Oh no! You’ve just looked in the mirror to see HUGE pores and feel you’ve just got to do something about them. Even though we shouldn’t, it’s those little imperfections we tend to obsess about the most.
Large pores can be a problem many of us just can’t seem to get rid of. You may have tried cleansing or covering up your skin with foundation and concealer to minimize or hide how your pores look, but to no real result. And doing that can actually make them even worse because it clogs your pores!
What Are Pores Exactly?
Pores are tiny openings in the skin from which our hair follicles (small sacs or cavity in the body) grow. Where you have hair, you have a pore! But that’s not all they’re there for – they secrete sebum (a natural oil our bodies make) that protects skin and locks in the moisture that keeps wrinkles at bay.
So What Causes Enlarged Pores?
Unfortunately, pores don’t really become smaller than they are in their healthy, normal state because their size is pretty much determined by genetics. But there are other causes for enlarged pores that you can do something about. These are:
- Your skin becomes unbalanced from stress, making your stress hormones go into overdrive and produce too much oil. This can clog and stretch your pores.
- The pores become clogged and stretched when dirt settles on your skin, along with makeup, and your skin isn’t cleansed properly or regularly. And too much cleansing can actually cause your pores to produce more oil!
- Enlarged pores can occur with aging. Your skin loses elasticity and thickens from years of sun damage. So even if you have dry skin, you can become the victim of enlarged pores! CoQ10, resulting in more wrinkles and dark spots. Applied to the skin, CoQ10 helps combat free radical damage, helps stimulate collagen production, and improves elasticity for smooth, age-defying skin.
What steps can you take to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores?
6 Ways to Minimize Enlarged Pores?
- AVOID SUN DAMAGE
Sun damage breaks down your collagen, leading to saggy pores, so apply sunscreen year-round.
Keep your pores healthy by cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, according to your skin type. Your skin will feel balanced and look great, too.
Remove dead skin buildup and toxins that cause your pores to stretch out by exfoliating several times weekly. Choose a gentle, nourishing exfoliating scrub.
- FACIAL MASKS
Masks not only work to detoxify the skin, but they can also help tighten and minimize pores, moisturize and hydrate with antioxidants.
A great way to minimize pores is by using a toner. Toner constricts the pores, which dry out excess oil and also stops the excretion of excess sebum. Toner is good for oily, combination or acne-prone skin, but other skin types may not need it so much, if at all.
- CREAMS & SERUMS
Creams and serums can keep the skin balanced, moisturized and tightened, and research has shown that certain key ingredients can make a significant impact on enlarged pores. Retinol is wonderful in shrinking pores because it resurfaces the skin, cleans out the deepest gunk, and shrinks the appearance of pores.
With all this in mind, we’ve formulated pore-minimizing facial products that work for all skin types:
Our Antioxidant Facial Treatment Mask exfoliates, firms skin, unclogs pores and provides intense hydration to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also use it as a gentle exfoliating facial scrub and cleanser.
The Vitamin C Toner not only cleanses your skin and tightens pores, it creates softer, smoother looking skin balanced to your skin’s optimal pH level.
Bella Jade’s Retinol Moisturizer generates visible improvements to fine lines, sun damage, age spots and scars, as well as building collagen and minimizing enlarged pores.