In a society where “supersize” is king, there is one instance where smaller rules -- pore size. Pores are little openings in the skin that release sweat and oil. Small pores are associated with youth and beauty, but we aren’t all blessed with naturally tiny ones. In fact, “Those with oily skin tend to have more visible pores due to increased sebum production. Excess oil may be accompanied by acne, and the inflammation associated with breakouts can make pores look larger as well, “ says Dr. Steven Swengel, Board Certified Dermatologist from Los Gatos, California. Regardless of your skin type, the natural aging process and the accumulation of sun damage over time puts you at risk for developing enlarged pores. When this happens, there are consequences.
1. The more visible your pores, the older your skin looks.
2. Makeup doesn’t blend as seamlessly on your face.
The good news is that you actually have the power to minimize the appearance of your pores. This doesn’t require invasive procedures or impossible skincare routines. You just need to arm yourself with the best skincare products for large pores and implement a simple trick. First, choose a gentle cleanser that dissolves oil, makeup and dirt. The minute your pores are unclogged, they will look like they were on a diet. Next, take 2 minutes to treat yourself to an exfoliating mask. This will suck out the gunk and blackheads from your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. The DefenAge 2-Minute Reveal Masque will get the job done without causing irritation because it uses a combination of enzymes and sugar crystals that dissolve as you massage it into the skin. Plus, you’ll notice that your skin feels smoother and looks brighter after each use.
Aside from your skincare, there is one other important variable that many people don’t realize can have a big impact on your skin– your pillowcase. It’s common to wash your pillowcase once a week. But if you’re prone to breakouts, try washing your pillowcase multiple times a week. This will help prevent bacteria from transferring from your pillow into your pores. Even better, switch out your cotton pillowcase for a mulberry silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcases have lots of beauty benefits. The lack of friction in the material can decrease wrinkles and because silk doesn’t absorb as much moisture as cotton, it can help prevent acne. Plus, silk’s smooth texture makes it easy for hair to glide over it so you’ll notice fewer tangles and frizz in your hair. Put these tips into action, and you will see that tighter pores reign.
Nicole Pearl Kaplan is a seasoned beauty editor who has worked at or written for countless magazines including Marie Claire, Health, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Allure, Self, and more. She’ll go to extremes like dying her virgin brunette locks platinum blonde to get the story and lives by the mantra “Beauty Shouldn’t Be a Bitch.” Nicole regularly appears on TV as a beauty, fashion and lifestyle expert for regional and national shows such as TODAY, Access, FOX, ABC, and WGN. She is the founder of the popular blog TheBeautyGirl.com and has been a guest speaker for major fashion and beauty brands. Follow her on instagram for insight into the beauty biz @nicolepearlbeautygirl