Large pores are definitely one of the biggest skin concerns for women. To some women looking in the mirror, it can seem like they have giant craters staring back at them. The truth is, everyone has pores, but thanks to things like genetics or hormones, some people’s pores are a little bit more obvious than others.
Your hormones regulate how much oil is produced by your oil glands (which everyone has, even people with dry skin). Your pores start out the perfect size to allow for normal oil flow; however, if your glands produce too much oil, the oil can mix with dead skin cells and plug your pores. When this happens, the pore enlarges itself to allow the oil to flow out, resulting in large pores. If the oil is still trapped, it can oxidize when exposed to air, resulting in a blackhead. This is why large pores and blackheads are usually found together.
So now you know why some people have large pores. Now let’s talk about minimizing them.
The first thing you want to do is get rid of any pore-clogging products in your cabinet. Stick to products that are ‘non-comedogenic’, which means they won’t clog pores. You should also avoid products that are too greasy or heavy. HelioNature’s Mattifying Gel Cream is a daily cream that will keep your skin soft and hydrated, while keeping your pores clear and your face shine-free.
You may have been taught to use really drying cleansers in order to keep your skin oil-free. This actually has the opposite effect: when your skin gets too dry and dehydrated, it produces even more oil to compensate for that. So, it’s important to choose a cleanser that will get deep into your pores, but won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or protective layer. A cleanser like Neostrata Clarifying Facial Cleanser comes in a soap free formula that will clean out your pores without irritating or stripping your skin.
Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads are definitely a secret weapon that you should have. These pads contain pineapple and grapefruit extract to deep cleanse and exfoliate your skin, making your pores shrink right up. They also regulate oil production, leaving you with even, satiny smooth skin.
If you want to hide your pores right this second, Murad Skin Perfecting Primer is the answer. This primer will smooth out your skin, control shine and treat any breakouts you might be having. Who doesn’t love a good multi-tasker?