Pores on face are normal and almost everyone has them. But some people have more visible pores than others. Many factors affect pore visibility, including genetics, age, sun exposure, and skin type. There is no way to get rid of pores permanently; however, you can take steps to make them less visible. Some common skincare ingredients like salicylic acid or witch hazel tighten pores by removing excess oil and debris as well as shrink them with prolonged use. Here is how you can get rid of those pesky pores on your face!
What are pores?
Pores are small holes in your skin that produce sebum, an oily substance that your skin needs to stay moisturized. They also help regulate your body temperature. Most people have thousands of pores all over their face, but some have more visible pores than others. The visibility of your pores can depend on your genetics, the condition of your skin, your age, how often you clean your skin and the amount of sebum produced. Pores can get clogged with oil, dirt, and bacteria, which can cause blackheads and whiteheads.
Exfoliating is good for your skin as it helps remove the old skin cells, unclogs pores, and reduces acne and pigmentation. You can do this with a scrub, face mask, or peel every once in a while. Some ingredients that work well for exfoliation include sugar, salt, or BHA/AHA. You can also use a chemical exfoliant, a kind of scrub that unclogs pores for sensitive skin. Exfoliating too often can dry out your skin, so make sure to not overdo it. It is recommended to do it once a week for normal to oily skin or once a month for dry skin. You can also do a scrub in the shower as it will open up your pores for a better cleaning.
BHA and AHA
Exfoliating your pores with chemical products, such as salicylic acid (BHA), is another option that can help unclog pores. This is best used before you cleanse your face so the oil and dirt are lifted away from your pores. AHA, another chemical exfoliant, can also help unclog pores, but it is better for getting rid of fine lines, scars, and sun damage. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use a chemical exfoliant once or twice a week. If you have acne-prone skin, it is best to use a chemical exfoliant once a month. Before using any chemical exfoliant, make sure to patch test to avoid any allergic reactions.
Toner and Astringent
Toner is a great way to get rid of any dirt and makeup left on your face after your daily skincare routine. It can also be used to treat acne, blackheads, and reduce the size of pores. It is best to use a toner after cleansing your face. While it is not recommended to use it before because your cleanser is already doing what a toner does, it can help clean your face since your hands can still be dirty after you cleanse. Astringents are best used before your toner to help clean your pores. It can help with acne, sun damage, and blackheads.
Clay masks are great for getting rid of the excess oil and impurities inside your pores. They can help with blackheads, acne, and other pigmentation. Most clay masks come in a powder which you mix with water or your cleanser to form a paste. Make sure to patch test the clay mask on your arm before applying it to your face to avoid any allergic reactions and after 20 minutes, wash it off with warm water. Try using a clay mask once a week to help clear your pores.
Pores are the gateway to your skin's health and beauty, meaning they're super important to take care of! There's no need to be embarrassed if you have large or visible pores because there are a few things you can do to get rid of them, like exfoliating and using a clay mask once a week. By taking care of your pores, you're taking care of your whole face—making it healthier and brighter.