How To Minimize Pore Size
Oct. 17, 2020
Your pores are essentially small openings in the skin that excrete oil and sweat, and if these get clogged or the surrounding skin gets damaged, they may appear more prominent. Contrary to popular belief, pores don’t open or close. Nothing will make them physically shrink or grow. But, there are some methods that can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores!
Here are some typical causes of enlarged pores:
- Excessive sebum
- Increased hair follicle volume
- A decrease in skin elasticity
- Hormone fluctuations
- Chronic sun damage
- Compromised skin (over-exfoliation, intense dryness, irritation, eczema, etc)
Try the Skin Gritting Method
A user called Fiftyshadesofsnail introduced to the world a unique method of reducing pore size. Here are the basics:
- Apply a BHA and leave on for 20-25 minutes
- Without rinsing off the BHA, apply a clay mask, and leave it on for the directed amount of time.
- Rinse the clay mask off with tepid water
- Apply a cleansing oil or carrier oil (Jojoba oil is what I use!) and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Massage the oil into your skin for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse the oil off and follow up with the rest of your routine
This can be done 1-2x per week. By removing the “grits” (the small textures that may come out during the massage), your pores will appear smaller because you’re freeing them of excess oil and buildup! I highly recommend reading the detailed post on her website here: https://fiftyshadesofsnail.com/2015/03/28/how-to-shrink-pores-temporarily-plus-3-pore-myths/
The higher concentrations of active ingredients found in chemical peels can propel your results. Whether you visit a professional for a peel or opt for an at-home peeling solution, you can expect more dramatic results in pore size reduction. A professional will be able to recommend the correct frequency for your skin. At home, you must listen to your skin and take care not to over-use. Having healthy skin is the best way to keep pore size at bay, so you don’t want to damage or over-exfoliate your skin and cause more issues.
Only a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist should perform laser resurfacing on you. Laser resurfacing is another treatment aiming to increase collagen in the skin. It can benefit discoloration, aging, and of course, pore size! This treatment can take up to 2 hours and will require diligent aftercare practices. Visit a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss if you’re a good candidate for laser resurfacing to treat pore size.
Microneedling is typical done to promote collagen production, reduce fine lines, and improve discoloration, but it can also be very beneficial for minimizing the appearance of pore size! By upping the collagen your skin is producing, your skin will become firmer and your pores will be in healthier shape, allowing them to function properly and remain at a normal size. You can read all about microneedling here: https://www.cherie.com/campaign/6880221002781982726/At-Home-Microneedling-Is-It-Safe?utm_source=web&utm_campaign=web_share&shareChannel=web&gid=6880221002781982726>ype=long_article_post&utm_medium=long_article_post_detail_share
Vitamin A (retinoids)
Retin-A has been the one product that REALLY reduced the appearance of my pores. I've dealt with acne and oily skin, and Retin-A has helped reduce both dramatically. It’s proven to increase collagen and elastin in the skin, giving you a firmer, more youthful appearance. Doctor prescribed tretinoin is the best option, but a great first step is over-the-counter Differin. Not only will it reduce your pore size, but it will also help with acne, hyperpigmentation & other discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles, and excess oil. EVERYONE could use a healthy dose of vitamin A!
This water-soluble vitamin can strengthen your skin’s barrier, brighten skin tone, tighten skin, and minimize the appearance of large pores. Incorporating a niacinamide-heavy product into your routine may be all you need to tighten your skin and reduce prominent pores. This one from Paula's choice has a great ingredient list and includes a whopping 20% of niacinamide!
PAULA'S CHOICENiacinamide 20% Treatment
BHA’s & AHA’s
Salicylic acid or other beta hydroxy acids are very effective at diving deep within your skin and clearing out any clogs. If your pores are appearing larger because of excess oil, dead skin build-up, or dirt and debris, an AHA/BHA will be very beneficial for you. Salicylic acid in particular is phenomenal at penetrating through oil within the pore, making it a perfect option for reducing the overproduction of oil and, in turn, reducing pore size.
PAULA'S CHOICESkin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
PAULA'S CHOICE25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel
Deep Clean Your Skin
As I mentioned before, clogged pores will appear larger than unclogged pores. Once or twice a week, opt for your deeper exfoliating treatments. Preventing dead skin buildup will prevent your pores from having a chance to clog. Be consistent in your exfoliating routine, because skipping a week of exfoliation can show up in your skin very fast!
Stick to a non-comedogenic routine and be gentle on your skin. Don’t pick or pop, as engaging in these behaviors will likely damage the skin underneath the pimple AND the surrounding skin. This alone can make your pores appear much more prominent. Trust in your acne treatments and stop yourself from popping pimples at home!
If you're dealing with noticeable pores, something you're using may be too heavy for your skin. Try switching to lighter formulations, like gels or lotions instead of creams.
Prevent sun damage
A broad-spectrum SPF is vital in maintaining your natural collagen and elastin. While we naturally lose these things as we age, sunscreen will prevent rapid aging. Keeping your collagen and elastin levels high will prevent your pores from enlarging unnaturally. This is a given, and all of us should be using an SPF daily, regardless of our skin concerns.
Double Your Lash Length With Sky High Mascara!
I bought this mascara after seeing a post about it on Facebook. I love trying out new mascaras but rarely do I find one that I will use regularly like my beloved tarte - Maneater Mascara However this stuff is good. MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara It gave my lashes so much volume & length they literally doubled in size! My lashes are already pretty long to begin with but this made them look amazing. The photo is after applying only one coat so I can only imagine how good they will look after two or three coats! It also didn’t clump up my lashes at all. I applied it really quickly & lazily too because I was in a rush to get ready & I was still amazed! I honestly think this is going to be my new daily mascara. It is waterproof but not the annoying kind that leaves your eyes completely black when you go to take it off. It came off really easily with my POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream which is what I’ve always used to remove my eye makeup, since I was a kid! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
We’ll Miss You!
To our cherie fam who has inspired us deeply over the last year and a half: thank you. We are so grateful to have been a part of your beauty journeys and the community you created with us was nothing short of amazing. It's with sadness that we announce that cherie will be closing our doors on April 8, 2021, and your posts will no longer be available. While our platform will no longer be available, we encourage our community members to continue finding ways to create and allow their authentic voices to be heard.
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