There are a few things that can end up disrupting your skin’s complexion relatively easier. Most of the time we tend to think of whiteheads and blackheads as being responsible for this, but both of this tend to be connected to the apparent size of our pores. Contrary to conventional wisdom, pores do not shrink and grow depending on the amount of care you give them. Your pores are always the same size. They can be more or less constricted, yes, but their size remains the same. Less constricted pores secrete more oils and as a result end up catching more debris that ends up highlighting them compared to other pores. Avoiding this problem is central to a lot of skincare. After all, keeping our pores “small” is why so many of us keep our skin as clean as we do. What if that isn’t working though? There are further steps you can take to try to minimize the apparent size of your pores. Some of them are good for a quick fix while others are suitable to help counter long-term problems. We’ve got a quick overview of some popular options to help you select something that might work for you.
Turning Back the Clock
You can actually end up having apparently enlarged pores for a number of relatively simple reasons. For instance, hormonal shifts associated with age and some conditions can do a lot to cause pores to appear larger. This is particularly true in people 50 and over when estrogen falls off for women and other people with higher estrogen levels. Estrogen helps constrict pores and the loss of it causes the pores to secrete more oils. It is one of the myriad of reasons some people may choose hormone replacement therapy. This treatment isn’t ideal for this problem though and the boost to your skin is a fringe benefit of receiving the treatment for other reasons. However, drier skin also causes the pores to look larger. Good hydration keeps your skin plumped and helps prevent excess oil from being released that might otherwise cause an apparent increase in pore size. This is part of why moisturizing your skin is helpful at every age. There are other options available to you beyond good moisturizing habits though.
A Familiar Name
Retinol is one of those compound names that we get familiar with when we become serious about skincare. It turns up mainly in anti-aging products, but can also be found in products that helps boost the skin’s overall healing potential as well. Retinol itself is a derivative of vitamin A and one of the important skin-supporting vitamins available to skincare enthusiasts. It is particularly good for helping reduce overall pore size as it helps speed up your skin’s natural cell turnover rate. This translates to it helping your skin shed itself faster and thereby minimizing how easy it is for anything to get caught in the outer layers of pores. After all, if the layers of dead skin holding some grime in place around a pore vanish, then they are going to take the grime with them. We would like to stress that the compound is not without its issues. Prolonged use can irritate and dry the skin if you don’t take appropriate steps to counter the problem. The main way to do this is simply to ensure you’re properly moisturizing your skin and as long as you’re doing it you probably won’t have any issues.
Good skincare goes a long way towards managing overall pore size, but nothing that we can do is ever perfect. That’s why we do daily care. You can go a long way towards moving your skincare closer to perfection by arranging for regular, professional care. Complete facials can do wonders for your skin. Most of us have felt how clean and comfortable our skin feels after one. There is little that can compare to it. Regular deep cleaning and nourishing through facials can do wonders towards minimizing pore size. Facials will exfoliate, deep cleanse, moisturize, and do countless other things that all support your skin’s overall health. Getting one regularly will in turn boost your skin’s overall health by giving it professional help to make up for anywhere your own routine might be lacking. The end result should be clearly cleaner skin with your pores having an overall smaller appearance thanks to good health and there seldom being much of anything to get caught in your pores anymore.
Minimizing the overall appearance of your pores is largely a matter of taking good care of your skin. The steps you take every day in your personal skincare routine are doing their part. You can increase your chances by being more thorough or getting professional aid, but you’ll never literally shrink your pores since they are always the same size. We just want them to be less apparent. Make the effort to care for your skin and you should be able to help your skin look and feel smoother all while enjoying an attractive look.