Pores are small openings in the skin that protect the skin from the environment by bringing necessary oils to the surface. As you get older, they get larger. Fortunately, there are some easy practices you can incorporate into your skin care routines to help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. And all of these strategies have other skin care benefits.

  • Give your skin a deep cleaning

Are you wondering why you see widened pores? The most common reason is because you get debris, bacteria, dead skin cells, oils and other unwanted elements trapped in them. Then you add makeup and other products throughout the day. Making sure the skin is thoroughly cleansed will help shrink pores.

  • Exfoliate

It sounds simple enough, but it’s definitely something you don’t want to skip. Be careful with exfoliation. First, you need to define your skin type. For people with dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin it’s better to use a mild exfoliator. Strong exfoliation can be too irritating.

  • Wear sunscreen lotion

We all know to wear sunscreen lotion daily by now. It has benefits that go beyond UV light protection. No matter what complexion you have, you need to protect your skin because the sun destroys collagen. If you’re out all day, remember to reapply. For acne-prone and oily skin, use an oil-free sunscreen lotion. It’s better to avoid waterproof sunscreen lotion because your skin won’t be able to breathe and your pores will be clogged even more. For dry skin, you should use a sunscreen lotion with a lightweight moisturizer, not an oily one.

  • Moisturize daily

The idea of moisturizing oily skin might sound counterintuitive. Nevertheless, an oil-free moisturizer can help reduce pore enlargement. You should first wash and pat the skin dry. Then lightly apply a moisturizer to help hydrate and soften the skin. This allows the oil from the sebaceous glands to penetrate more deeply into the skin, rather than staying in the pores on the surface. Like this, moisturizing prevents pores from becoming clogged with oil. This reduces their appearance.

  • Use natural cleansing products

You might like to experiment with cleansing products but sometimes you forget to check their pH balance. Actually, using cleansing products that are adapted to the natural pH of the skin’s protective barrier is a crucial thing. Your skincare products must adapt to your skin. When we’re talking pH, it usually lies between 4.7 and 5.75. In addition to wide pores, a wrong cleanser leads to skin diseases like dermatitis.

  • Avoid using day cream on an oily nose

It’s advised not to apply a cream on your nose if it’s oily or if you have blackheads. This can lead to even wider pores. When using sunscreen lotion on your face, you should choose one that is oil-free.

  • Wash your face twice a day with lukewarm water

Usually, clogged pores and an oily complexion makes pores look larger. Wash your face in the morning and before bed to unclog pores. But remember that the water shouldn’t be very hot because it can irritate your skin even more. And when the skin is irritated, it makes your pores look bigger.

  • Carry oil-blotting papers with you during the day

Enlarged pores are more common in oily skin. So it’s better to carry special oil-blotting papers with you. This can also work for those with combination skin when your cheeks are dry, but your nose is oily, for instance. Get rid of extra oil from your skin by wiping it off using oil-blotting papers. But don’t scrub your skin with these papers.

  • Avoid liquid-rich cosmetics for oily and combination skin

Cosmetics that are liquid like foundation, can make the enlarged pores even worse. You need to know your skin type. Do you have dry cheeks? This doesn’t mean that you need extra moisturizing lotion on your whole face. It is suggested to use a light moisturizer for those who have large pores.

  • Limit your dairy products

Some growth hormones can be found in cow’s milk and consuming it leads to enlarged pores. You can consult with your doctor about what kind of milk is right for you.

When should you see a doctor?

Spreading soreness is one of the signs of an infection. If this happens, seek immediate medical attention. If your acne breakouts are severe or don’t get better, you might need prescription medications. Visit your nearest skin clinic and check with your skin doctor for an evaluation. He or she will be able to help you determine the best course of action for your skin type. This individualization is the main advantage of homeopathy treatment.

Homeopathy is a safe choice to treat skin diseases as it is side-effect-free. It treats the root cause of the skin problem. It offers permanent relief for skin diseases. So, what are you waiting for? Visit your nearest skin clinic right away!

This infographic was created by SeSpring, a cruelty-free Korean moisture mask

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