Tackling large pores
One of the most common skin complaints we hear from both men women of all ages is that they feel their pores are too large. This widespread concern with pore size has even coined a new term in skincare circles: “porexia.” While there’s no doubt that some individuals are probably overly worried about the issue, enlarged pores are a genuine concern that can fortunately be addressed with the right skincare products and regimen.
Pore size is actually genetically determined and not a lot that can be done to change it. What can be accomplished, however, is to minimize clogged pores, which are often what cause the appearance of enlarged pores.
Pores serve a very important function in the health of the skin. They are openings for hair follicles and house sebaceous glands. Pores serve as a gateway for perspiration and sebum to leave the body. When oils, dirt and bacteria are allowed to accumulate, however, they widen the opening of the pore and appear more visible due to the darker color of the oil and debris. Because oily skin types naturally have greater oil production, they are more susceptible to enlarged pores, but all skin types can experience the problem.
Fortunately, there are effective ways to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores:
- Good hygiene: If you’ve ever gone to bed with your makeup on, you’ve contributed to enlarged pores. Using a gentle but thorough cleanser such as our Ocean Mineral Cleanser twice a day is an important first step in tackling large pores. Avoid overly drying cleansers which can actually stimulate more oil production as the skin tries to over compensate. Follow with an alcohol-free toner such as our Ocean Mineral Tonic, which delivers glycolic acid, antioxidants, and organic sulfur to maximize the health of the supporting skin structure.
- Exfoliation: Regular exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells which can clog pores, and lead to their enlarged appearance. Using a scrub such as OZNaturals Ancient Orient Dermafoliant two to three times a week can make a big difference, not just in the appearance of your pores, but in the effectiveness of all your skincare products. For even more exfoliating power, a glycolic acid peel once or twice a month is another effective exfoliation strategy, provided you don’t have sensitive skin.
- Retinol: Adding a retinol product to your skincare regimen can improve the appearance of pore size by increasing cell turnover and addressing collagen and elastin breakdown. The more collagen we lose during the natural aging process, the weaker the pores’ natural support structure becomes, which allows more dirt and debris to collect. Consider using a retinol serum such as our Pro-Retaxinol Serum on a nightly basis.
- Sun protection: Sun damage is another major culprit for enlarged pores that many people are not aware of. Sun exposure damages collagen and compromises the structural integrity of the skin, allowing pores to lose their tautness and appear larger. Make a habit of using an SPF30 sunscreen every day, especially if you are using a Retinol or Alpha Hydroxy Acid product.
With the correct products and proper care enlarged pores can be greatly minimized, making “porexia” a thing of the past.