How To Minimize Pore Size
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.
🤦🏻♀️Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth🙅🏻♀️
You have got great skin. But the one thing that stops you from stepping out naturally without any makeup is the dark skin around your mouth. Is this true? You have tried everything from DIYs to skin lightening creams. But the pigmentation around your mouth has remained your stubborn friend, right Why Is The Skin Around My Mouth Dark? 1. Hyperpigmentation 2. Weather Conditions Sun exposure and darkening of the skin. In very cold weather, if you lick your lips and the area around it too often, it can discolour the skin and make it look darker How Do You Get Rid Of Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth? 1. Exfoliate If you exfoliate the area around your mouth regularly with a gentle exfoliator, it can remove dead cells and help to lighten the skin. Opt for a chemical exfoliant as it will not scrape the skin which in turn may worsen the condition. 2. OTC Skin-Brightening Creams Skin brightening creams can be effective in reducing the dark area around the mouth. Look for ingredients such as glabridin (a licorice extract), kojic acid, vitamin C, grape seed extract, azelaic acid , arbutin, curcumin or niacinamide, These block the production of tyrosinase which is needed by the skin to make melanin. 3. Acid Peels Your dermatologist may use a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel to treat the dark skin around your mouth. However, these peels do not offer a permanent solution and the pigmentation can return. These peels penetrate deep into the skin to repair the damaged cells. Post treatment precautions like staying out of the sun, applying sunscreen and protecting the skin can make the effect of the peels last longer 6. Natural Remedies You can also use natural remedies to treat the dark skin around your mouth. Most of these natural ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Unless you have an allergy to any of these, you can try using them to get rid of the pigmented skin. ￼Exfoliate with Papaya Papaya has fruit acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids, which is a chemical exfoliantAHAs are used for dry skin and to anti-age, and works to improve skin by removing the top layers of the skin through weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells. ￼Soothe Skin and Reduce Spots with Almond Oil The presence of Vitamin E and niacin help with hyperpigmentation and improving skin tone,” she says. Because sweet almond oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) you can add it to your nightly routine as a makeup remover or moisturizer to help protect the skin barrier. ￼Reverse Photo Damage with Tomatoes Tomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which has multiple health benefits, including sun protection ￼Brighten with Yogurt breaks down dead skin cells thanks to lactic acid, which is found naturally in dairy products. Using a yogurt with cow’s milk could be effective in calming the skin, since it has lactic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA, which improves discoloration and age spots
A Year in review!
This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know! All the way from using witch hazel and not paying attention to my curl pattern, to staying completely fragrance free with face products and staying away from harsh toners and paying attention to what my hair was trying to do! Using this app has really opened doors for me that I wouldn’t thought possible for my beauty process! I can’t wait to see what more years bring me, and us! Thank you @cherie!
🧡Creator Roundup 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review
Check out these creators’ profiles to see their beauty journeys in 2020! Creator: @Ren14 “What Stayed🍾Cooluli - Classic 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge Cooluli Skincare Fridge: I adore my little fridge! It feels so good to have chilled serums, especially in the morning! I love it so much that I’m thinking I’m going to get a bigger one so I can add more products in! Truly a must have for a skincare lover! Also, the fridge can warm up products too!” Creator:@LindseyRR “2020 is the year I think we all will remember forever. Everything in our lives changed and things have been incredibly difficult. The entire world had a health crisis, so many of our loved ones are no longer here. I myself am taking a journey with a health crisis of my own but as hard as 2020 has been, it has also been INCREDIBLE.” Creator: @briordan2000 “This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know!“
Is this sunscreen worth the hype?
There is 𝗻𝗼 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻 without 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻. And, the 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 is the one that you will wear religiously. Is 𝗜𝗦𝗗𝗜𝗡 𝗘𝗿𝘆𝗳𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗮 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗨𝗹𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 tinted mineral sunscreen worth the hype? #Isdin - ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless Ultralight tinted mineral sunscreen[products]#[FourStars] Pros ☀️ 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 sunscreen aka physical blocker, thus broad spectrum ☀️ Contains 𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗱𝗲𝘀, though unclear of percent. May provide protection against blue light. ☀️ One of the few tinted moisturizers that blends in well in skin of color. The tint is so homogenous and nice that you can away with not applying foundation after. ☀️ Contains 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗹𝘆𝗮𝘀𝗲, an enzyme, that help repair damage caused by the sun. Not too thick or too thin, apply easily on the skin. ☀️ contains 𝗩𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻 𝗘, an antioxidant as well as moisturizing Cons 🥴 𝗢𝗶𝗹𝘆, would not recommend for oily skin 😱 $$$ 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲, it is definitely a splurge when there are comparable more frugal options out there.
Sensitive Skin Game changer ❄️
What is the product? Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray How does it work? Thermal Water works by soothing the skin and calming any irritation What are the notable ingredients? Mineral Spring Water What is the price? $18.50CAD Where can you purchase? Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Pharmacy and online How long have I been using it for? I’ve been using thermal water for over two years, I started off using this product on my body and now still use it on my face What is my experience ? My experience with thermal water has been good, I suffer from eczema on both my body and face. It was hard finding products that wouldn’t irritate or cause a flare up. When that happened this product saved my skin and soothed it. At first I was not exactly sure how water would help my skin, but after doing research thermal waters are meant to have healing properties for the body and skin. What are my thoughts? This product is nothing short of amazing, you are able to use it for multiple areas and it lasts so long. The mist is super fine which makes it perfect for spraying on large or small spots, and pressing into the skin similar to how you apply a toner. Would I recommend to a friend? I would absolutely recommend this product to a friend or family or even someone looking to help soothe their skin but who doesn’t want to break the bank!! My overall rating? 5/5 Would I repurchase? I have and will continue to repurchase this product until I find something that exceeds how amazing this is! #CheriePartner
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