Enlarged pores can create the appearance of an uneven skin texture and may even highlight lines and wrinkles. While this condition is quite common, it can be difficult to get rid of completely. Knowing what leads to enlarged pores and how to best treat the root of the problem are great places to start to improve the overall appearance of your complexion.
What Causes Enlarged Pores?
Enlarged pores are most common in people who tend to have oily skin. When the skin produces too much sebum, or oil, this can combine with dead skin cells, dirt and other debris to clog or block the pores. This blockage can cause inflammation, acne breakouts and permanently enlarged pores. Some research also suggests that decreased elasticity around the pores can contribute to an enlarged appearance (ermatologic Surgery).
Then, if you use makeup in an attempt to mask the appearance of large pores, you may be worsening the problem. Makeup can settle around the pore, further highlighting it instead of covering it up. Additionally, makeup can work similarly to your skin’s sebum to trap dirt and debris inside your pores, thus creating a vicious cycle of inflammation and oily skin.
What Are Blackheads and Whiteheads?
You may notice that enlarged pores often give way to blackheads. These are simply the result of dirt, oil, makeup and pollutants having settled into an enlarged pore, thus causing the pore to appear dark in color.
When a pore doesn’t close up over the blackhead, the dark color remains visible. However, in some cases, the pore may close, causing what’s known as a whitehead, as these blemishes appear to be white in color (American Academy of Dermatology).
How to Minimize The Appearance of Enlarged Pores
It can be tempting to squeeze or pick at blackheads or whiteheads, but this can lead to skin irritation and even further inflammation, which may make matters worse. Instead, follow these five simple tips for getting rid of enlarged pores for good.
- Avoid using skincare products that clog pores. While some skincare products may claim to cleanse or soothe your skin, if they’re not labeled as non-comedogenic, they could be contributing to your clogged, and therefore enlarged, pores.
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- Avoid using harsh skin irritants. You’ll also want to stay away from using any skincare products that contain harsh ingredients that may irritate your skin and lead to excess oil production. Avoiding products that contain fragrances and dyes may help to calm your skin and maintain a healthy balance of natural oils.
- Use glycolic acid. Using skincare products that contain alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can help to improve the appearance of your skin tone and texture by exfoliating and retexturizing the skin. Skinbetter Intensive AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream contains a higher level of glycolic acid than the AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream for an increased retexturizing effect on the skin.
- Utilize antioxidant skincare ingredients. Antioxidants are powerhouse skincare ingredients that can help to protect against collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid degradation without causing skin irritation. Both AlphaRet™ formulas also contain a potent blend of antioxidants that may help to defend against the common signs of aging, revealing a smoother, brighter complexion.
- Wash your face before bed. Even if you’re using a light foundation, which can be gentler on your pores than a thick, heavy formula, it’s important that you wash your makeup off before going to bed each night. Otherwise, that makeup can become trapped in your pores, along with all of the dirt, dust and oil that’s built up throughout the day.
The Bottom Line
Enlarged pores can be an aesthetic concern for many men and women, but they don’t have to be a constant challenge to manage. In most cases, by taking a closer look at your daily skincare routine and making a few small changes, you may begin to notice a significant improvement in the appearance of enlarged pores and your overall skin tone and texture. Knowing which skincare ingredients to avoid and which to use more frequently, can be a great first step to achieving the clear, smooth skin you want.