We all have them. 5 million to be exact; and about 20, 000 of them being on our face alone. As annoying as they may be when you’re trying to snap your best selfie, they allow your skin to breathe and help move oil and toxins from the skin. With that many pores, you couldn’t expect them to all the same though right? Of course not! There are 2 different types of pores, oil and sweat.
Oil pores are where your hair follicle comes out of your face. Sebum, the oil your skin naturally creates, travels through the hair follicle to moisturize your skin. Acne is created when that oil and dirt get trapped within the pore and can’t escape. These pores vary in size, these are the pores on the face that we often complain about. Oil pores are everywhere except the palms of our hands and soles of your feet.
Then you have sweat pores. They are all over your body, but extremely tiny. They are often not visible. These aren’t the pores you’re worried about I’m sure.
So we understand pores. Now how do we manage them? Can they even be managed?
Generally the larger the pore appears, the more oil your skin is producing. You can minimize the appearance of pores by managing the amount of oil your skin is producing and keeping them unclogged. How do we do that?
- Use water based products – This increases the amount of product your skin actually absorbs and what sits on the surface of your skin.
- Use AHA’s : if you want a brief rundown on what these are, click here. Products with AHA’s help reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores by increasing the rate of cell turnover which keeps the pores clean.
- Use warm/cool water when washing your face. Hot water can irritate your skin and cause your pores to appear larger.
- Hyaluronic Acid tightens and makes your skin firm which in turn reduces the size of pores.
- Salicylic Acid another great ingredient that can aid in shrinking pores due its ability to kill bacteria.
- Double Cleanse – washing your face in the morning and evening will reduce the amount of dirt in your skin, therefore aiding in keeping pores unclogged.
Remember, picking and squeezing your blackheads will only make your pores larger, leaving more room for more bacteria.