Top Tips for Pores
5 Top Tips to Minimise PoresAt one point or another we’ve all been fixated on our skin texture and size of our pores.
Pores are in fact essential for healthy skin and though it’s not possible to technically shrink them,
following these helpful steps can help make them appear smaller.
Take Off the Day – Cleansing
Clearing out clogged pores can make a huge difference when it comes to their size. Makeup, dirt, oils
and debris; when not properly removed can make pores look bigger. Cleanse daily, especially at night
– making sure to remove any makeup first. Using the appropriate cleansers for your skin type is
especially important, to avoid overly stripping the skin.
TOP TIP – Remove makeup and sunscreen with an oil-based cleanser, then follow up with a mild face
wash. Milky cleansers are great for dry or sensitive skin; Gentle gel cleansers are ideal for combination
to oily skin.
Exfoliate and Resurface
Remove dead skin cells with regular exfoliation. BHA otherwise known as Salicylic Acid is a great
chemical exfoliant and a great option for enlarged pores. It gets deep into the pores and breaks down
oil, with the added bonus of fighting bacteria. Another ingredient that helps refine the look of pores
is Retinol. The Gold Standard when it comes to treating a range of skin concerns; retinol and other
retinoids will promote collagen production and help with skin renewal.
TOP TIP – Use a BHA 3 times a week to keep pores clear; if you have quite sensitive skin try a
cleanser with BHA instead of a leave on serum or toner If you decide to incorporate retinol into your routine
it’s vital to choose the right product based and your skin type and tolerance, to avoid any adverse
effects. Apply your retinol 1 to 3 times a week, then work your way up to every night as your skin
Neutralise and Repair
Our skin can be impacted by molecules called free radicals which unfortunately can cause damage to
the skin. Free radical damage can come about through pollution, diet and lifestyle habits like smoking.
Investing in a topical Antioxidant for daily use can help immensely with keeping skin healthy and
minimising pore size.
TOP TIP – opt for pure Vitamin C and use in the AM to counteract UV free radicals; it’s also especially
good at preventing sebum from oxidising and hardening in the pore. Niacinamide’s also great as it’s
been shown to help regulate the lining of the pore.
Hide the Magnifying Mirror
The age old saying “Don’t pick at your spots”, rings true. Bacteria on your fingers can make their way
into your pores and though tempting, the picking could cause further issues such as scarring.
TOP TIP– To avoid the temptation of picking, why not pick up a pack of pimple patches. From generic
hydrocolloid patches to funky rainbow coloured pimple stickers; they provide protection from fingers
and bacteria. It’s also important to remember, people don’t see your face the way you do close up in
a mirror, so be kind to yourself because pores and pimples are normal.
A non-negotiable final step; applying your daily SPF. Now seen as increasingly important these days –
the sun’s UV rays and the ways in which it affects our skin, reveals the importance of day-to-day
protection. Sun exposure can break down collagen and elastin, which in turn makes pores larger.
TOP TIP- Find a broad-spectrum sunscreen that suits your skin type with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Ideally lightweight in texture and non-comedogenic; you have the option of chemical or mineral
sunscreens and a lot more cosmetically elegant formulas that don’t have that traditional sunscreen
scent, doesn’t leave a white cast or leave skin overly greasy. Remember to remove sunscreen in the
PM to avoid clogging pores.
When it comes down to the natural size of your pores, that’s mostly determined by genetics and age.
It’s a common enough skin concern, so don’t fret. – Introduce these tips into a regular skincare routine
to keep pores clean and less visible.
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