As we scrutinize our skins looking for improvement (hello, 10x mirror), a common complaint is large pores. Here’s what is important to know about those pores:
- A pore is the opening of a hair follicle in the skin. The hair follicle allows the oil generated by the sebaceous glands (oil glands) to reach the surface and lubricate the skin. The skin’s natural oil, called sebum, helps keep the skin supple, moisturized, and healthy.
- In areas of more active sebum production, the pores tend to be larger. This allows for more sebum the be released. If pores become clogged, this can also cause them to look larger.
- Larger pores can also be a sign of dehydration.
So that’s good to know, but how do I keep my pores clear and look smaller?
- The best way to keep pores clear is with a healthy skincare regimen. Be sure that includes a good exfoliant like glycolic or salicylic acid. These can break up clogging in the pores and keep them clear. Recommendation: Serious Reveal Exfoliator
- A slowing of cellular turnover can lead to dehydrated skin, causing pores to look larger. Choose a product that contains retinol and exfoliants to restore a healthier cell turnover. Recommendation: Intensive Retinol Spray
- Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Consider all the products in your regimen to repair and protect your skin. [See Pilot Study for images of improvement in pore size]