Pore size is genetically predetermined, however excess oil production causes pores to appear enlarged to allow for the flow of sebum. Areas more active in producing sebum such as the nose tend to have larger pore sizes than less oily areas like the forehead.⠀
Approach’s to minimising the appearance of pores:⠀
Clogged pores become stretched by excess oil & debris. AHA/BHA cleansers are particularly effective for removing and exfoliating build up. If your cleanser contains an AHA or BHA, use it as you would a mask for 15 minutes to break down excess dead skin cells. Always remember to take off your make up before bed and avoid comedogenic ingrediants such as shea butter.⠀
Keep your collagen stimulated with a Vitamin A derivative. Vitamin A stimulates the production of collagen and elastin necessary for structural support of the skin. Introducing retinol to your routine can lead to fewer breakouts and blackheads, and give the appearance of tighter pores.
▪PREVENT SUN DAMAGE▪
UV radiation destroys collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in diluted pores and loss of elasticity. UV damage is the reason why teenage acne scars become more visible with ageing without protection. Wear a factor of SPF 50 daily and take other sun protective measures. ⠀
Splashing cold water on to your skin will not ‘close’ your pores nor have an impact on the size as pores do not have a muscular attachment (although the cold splash does feel refreshing)! 💦 ⠀