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Remedies For Open Pores

Many of you have asked me about open pores on my social media platforms and i had to do a video on this subject, so here is what I think are the causes and remedies.

5 Causes Of Large Pores And 5 Ways To Combat Them

Pores are either hair follicles or sweat pores. These tiny openings play an important role in keeping your skin and your body functioning properly. Sadly they can also be perceived as unsightly by some and can negatively affect your self-esteem and confidence. Hopefully this article will shed some light on what makes pores look large and the available techniques that can help you cope with that.

5 causes of large pores
1. Skin type
Oily skin and acne are usually caused by our sebaceous glands overproducing sebum. Sebum is an odorless, waxy substance that acts as a natural lubricant and moisturizer and while it has many protective and nourishing properties, it can also clog and enlarge our pores.

2. Age
As we age our skin naturally loses collagen and some of its elasticity and when you add environmental factors your pores inevitably become more noticeable as you grow older. Our skin also regenerates much slower.

3. Gender
Men have naturally thicker skin and tend to have oiler skin due to testosterone. They also have a larger number of hair follicles that can become clogged and enlarged.

4. Genetics
Your skin type and your ethnicity can determine the size of your pores. We tend to inherit skin types to some degree and large pores are more prevalent among certain ethnicities, while others have naturally smaller pores.

5. Comedogenic makeup or skincare
When you use comedogenic products you trap all the debris and natural oils in your pores essentially clogging them and making them appear larger than they would otherwise.

5 ways to combat them

You can’t change your genetics, your ethnic background, or your biological sex, but here are the five effective things you can do in order to combat the appearance of enlarged pores.

1. Gentle cleansing
Using harsh cleansers is counter-productive because they strip your skin of its natural oils and your skin can respond by producing even more sebum. Use a mild cleanser in the morning and at the end of your day.

2. Makeup
A good primer can help you minimize the appearance of large pores by filling them in. Ideally, you should use one without dimethicone or other silicones because they can trap debris and the buildup can actually enlarge your pores.

3. Moisturizing
When it comes to pores a good moisturizer can do wonders, especially if you have acne-prone skin. It helps you regulate the production of sebum throughout the day. You just have to make sure it’s non-comedogenic so it doesn’t clog your pores.

4. Acids
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in your routine because it removes dead skin and oils that would otherwise get trapped in our pores.
Salicylic acid is an antibacterial chemical exfoliant that dissolves skin debris and helps you get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and acne in general. It truly is a perfect choice if your skin is acne-prone. Acids (AHA, BHA, PHA) in general are very effective and safe exfoliants when used correctly.

5. Sunscreen
And last but not least, sunscreen. Besides preventing skin cancer, sunscreen can also prevent premature aging of your skin. UV rays cause photodamage and can severely degrade collagen and elastin. Using sunscreen is the best way to prevent most of that damage.

Hope this helped you, I am excited about my Holistic Skincare Masterclass Launching next week. Watch this space for more information or follow m on social media.

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