The pores are openings in the skin that have the function of facilitating perspiration so that the body can calm temperatures with sweat, eliminate toxins through perspiration and hydrate itself, among other functions…
Having pores on your skin and face is not a bad thing! Especially after knowing the meaning and why your body creates them isn’t it?
But let’s learn more pores and how to get rid of them or at least reduce their appearance.
Sometimes you might observe that the pores on your face are more dilated than normal, this can lead to the appearance of blackheads, acne and the feeling of damaged skin. The “T zone“, which is made up of the forehead, nose and chin, is the most affected area. The skin tends to accumulate more dirt and mixes with the oil of the skin.
The biggest problem is the difficulty in closing the pores or reducing their sizes…
What are the main causes of having pores?
- Your genes: If your parents have large pores or suffered from acne, you will be more prone to this problem.
- Your skincare: The way you take care of your skin is important. Every day our skins face pollution, high temperatures, the oil that our body produce and causes impurities to accumulate, obstructing the perspiration of the skin, causing the pores to open and cannot be closed again. As well as continuous exposure to the sun without protection, the skin loses elasticity and collagen, causing the pores to enlarge. That is why most women need to keep in mind and make sure to keep their skins clean, hydrated and protected the whole day.
- Your lifestyle: The lifestyle you lead also influences your complexion. You need to maintain a healthy diet composed of fruits, vegetables and a lot of water, which provide antioxidants and minerals. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and teas, avoiding sugary and caffeine-laden drinks. It is important to get enough sleep so that the cells are produced and recovered while maintaining your healthy skin.
How can I get rid of my pores or at least reduce them?
Well, this might not be an easy task for many people! Some women just have very small pores that can hardly be noticed, which with just a bit of cleaning they can disappear. However, for many other women, the problem is way bigger and annoying.
- Facial hygiene: You must have a daily routine by washing your face deeply with cold water and cleansing gel twice a day (especially if you wear makeup).
- Cleaning gel: Replace your traditional soap when washing your face with a gel to remove dirt, oil and makeup without drying the skin or clogging the pores. If you have oily skin, then make sure you use a gel for oily skin.
- Exfoliate: Exfoliating the skin keeps the pores clean and free of impurities, prevents dead cells and dirt from clogging the pores and causing acne or blackheads.
- Steam bath: The steam bath helps to open the pores for a while, which will allow you to remove dead skin cells and oil before they return to normal size.
- Apply a mask: Every ten days or once a week apply a mask. It can be after the steam bath since the pores are open and you will have better results. The most recommended are clay masks because they eliminate acne and absorb excess oil.
- Use a toner: The use of toner should never be skipped because the toner will help you reduce the size of your pores.
- Use a primer: If you never used a primer before applying your makeup then you were doing it all wrong. The use of primers is very important because it stops the makeup and the dirt from getting into your pores and avoiding your skin from getting new open pores.
- Consume vitamin C: Vitamin C is a perfect antioxidant that prevents harmful effects on the skin and firms it.
- Makeup: Alway use good quality makeup, and remember that in the summer season the less makeup the better, the cosmetics should be soft and for your skin type and make sure you always remove your makeup before going to sleep.
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.