Big pores or small pores, what matters is that your skin is clean and nourished from the inside out.
Have you ever examined your pores up close and horrified to see how enlarged they are? Don’t worry; there’s actually a way to tighten and make them less visible so that you can have a more flawless complexion.
Everybody’s skin structure is different—some may be born with almost-invisible pores while others might have had skin issues contributing to enlarged pores. In this article, you will learn what causes large pores, including tips on how to improve their appearance.
There’s a Reason Why They Appear Larger
Pores are small openings in the skin that release sebum and sweat. If they appear larger than normal, there could be a couple of reasons:
- You have acne-prone skin.
- You have increased sebum production, making your skin oily and clogged.
- You’re using non-comedogenic makeup.
Your skin loses its elasticity as you grow older, causing it to sag and make your pores appear bigger. Also, your skin thickens as you age, meaning minuscule skin cells gather around your pores, making them more visible.
Sometimes, your genes are to blame. If the other members of your family have naturally large pores, there’s a good chance you have them too, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t reduce their appearance entirely.
Blackheads are the result of clogged pores, specifically the ones clogged with sebum. The trapped oil causes the black spots that you see on the skin’s surface and makes your pores even bigger. They do so by expanding the size of your pores.
The Truth About Pores
There are so many ‘myths’ surrounding pores. One is that they open and close. To give you a quick answer, no, your pores do not open or close. You also can’t change the size of your pores. Lucky for you, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you minimize their appearance.
1. Check Your Current Skincare Products
Make sure you’re only using non-comedogenic products. This means they are water-based and won’t clog your pores. If you’re using comedogenic or oil-based products, you’re probably doing your skin more harm than good.
Active ingredients such as salicylic acid can be good for acne-prone skin, but using too much could dry it out, causing your sebaceous glands to increase sebum production. Try to keep your use of astringents and deep-cleaning facial scrubs to a minimum (like two to three times per week).
2. Cleanse Your Face Twice a Day
If you have large pores because of oily skin, look for a gel-based cleanser. However, if you have normal to dry skin, you can use a cleanser with a creamier formula. Washing your face twice a day (morning and night) should be enough to prevent clogged pores, remove dirt, and reduce oiliness. Anything more than that could cause your skin to dry out and be irritated.
Our best practice when cleansing:
- Use warm water (not hot nor cold).
- Gently massage the cleanser in a circular motion for at least 30 seconds.
- Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
3. Start Using Retinol
Aging also plays a big role in having enlarged pores. By incorporating retinol into your skincare routine, you can make your pores less visible by increasing the skin’s cell turnover. Retinol can give you smoother skin with continued use. For the best results, apply the product at nighttime or before going to bed.
4. Use Chemical Exfoliants Like AHA and BHA
Dermatologists recommend that you exfoliate one to two times per week. It helps get rid of excess flakes (or dead skin cells) that can potentially clog your pores without completely over-stripping your skin.
Look for chemical exfoliants with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). These ingredients maximize exfoliating benefits and can penetrate the skin to treat acne.
5. Wear Sunscreen Every Day
You may think SPF doesn’t have anything to do with enlarged pores, but it’s actually one of the main causes. Sunscreen is an essential beauty product that protects your skin from sun damage. Not only do UV rays increase your risk for cancer and wrinkles but they also dry out your skin, resulting in bigger pores.
6. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Regardless of your skin type, it is crucial to use a moisturizer to balance your skin’s hydration. One of the most common misconceptions about moisturizing is that those with oily skin should avoid it when in fact, it helps your natural sebum to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Having well-hydrated skin results in a smoother, younger-looking complexion. Make sure to choose a non-comedogenic, lightweight, and water-based moisturizer.
7. Remove Your Makeup Before Going to Bed
We hate to sound like a broken record, but it just had to be done—always remove your makeup before sleeping. In fact, make it a habit to remove your makeup as soon as you get home. This way, the makeup won’t stay longer on your skin, clog your pores, and cause your skin to break out.
Upgrade Your Skincare Arsenal
Now that you have a handful of tips on how to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, here is how you can make some good changes to your skincare repertoire. We rounded up the best products that will give you flawless skin.
MIRACLE | LUXURY FACE CREAM
Innovative Beauty’s MIRACLE | LUXURY FACE CREAM has a lightweight formula that’s packed with nourishing ingredients. It contains ultra-filler microcells, hyaluronic acid phytosomes, and ample vegetable sugars that strengthen the skin’s barrier, giving you a smoother complexion.
It also gives an anti-pollution effect and prevents your pores from being clogged with dirt and other particles.
B-SELFIE EYES | ULTRA FILLER EFFECT SERUM
Formulated with ultra-filler microcells derived from the Konjac plant, the B-SELFIE EYES | ULTRA FILLER EFFECT SERUM is a multi-action treatment that fills wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes. The serum also works to help your pores appear finer and less visible.
B-SELFIE LIPS | ULTRA FILLER EFFECT SERUM
The B-SELFIE LIPS | ULTRA FILLER EFFECT SERUM is formulated for all skin types and works to plump your lips by acting intensely on the anti-aging mechanisms that cause lip lines and wrinkles.
This serum contains hyaluronic acid, ingredients derived from the konjac plant, bio-polymer, and ultra-filler microcells for an all-in-one treatment.
To complement these serums, you may want to add a hydrating mask into your skincare regimen.
THREE | SENSATIONAL TREATMENT
Our THREE | SENSATIONAL TREATMENT is a three-step face mask that is specially formulated to give you naturally glowing and plump skin. It works to rebuild damaged cells, exfoliate, moisturize, and reverse visible signs of aging.
This unique mask contains hyaluronic acid and thickening properties to give the skin more resistance while retaining its elasticity. Additionally, EGF proteins promote cell regeneration, healing your skin in the process. We recommend using this at nighttime or before going to bed so that your skin repairs as you sleep.
If microneedling is your thing, there’s also an at-home treatment for you.
B-SELFIE DEEP | MICRONEEDLES ANTI-AGE SERUM
The B-SELFIE DEEP | MICRONEEDLES ANTI-AGE SERUM is a pre-filled syringe with 0.5mm microneedles that painlessly inject ingredients into the skin. It has both intraepidermal and topical applications, allowing you to choose which one works best for you.
Our serum helps to regenerate the skin, improve elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of large pores, this microneedle serum is your best shot.
Treating your enlarged pores is skin-deep. For a more extensive skincare regimen, accompany your topical skincare products with our Skin Shot Ageless Drink.
SKIN SHOT - AGELESS DRINK
Nothing gives you healthy, flawless skin like nourishing it from within. The SKIN SHOT - AGELESS DRINK features an exclusive formulation that, thanks to an international patent, combines hydrolyzed collagen peptides with hyaluronic acid and other highly effective antioxidants.
It contains the following ingredients:
- Verisol: Composed of bioavailable, hydrolyzed collagen, which is very effective for the health of the skin
- Hyaluronic Acid: It restores the correct balance of the epidermis and hydrates parched skin from within.
- Ceramides: They make the skin more elastic and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
- Resveratrol: A potent antioxidant that provides an effective anti-aging action
- Vitamin C: Helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and is essential in the creation of collagen and prevention of capillary lesions.
- Vitamin E: It improves skin hydration and keeps its elasticity; also counteracts the effects of free radicals during exposure to ultraviolet rays.
- Copper: Protects the skin from harsh pollutants and contributes to the maintenance of connective tissues and normal pigmentation of the skin.
- Zinc: It helps in treating acne.
- Biotin: A powerful ingredient that keeps the skin, hair, and nails healthy.
The combined action of this drink’s active ingredients counteracts the formation of saggy skin and large pores caused by aging, sun damage, and pollution, stimulating the metabolism of the epidermis. The improvement of the tissue structure also contributes to the reduction of cellulite. Indeed, this ‘drinkable collagen’ is revolutionary in the world of skincare.
Consult Your Dermatologist to Explore Other Treatments
If none of our tips helped in eliminating large pores, some skincare clinics offer more advanced options. These include laser treatments, chemical peels, and microneedling.
Laser treatments aid in heating up collagen to promote collagen regeneration. Chemical peels help in removing the damaged layer of the skin, revealing smoother skin and improved skin texture. Microneedling is your best option if you’re looking to target your pores specifically.
Embrace Your Pores No Matter the Size
While you’re in the process of treating your pores and reducing their appearance, it’s important that you learn to love your skin in all its changing forms. You need to understand what’s causing your pores to be enlarged or clogged and find a solution that best fits your needs. With a few lifestyle changes and new skincare products, you’ll be on your way to better skin in no time.