If you’ve spent ample time parked in front of the mirror surveying your pores and feeling stupefied as to why they won’t completely disappear, no matter how strategic your skincare routine—rest assured, you’re not alone! Here’s some insight to clear up the mystery of pores once and for all.
As host to hair follicles and sebaceous glands, these openings on the surface of the skin play a sizeable role in helping to release the sebum—our body’s natural oil—that keeps skin healthy and lubricated as opposed to dry and cracked. That’s a good thing—but where it can go awry is when the glands shift into overdrive and create too much oil. The culprits of overactive sebaceous glands? Everything from stress to hormones to lifestyle habits, say for instance, that cell phone snuggled against the side of your cheek. Pores that become clogged with a buildup of excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells can result in blemishes. What’s more, when pores become blocked they can stretch out and expand, looking more noticeable.
Genetics are also a primary factor in determining the size of your pores, which means that if your parents have large pores, it’s likely you do, too. Aging is another: The natural process of losing collagen and experiencing sun damage in your 30s and 40s can make pores appear bigger, giving us just one more reason to slather on sunscreen all year round.
Now that you know the factors that determine and contribute to pore size, it’s time to take action! While you can’t shrink or eliminate pores permanently, you can reduce their appearance using three simple steps:
- Step 1
When you’re applying your skin care products you want to start with a smooth canvas. In the mornings we like to turn to micellar water, a beloved French go-to to gently cleanse the skin.
- Step 2
Layering your skin care products is a great way to get the most out of them. So after cleansing you’ll want to apply a pump of serum to your skin, like the Idéalia Serum.
- Step 3
Cap off your daily skincare routine with an oil-free hydrating lotion like Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream This daily moisturizer was designed to help with skin imperfections like blackheads, dark spots, shine, and—you guessed it—large pores.