What are pores exactly?
Pores are an opening to a hair follicle which means that at the root of every pore a hair follicle is to be found. The follicles of the face are very small and almost unnoticeable and on the base of each and one of them are oil glands. These oil glands tend to overgrow, usually during puberty, which makes the pores seem bigger and more apparent.
The tiny dots that we can see when closely looking in the mirror are the openings of our hair follicles. They contain sebaceous glands that are responsible for the production of skin oils. These sebaceous glands are bigger in some areas of the face like the forehead and the nose and are the ones “guilty” of making your pores more visible.
However, your genes are also responsible for the size of your pores. Usually, people with darker or olive skin have bigger pores than fair-skinned people. Your pores are also conditioned by your skin type. People with oily skin are prone to having more visible pores while those with dry skin don’t have this issue.
There are various other factors that determine the size of the pores. For example, trapped sebum and dead skin cells may form pimples that starch out the pore. UV rays affect the pores by weakening the collagen that keeps them tight and by that makes them larger. Aging also contributes to the widening of pores because as our body is getting older the amount of collagen that it produces gradually decreases. A mistake made by many is squeezing the pimples which makes things only worse because it can cause trauma to the skin or widen the pores.
What makes pores more visible in some more than others?
Genetics and hormones play a huge role in this problem and the size of our pores is a thing we have no control over but the good news is that there is more than one way that you can take care of your pores and make them as unnoticeable as possible.
Enlarged pores can ruin your appearance as they are unpleasant to look at most of the time, which is why people who have open pores try to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. There are a lot of commercial products that claim to be helpful, however, there are natural remedies as well that can help you get rid of the open pores.
Aloe Vera gel
Apply the gel on your face and let it stay overnight. Rinse with lukewarm water in the morning. It will remove excess oil and dirt from your skin, keep it hydrated and close the pores.
Apple cider vinegar – a natural skin toner
Mix 5 tablespoons of water with a tablespoon of ACV and put the mixture in a spray bottle. After you spray it on your face, let it try and simply apply moisturizer.
This powerful toner can fight infections, regulate the skin’s pH level, and reduce the enlarged pores.
Egg white mask
This amazing mask with reduce the pores and tighten the skin.
- 1.2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2.1 egg white
- 3.2 tablespoons of oatmeal
- Mix all the ingredients together until you get a homogeneous mixture. Apply it on your face and let it stay for about 30 minutes.
- Rise with cold water and that’s it. You can use this mask every day to get the wanted results.
Mix equal amount of water and baking soda to get a paste. Apply it on the face, massage for a minute and rinse with water. You can do this every 3-4 days, as using the paste daily can dry out your skin.
It also help you get rid of acne as well.
When dealing with pores it is useful to remember that many cosmetic products that promise you a quick and easy solution are part of a salesman trick. Your pores are already open, they are just filled with dead skin cells or debris and need to be cleaned. Those dead skin cells must be removed in order for the skin to freely “breathe” and to make way for new cells to grow.
Although you cannot change your skin type or your genes, developing a preventive skin care system is the most efficient way to deal with pore problems. Here are some instructions:
– Your skin must be cleaned as a part of your daily routine and for this, you can use any type of product that suits your skin type.
– To protect your skin from the sun, always apply sunscreen
– Moisturize your skin (applies to those with oily skin as well)
– Use products that contain antioxidants to boost collagen to keep your skin healthy