As much as you want to look flawless, you just can’t get away from those pores! Some might think that some people don’t have pores but that is not possible because pores are essential to skin function. There are typically two types of pores that most people want to treat, clogged and large pores. Take note that these two are different but before we dive into that, let us first understand everything you need to know about pores.
The good thing about pores is that they are not THAT complicated to understand. It’s really basic and you really don’t have to go through theories and other scientific explanations. Before you think of getting that flashy treatment you came across in a cosmetic store near you, think first: would you rather have someone who’s obviously selling a product or treatment tell you what your skin needs, or would you rather have a personal understanding of pore function and the treatment of pore problems? The latter seems to be the best answer to the question, and arriving at this understanding will allow you to come up with a better decision. You also have to take into consideration your health condition, and whether you are physically fit for such treatments. When it comes to facial care, you don’t dive in headfirst because this is usually when mistakes happen. You really have to know everything there is to know about it. In fact, not everyone knows the difference between large and clogged pores. Often, these two are assumed to be the same thing.
Read on to understand more about pores and what kind of treatments are available for them.
What are Pores?
Put simply, pores are openings in the skin that allow hair to grow and that extract oil in order to lubricate the skin. Without the pores, hair won’t grow and you know how important hair is. And as much as you hate that oil that resurfaces on your face, your face wouldn’t be lubricated without it. Basically, then, you can never get rid of pores! But you can make them less visible with the proper treatment and maintenance.
Your Pore Size
So you have noticeably large pores and you hate it so much. What you need to know about this is that the size of your pores has something to do with your genetics. Aside from that, your large pores extend in size when they are clogged, which leads us to clogged pores. Your pores will only get clogged if there is too much oil or dead skin cells that have accumulated in them. If this accumulation occurs the pores stretch out and, according to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, appear bigger to the naked eye. Again, the models you see on print ads and other commercials have pores. The models are just in heavy makeup or airbrushed, which is why the pores don’t appear. However, if you came face-to-face with these models, you would definitely see those pores. It’s inborn, it’s there, and it’s going to be there for the rest of your life! However, it is not the end of the world if you have large or clogged pores, there are so many solutions for that!
Let’s say, for example, your pores are large, yet they are not clogged at all. This phenomenon is just genetics. The good thing about this is that there are various treatments for this. However, you should know that it is not something you simply sleep on and poof it’s magic and your pores have grown smaller. It’s going to be a process.
One thing that you should also keep in mind is that one of the hardest skin-care problems to solve is large or enlarged pores. The important thing to recognize, though, is that you should really go through a “trial and error” process in which you may need to go through several treatments or use several products to find the one that actually works. Yes, this also means that you might need to spend some cash on this especially if you really want to get rid of your large pores.
Don’t worry, because once you have found the right product, all you have to do is be consistent in using it and you will definitely see an improvement. There are a lot of products nowadays that help minimize pores and, at the same time, there are also cosmetic surgeries options available to you.
Here are some more tips to help fix your “large pores” problem:
- Avoid Emollient Products – this means products that cause your oil glands to produce more oil. Basically, these are products that are creamy in texture. So, if you have oily skin, it is best that you stay away from cream formulas.
- Avoid Bar Soaps – the ingredients used to make a bar of soap can clog pores, so you might want to stay away from them. Choose gentle and water-soluble cleansers instead.
- Salicylic Acid Exfoliant Gel or Liquid Form – this will remove the excess skin cells from your face’s surface, which prevents it from building up in the pore and, at the same time, it exfoliates the inside of the pore that contributes to its shape. Through this, it will give way for a more even flow of oil.
So, it’s not genetics. You have large pores due to the fact that they are clogged. Blame the dirt, the makeup, and other stuff that gets into your face. The solution here is the same as mentioned above. However, it is always best to know the main skin condition. When you have clogged pores, facial cleaning is a must. In fact, this must be done regularly, or as needed, depending on your skin condition. You might also want to have a regular dermatologist to guide and help you throughout the treatment process. This will also need maintenance, so you are really going to need a professional by your side.
Here are some other tips to help you with your clogged pores:
- Birth Control Pills – this will depend on your health and age. Birth control pills can help with oily skin. Too much oil in the skin is often because of low hormone levels and a doctor could prescribe a low-dose birth control pill to aid with this certain problem. However, it is very important that you see a physician prior to beginning this regimen.
- Be Careful about the Makeup You Use – if you have clogged pores, it is possible that you use heavy makeup to cover it up. One thing that you should know is that heavy makeup has a different and heavier texture, which will make things worse. So you might want to stick to lighter makeups. Don’t go too heavy on your makeup because this is really not helping our pores. Also make sure that you take off your makeup at night. Never ever go to bed without washing it off.
- Cosmetic Corrective Procedure – there are various cosmetic procedures that you can have done in your skin for your clogged pores, such as AHA or BHA peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. Any of these treatments can help alleviate the appearance of blackheads as well as whiteheads. Keep in mind, though, that these procedures don’t really help with the function of your pores, which means that this is only “temporary.” At the same time, however, it makes your skin look better. For best results, have the procedure done regularly and have a home skin care routine. Do this religiously and you will notice amazing effects to your pores.
Your clogged and large pores don’t mean it’s the end of the world! There are a lot of things that you can do to help with this skin condition. The good news is that you are living in the modern day, which means that there are more treatments available for the skin. It is best, of course, that you know all of these before you take your next step.
Don’t get too sad over those pores. The first step in alleviating large or clogged pores is to understand it first. As discussed above, both are different and both have different treatments for which you can opt. A trial and error basis is definitely on the line here. It may sound a bit odd for you having to go through that process but it’s the only way to really get the proper treatment for your current skin condition. You also have to be sure to discontinue any kind of product that causes irritation to the skin, no matter how much you really want to use it. Remember that not everything that works for majority of people will work for you as well. We all have unique skin types; embrace it and love it! Beautify it with safe treatments and the right process and you’re good to go.