Pores are small openings in the skin that release oils and sweat. They’re also connected to your hair follicles.
If your pores appear larger, it may be because of:
- increased sebum production, which causes oily skin
- sun damage
- noncomedogenic makeup
Although you can’t change the size of your pores, home techniques can help minimize their appearance.
- 1 medium size Beetroot
- 1 glass of Rose water (8 oz)
- Peel the beetroot and grate it.
- Add your grated beetroot to a blender or a food processor
- Add 1 glass of rose water
- Blend it and pour your mixture into an ice cube tray
- Freeze it for 5-6 hours or until hardened.
- Pick one ice cube and gently rub it onto your face in a circular motion for couple of minutes
- Rinse your face with ice cold water and pat dry.
- Apply a good moisturizer
- Use 1 – 2 ice cubes daily for best results.
TECHNIQUES THAT CAN HELP YOU MINIMIZE THEIR APPEARANCE
1. Use a clay mask
Clay masks can help remove oil, dirt, and dead skin deep inside your pores to make them look smaller. You can use these once or twice per week, but not on the same days that you exfoliate. Exfoliating and using a clay mask in the same day can be tough on your skin and increase your risk of irritation.
2. Wear sunscreen every day
Sunscreen is a must-have for everyone, so don’t let oily skin hold you back. Sun damage not only increases your long-term risk of cancer and wrinkles, but it can also dry out your skin and make your pores look bigger.
3. Don’t sleep with makeup on
Falling asleep with your makeup on is detrimental to your skin. When left on overnight, cosmetics can combine with dirt, oil, and bacteria left over from the day and clog up your pores. This can make them look larger the next day when you wake up.
That’s why it’s so important to wash your makeup off at night, no matter how tired you are or how late you get home.
4. Cleanse your face
The best types of cleansers get rid of excess dirt and oil without completely stripping your skin of moisture. For large pores related to oily skin, look for a gel-based cleanser. Normal to dry skin can benefit from creamy cleansers.
No matter what skin type you have, avoid cleansers that contain soap or scrubbing agents. These can make pores look bigger.
5. Assess your skin care products
It may be time to switch up the skin care products you use on a regular basis.
If you’re using any products designed to clear excess sebum and acne, you could be working against yourself. Short-term use is fine, but they can actually irritate your skin with long-term use.
These products rely on active ingredients such as salicylic acid to remove the top layers of your skin. This produces a drying effect, leading your pores to look smaller. But if your skin becomes too dry, your sebaceous glands increase sebum production to replenish the lost moisture. This leads you back to oily skin.