to lose elasticity as people get older. This causes pores to dilate because the skin tissue has become more relaxed with age.
One contributor to aging skin is sun damage, which also causes pores to look bigger. Sun damage causes inflammation, and the thickening of the flared up skin cells causes tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pore, making the pore look bigger.
If the main causes of enlarged pores are heredity and aging, is it possible to shrink them permanently?
You can’t, because you can’t change the size of your oil glands. Remember, there is a proportional relationship between the two. Further, if you could alter your pore size forever, you’d face a new problem: adult acne and treatment.
So rather than battle a new beast, what can you do? Just because you can’t make a permanent fix, doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to reduce the prominence of your pores.
Consider the aforementioned causes of large pores and address each cause with a solution:
Build-up and Genetics
You can’t change your genetics, but you can address excess oil associated with your skin type.
Cleansing the pores of the debris, excess oil, and bacteria helps to stop pores from expanding to accommodate for the build-up.
Exfoliation also helps to minimize the appearance.
Be aware that certain products can strip your skin of too much oil. Instead, look for products that will nourish skin, like Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser and Skin Clear Hydrator. The Gentle Cleanser removes surface debris, protects the skin with Olive Oil Polyphenols, and provides the added benefit of anti-aging ingredient DMAE. The Skin Clear Hydrator is formulated with Lactic Acid to slough away dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores, while increasing skin’s natural moisture.
Increasing collagen and elastin with the right skin care products can assist in reducing skin’s loss of elasticity. By addressing weakened tissue, your pore walls will become stronger.
Also, preventing sun damage by wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun at its peak hours will reduce inflammation. Choose a product with at least an SPF 15.
It may be fiction that you can shrink your pores permanently, but it’s a fact that you can help reduce their appearance. Learn how Cold Plasma reduces the appearance of pores and will increase your skin’s firmness.