No one wants large pores. Large pores can be genetic and tend to be associated with oily skin. Unfortunately as one gets older, his or her pores can become even larger as the skin becomes less elastic and damage done from the sun and other environmental factors can make the pores more apparent. Though large pores are more common among adults, teenagers can also have enlarged pores if they have a lot of blackheads, which are pores that are clogged with dirt and bacteria.
Though there is no “cure” for eliminating large pores altogether, there are steps you can take to minimize the appearance of large pores.
1. It is important to cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser.
2. Follow with an oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin and this step will also help with controlling the oils that come to the surface. If you don’t hydrate your skin morning and night with an oil-free moisturizer, you will become more oily throughout the day because your skin is trying to hydrate the dry areas, hence making your pores larger. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
3. Exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times a weeks with a gentle exfoliating scrub or microdermabrasion treatment after using a face cleanser. Removing cellular build-up from your skin will help to remove blackheads and old skin, allowing renewed fresh skin to take its place.
4. If you wear makeup, prime your skin with an oil-free, skin-priming foundation before applying your foundation. Doing so will minimize the size of large pores without clogging your pore, it will also minimize any fine lines and wrinkles you may have, and using a primer will also even out your skin tone. A huge bonus is that the makeup won’t settle in your pores because the primer acts as an invisible wall between your skin and the makeup!) Your makeup will also last longer when using a primer.
5. After applying your foundation, dust a translucent oil-free loose powder all over your face with a kabuki brush. The powder will lock the makeup into place and will minimize the size of your pores as well. One of our favorites is Tarte Cosmetic’s Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder with PM20. This PM20 is a pore-minimizing compound that is clinically proven to minimize the appearance of your pores by 20% after four weeks! The clay will not make your skin look dry either! It is proven to hydrate your skin!
1. Exfoliate Using a Sugar Scrub – Mix a couple tablespoons of organic cane sugar and water and gently massage onto your clean face. Rinse off with warm water. This sugar scrub will remove dead skin cells that are trapping oil and acne-causing bacteria in your pores making your skin more oily. This will also reduce the appearance of large pores.
2. Tomato and Lime Juice – Mix one tablespoon of fresh organic tomato juice with 4 drops of fresh organic lime juice and apply to your clean skin with a cotton ball. Leave the solution on for 15 minutes then rinse off with cool clean water. These two juices act as an astringent for your skin, reducing oil and minimizing the appearance of large pores.
3. Salt and Buttermilk Scrub – Combine a bit of finely ground salt and buttermilk until you have a good consistency of paste. Apply the paste to your freshly cleansed face and massage it on your skin gently with your fingertips for 2 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. Safe to use more than once a week.
Utilizing homemade facial scrubs can work wonders for reducing oil and minimizing your pores. Your skin will react better to using natural ingredients as long as you are not allergic to anything listed above. Some people may say these steps will lead to perfection but we think they will lead to pore-fection…