While the size of your pores is largely down to your genes, there are a number of factors that can make them appear larger. Dirt, excess oil or dead skin cells can clog your pores, stretching them and making them appear more visible. People with more oily skin and more active oil glands are more likely to have bigger pores (and enlarged pores on the nose) to release oil from within the skin, so cleansing thoroughly is important to reduce those blockages.
As we get older we also produce less collagen, which is key to maintaining healthy and firm skin around your pores. Coupled with the effects of UV rays and other environmental stressors on your skin’s elasticity, you may notice as time ticks on, enlarged pores might bother you more.
Effective ways to minimise the appearance of large pores
While you can’t change the pores you were born with, following a good skincare routine will make sure your pores don’t get any bigger. Enlarged pores can continue to stretch if they become clogged, so cleansing daily and making sure you remove your makeup before bed is key – especially if you have oily skin.Exfoliating twice a week can also help to remove oil, dirt and the build-up of dead skin cells that would normally gather in the pore. Choose a non-abrasive, leave-on salicylic acid or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliant to exfoliate inside the pore, and help prevent stretching or blackheads forming. Clay masks can also be great for soaking up excess sebum and dirt that could be clogging your pores. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily to also minimise the effects of UV damage on your skin’s elasticity and make any large pores treatments you do effective.
Pore-friendly products to add to your routine
ApplyVichy’s Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Cleansing Gel, which is enriched with BHA salicylic acid, morning and evening to remove dirt, dust and pollutant particles from the skin and leave it looking fresher, pores unclogged and blackheads less prominent. Hydration is key to every skincare routine – even oily ones – but choosing a lighter, non-greasy formula likeVichy’s Normaderm’s Correcting Anti-Blemish Care that also contains salicylic acid can help visibly clear concerns while providing lasting hydration. Eleven years in the making, this moisturiser also provides a soft-focus effect that reduces the appearance of pores.
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