7 Simple Ways to Minimize Large Pores That Actually Work

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Jul. 12, 2020
Pores are necessary for our body to function properly, but there’s no reason we can’t attempt to minimize their appearance. The size of your pores depends on a number of factors such as skin type, sun exposure, age, genetics, makeup, etc. Before learning how to minimize the appearance of your pores you need to understand what they are and why they’re necessary. 
What Are Pores?
“Pore” is defined as an opening in a surface where particles can pass through. In humans, pores are the opening at the top of our hair follicles and openings that release sebum or oil to the skin’s surface in order to keep it moisturized. If you’ve ever suffered from acne, then you’ll know that pores can become clogged easily and this can have an affect ton their appearance. Pores are essential to maintaining healthy skin, understanding their purpose will help you care for them and minimize their appearance. 
What Causes Large Pores?
There are multiple different reasons you may find yourself with pores large than you’d like and lucky for you most of these issues can be addressed. Large pores can result due to:
  • Age – As you grow older the skin begins to lose elasticity causing stretching and sagging of the skin. This makes pores appear larger than they actually are. The skin also thickens with age causing skin cells to gather around the pores and create a larger appearance. 
  • Sun Exposure – Years of damage from the sun can cause pores to appear large. Sun exposure thickens the skin and can remove collagen, elastin and water from the skin. The absence of moisture in the skin causes the tissue beneath the skin to shrink and pull at the pores making the sag and appear larger. 
  • Genetics – Genes are probably the largest factor in determining the size and appearance of your pores. It’s more likely that you will have larger pores if members of your family also have them. 
  • Clogged Pores – Excess oil and dead skin are the main causes of clogged pores and they can cause your pores to appear larger than normal. Clogged pores often lead to blackheads and blemishes which can draw attention to the size of your pores and increase their size by expanding the area. 
How to Minimize Pores
Oftentimes, tips for minimizing the appearance of pores are overcomplicated and ineffective. We’ve compiled a list of the most simple and effective ways to minimize large pores that actually work:
  • Cleanse Your Face Regularly – One of the most essential steps in keeping the appearance of your pores small is cleansing your face in the morning and evening. It can be easy to get distracted by so many skincare products, but simply washing your face with warm water and soap on a regular basis will help to eliminate dirt and oil that may build up in the pore, reducing their appearance. 
  • Exfoliate – Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin which leaves the skin bright and smooth. Exfoliating at least once a week will prevent your pores from stretching out and appearing even larger. There are two types of exfoliants – physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are great for getting rid of dead skin cells but may be too harsh for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Chemical exfoliants have two subcategories known as AHAs and BHAs that are great for removing dead skin cells gently. 
  • Moisturize – Keeping the skin moisturized reduces the chance of developing dry, cracked or oily skin. Even those with oily skin should moisturize as it can lessen the production of oil in the skin and reduce the appearance of oiliness. 
  • Use SPF – Sunscreen is important in minimizing the appearance of pores as sun damage is one of the main contributors to large pores. Using SPF helps to block the sun’s damaging rays from penetrating the skin which keeps the skin tight and firm. 
  • Use a Clay Mask – Clay masks are and amazing pore minimizer due to their purifying effects. They are extremely efficient when it comes to removing dirt, oil, dead skin and any other impurities that may be in the pores. 
  • Evaluate Your Skincare/Makeup Products – Sometimes the products you use on a regular basis could be causing your pores to appear larger than they are. Many products irritate the skin and lead to clogged pores. Make sure that all of your products are noncomedogenic and gentle on the skin. 
  • Stay Hydrated – In addition to taking care of your skin with products, water can also be very beneficial for the health of your skin. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep the skin hydrated from the inside out, remove toxins from the skin’s surface and improve complexion. Try drinking at least 8 glasses or more per day to keep your skin looking healthy. 
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