The Pro Guide to Effectively Tackling Enlarged Pores
Did you know your skin has several million tiny pores that keep it nourished and healthy by transferring essential oils from the sebaceous glands to the skin surface? However, with advancing age, or from the negative effects of sun damage or oxidative stress, your skin slowly loses its firmness and tends to sag. Open pores become prominent and take away from your looks.
The good news is that, though it can affect all types of skin, enlarged pores are not a permanent skin problem. With some lifestyle modifications and healthy skin care habits, coupled with some brilliant skincare products, you can tackle this issue like a pro.
In this blog, we take you through the problem of enlarged skin pores and the types and causes of enlarged pores on the face. You also will know about various proactive ways to deal with the problem, including some recommended changes in your skincare routine.
Re’equil, your trusted partner in skincare, has the most remarkable pore refining solutions and skin firming serums that help diminish enlarged pores, and help you get back your skin suppleness and vitality.
Causes of Large Pores
Pores are defined as “small openings at the top of our hair follicles that cover the entire body that release sebum, our body’s natural oil, to naturally moisturize our skin to help keep it supple”.
The most common causes for enlarged or open pores on the face can range from genetics and usage of the wrong skin products to sun damage and aging.
Let us examine the causes of open pores in detail:
Excess Sebum Production
Open pores on the face are mostly the result of high levels of sebum or oil production by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Hormones in the body stimulate these glands to produce more sebum that makes the pores look enlarged. If these open pores are clogged with oil, sweat and bacteria along with dead skin cells, they make your skin look dull and leathery. The good news is that there are some scientifically developed skincare products that help your skin regulate sebum production and retain its freshness and suppleness.
If the occurrence of large pores runs in your family, chances are you will get them too. Just like oily skin, enlarged pores are genetically inherited. However, even though you have inherited this skin issue, there is no need to be overwhelmed by it. Good skincare habits can help you manage this well.
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays thickens the skin and diminishes elastin and collagen from the skin. Loss of hydration caused by sun damage also causes your open pores to sag and look larger.
Re’equil’s lightweight Oxybenzone-free low penetration sunscreen with SPF 50 has been formulated especially for oily, acne-prone skin. With Vitamin E and Aloe Vera extracts, this sunscreen protects your skin and hydrates it effectively.
With age, our skin loses its natural elasticity as elastin and collagen production decreases. Our skin tends to stretch or sag, making pores appear larger. Anti aging serums, if used as a part of your daily skincare routine, can minimize the effects of aging.
Usage of pore-clogging or comedogenic skincare products
Open pores can retain traces of cosmetics you use. If the cosmetics or skin products contain thick oily and viscose ingredients, these clog the skin pores and make them larger. Skincare products that are non-comedogenic, like Re’equil’s, do not clog skin pores and allow your skin to breathe.
Poor skincare habits
If you neglect to cleanse or exfoliate your face properly before retiring at night, the residue cosmetics or skin products remain on your skin, causing pores to get clogged. Proper hygiene is a must for keeping your skin clean and avoiding enlarged pores on your face.
Open pores treatment constitutes modification in skincare habits and protecting your facial skin from sun damage and aging. The usage of a pore-refining skin toner works wonders to restore skin hydration and minimize open pores.
Get an exemplary toner from Re’equil that gently removes the pore-clogging residue – like traces of makeup and excess oils, left on your skin. It tightens large pores and reduces the chances of acne breakouts on your skin.
Enlarged pores: Types and Occurrence
Essentially, pores on our skin are of two types – Oil pores and Sweat pores
Oil pores are present all over the body but are more on the face, neck and groin regions. When these pores get excess sebum, the skin expands and they become visible. Sweat pores are comparatively smaller and not visible to the common eye. If overactive, sweat pores can cause hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.
Large pores on face can be of three types:
Excess oil piles on the hair follicles on the face, causing the skin pores to dilate. Oily skin that is prone to pimples and acne get these large pores shaped like circles. These can turn to blackheads if dirt and bacteria accumulate on them.
Those who have dry skin tend to get these open pores that resemble the U letter. These are also formed as a result of loss of collagen, due to dehydration and advancing age.
These rough pores occur on the cheeks over hair follicles, as a result of reduced elasticity and density of skin that happens due to normal aging.
Open pores occur on the following areas of the body:
On the Nose and Chin
The forehead, nose, and chin form the T-zone on the face, that is usually oily even in people with normal or dry skin. This is because there are more sebaceous glands on the nose, forehead and chin than on other areas of the face. So, the most visible large pores on face tend to occur in these regions.
On the Forehead
Due to the presence of more sebaceous glands, the forehead has large pores. The usage of hair products clogs these pores and can cause inflammation leading to skin sensitivity and breakouts.
On the Cheeks
Exposure to UV rays, dirt and pollutants make the cheeks most prone to have enlarged pores that are visible and likely to get infected. This is the facial skin that tends to break out in pimples and acne.
Make sure you keep these areas clean and exfoliated. Use the Oil Control Anti-Acne face wash with Zinc PCA and Citric Acid from Re’equil to cleanse your face at least twice every day. It effectively regulates excess sebum production and restores the pH levels of your skin.
Treatment Options for Large Pores
Enlarged pores are more of a cosmetic problem, rather than a serious medical issue. With the right approach to skincare, these can be minimized and kept in control.
Open pores treatment at home starts with proper skincare habits. Make it a point to keep your facial skin clean at all times. Avoid comedogenic cosmetics and always remove make-up before going to sleep at night. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated from within. And keep your skin protected from sun damage and oxidative stress.
Some methods that have been found to be clinically effective in reducing enlarged pores on face are:
Look for alcohol free pore-refining toners that refines skin texture
A pore refining skin toner protects your skin from drying out and tightens large open pores. This amazing toner from Re’equil helps in gently removing pore-clogging residue, such as traces of makeup and excess oils, from your skin without stripping it of its own moisture.
Invest in a face serum packed with moisture barrier boosting ingredients
Your skin needs to retain its moisture and elasticity, so that large pores do not appear prominent. Re’equil’s Pore Refining Serum tightens enlarged pores, repairs the epidermal cell renewal process, and improves the elasticity of your skin. This serum with Niacinamide decongests pores and increases the synthesis of skin-strengthening ceramides. Your skin’s radiance and resilience get an immense boost with this serum, and it looks visibly younger too.
Start using Retinol to increase skin cell turnover
Retinol is an active skincare ingredient that aids skin cell turnover, but needs to be used with caution or it can cause skin darkening and dryness. Re’equil Retinol Night Cream offers the optimal retinol concentration in a hydrating formulation. With a blend of beneficial chemical and bio retinols that increase surface skin cell turnover, this anti aging night cream neutralizes free radical damage and improves your skin firmness. Your skin looks and feels more supple, and open pores are less visible.
With these superior skin care solutions, you can avert open or enlarged pores on your skin. After all, prevention is the best policy!
Read on to know of some simple lifestyle changes that will also help reduce the occurrence of enlarged pores.
Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Pore Enlargement
Exfoliate with Caution
Exfoliating the skin regularly works well for those with oily, acne prone skin. However, for dry, sensitive skin it is best to avoid physical scrubs and loofahs, as well as chemical peels.
Enzymatic exfoliation is gentler than chemical peels that dry up your skin. Re’equil Micro-peeling-enzymatic-exfoliation-serum facilitates exfoliation slowly and gently at the epidermis surface. With its incredible brightening action, this serum gives clearer, healthier and better moisturized skin.
Avoid hot showers
Always bathe in cool or lukewarm water as hot water tends to dry the skin, thus aggravating enlarged pores. Limit your shower timings to ten to fifteen minutes, and use a mild cleanser with non-comedogenic ingredients.
Always Use Non-Comedogenic Skincare Products
Read the labels of beauty and skincare products carefully, and select only those that have non-comedogenic ingredients (that do not clog skin pores). Look for non-comedogenic moisturizers and serums that suit all skin types.
Use an Alcohol-free Skin Toner
An alcohol-free, pore-refining skin toner, like the Pore Refining Face Toner from Re’equil, restores the pH balance of your skin and keeps it oil-free. It helps in minimizing open pores, regulating sebum production, and neutralizing acne-causing bacteria.
Always Use Sunscreen
Never venture out during the daytime without a mineral sunscreen that is lightweight and Oxybenzone-free. A sunscreen with SPF 50 is ideal to protect your skin from UV damage.
Use specially formulated Skincare Products for Oily Skin
For oily and acne-prone skin, use the skin products which have oily controlling properties. An oil-control toner and sebum regulating face serum would be ideal.
Need Help with Your Skincare?
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Get honest and effective dermatologically tested products that work wonders on your skin. All of Re’equil’s products are SLS and paraben-free, and are safe and gentle to use.
Our solutions for enlarged pores are specially formulated to regulate sebum production, encourage collagen production, and improve skin cell turnover. With Re’equil’s open pores treatment, your skin’s elasticity and texture get a huge boost. Get the Pore Refining Toner, Oxybenzone free Sunscreen, Mattifying Moisturizer and Niacinamide Serum, to ace your skincare routine.
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