So you have large pores on your face? Are you also suffering from blackheads which tend to go hand in hand with enlarged pores? If you are, here’s a bare face fact. Just about everyone gets enlarged pores, as these pores are tiny openings in our skin that provide a way for the oil glands underneath to lubricate and protect the surface of our skin.
Pores enlarge during puberty, when oil glands in our skin begin to increase the amount of oil that they pump through our pores. The pores get bigger so that they can handle the increased output. And they stay enlarged until somewhere around menopause, when they might begin to shrink.
You might find comfort knowing that enlarged facial pores is one of the most common skin problems in Asian women. In fact, you’re most likely to notice enlarged pores around your nose, because that area has more oil glands per square inch than any other part of your body. And you’ll want to know that such pores can appear larger if dirt, oil and skin cells accumulate in the pore, causing it to stretch.
It appears that many reasons contribute to the rougher crater-like surface texture not unlike that of an orange peel. Amongst these are genetic predisposition, ageing, chronic ultraviolet light exposure, acne and increased sebum output level.
Well, exactly which of these are contributing to my enlarged pores is what I wish to know now. I’m secreting more sebum than ever on my face and I’m most suspicious that it could be due to my higher stress level now or something I’m using. At the moment I’m uncertain but to try to control the situation, I’m turning to a few solutions:
Re-examine my products
Ensuring that none of them are over greasy and clogging up my pores. In fact, the best that I can do to help my pores is to use products that are noncomedogenic and oil-free, especially the makeup bases. So I’m going to switch back to Fyrinnae’s Underthere Face Primer which helps to control oil and also said to have a pore tightening effect when used in the long term.
Remove my dead skin cells
Through frequently exfoliating and deep cleansing routines. Apparently, I can improve the appearance of my pores by removing dead skin cells.
Use pore minimizing lotion
I’ve started using Vichy Normaderm Night Chrono-Active Pore Refining Care which is said to reduce pore size. I don’t really like it very much but I’m trying to give it some time because I’ve read some positive reviews about the product and am hoping it will do the job. We’ll see.
Use pore minimizing mask
I’m also going to start myself on masks that specifically address pore issues. There are some such masks in the market but I’m planning to get Burt’s Bee Pore Refining Mask as this is a brand I trust, in addition to the fact that organic products should give more benefits to my skin.
I might also resume my IPL sessions again because I noticed that when I was going through the treatment last year, my facial pores didn’t appear quite as large as how they are now. The only problem then for me was that my skin was rather dry and lacked hydration.
At the end of the day, I don’t want to simply conceal my pores. I really want them to be smaller, disappear if possible. I want my face to look good without makeup. Smooth porcelain fair skin. My impossible and ambitious beauty goal.