Enlarged Pores Stay Enlarged Pores
You only have to google “pore-minimizer skincare” and you receive more than 50,000 responses. If there are so many products around that reduce enlarged pores, then there must be at least some that do actually work? But unfortunately, this is also such a good example of how we as consumers are sucked in by these claims. Enlarged pores cannot be reduced with normal skincare products. It’s high time we take a deeper look into this topic.
What are pores?
The skins oil (sebum) is spread across the surface of the skin through the pores. This is useful as sebum ensures a good barrier function for the skin. Without sebum our skin would become susceptible to infection and skin disorders. It also protects our skin, to some degree, from the damaging effects of the sun. Normal production of sebum secretes evenly over the skin. If the process isn’t balanced (for example hormonal swings or a build of dead skin cells) then pores can become blocked. They then become more visible. If this blockage remains long term then the pore wall can become stretched. A visible pore is often a blocked, and in most cases a stretched pore. Our genetic make- up often has a role in this.
“To do” when you have visible pores
Pores do not contain muscles, so they are not structures which can keep changing in size. There is therefore no cream that can reduce the size of pores. The so called ‘astringent lotions’ don’t work either. What these products do is irritate your skin. A result of the irritation is that your skin swells up and the pores become less visible for a short while.
When pores are really blocked you can see an improvement by using an Exfoliant (Salicylic Acid/Glycolic Acid) or Vitamin A Acid. Salicylic Acid can penetrate the grease and so works, in contrast to glycolic acid, within the pores as well. Through the removal of dead skin cells, and sebum build up, large pores decrease. There is also laser treatment available that can reduce visible pores.
Unfortunately there is virtually nothing else that can reduce pores. Make up can make them less noticeable. There are ‘pore-minimizing’ products available for this. By adding reflective particles the pores can sometimes become less visible.
(Dr. Jetske Ultee-Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)
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