Pores are essential for maintaining healthy skin as by providing oil, they help to keep the skin soft and hydrated. However, one does not want to be reminded of them, every time one looks in the mirror. When pores become dilated, infected, or clogged with oil, they appear larger than they are in reality, and that is how large pores are caused. Though it is not possible to permanently shrink large pores, there are many ways one can make them less noticeable.
Causes Of Large Pores
Two factors contribute to the formation of large pores i.e. genetics and age. As well, people with naturally thick and oily skin tend to have larger pores than others. Age, sun damage and decreased skin elasticity are also responsible for causing skin pores to dilate. As skin thickens, tiny cells collect around the edge of the pores making them look larger and more prominent. Blackheads the result of pores clogged with dirt, bacteria and oil within the pore, also contribute to large pores by causing the pore’s diameter to expand.
Shrinking Large Pores
One cannot permanently shrink pores, but home remedies and certain skin care tips help in minimising them. For example, a good skin cleansing routine should help remove excess oil, and bacteria, thus significantly reducing their prominence. Use low-strength topical medication or face washes that contain retinol or vitamin C, as these antioxidants increase collagen and elastin production, while loosening dirt and oil from the pores.
Exfoliation also helps to minimise the appearance of large pores. One can use a homemade facial scrub or visit a spa or dermatologist for micro-derma-brasion treatment. A special type of facial, micro-derma-brasion gently scrubs off surface dead skin layers, only to reveal softer, healthier skin beneath.
Makeup Tips To Reduce The Appearance Of Large Pores
One can minimize even the most prominent of facial flaws with the help of cosmetic. Similarly, one can reduce the appearance of large pores with a pre-foundation skin primer, to even out skin tone and keep foundation from soaking into the pores. Cream or cream-to-foundation should be applied after the primer dries, as it is more likely to conceal large pores than liquid foundation. Finally, dust loose translucent powder all over the face. You will find large pores are less visible, and skin tone appears more even.
Natural Home Remedies
Get rid of large pores by applying Almond meal paste on them for 20-minutes. Rinse off with warm water and apply astringent e.g. witch hazel or a solution of apple cider vinegar and water. Table salt and buttermilk paste applied to enlarged pores, massaged and rinsed off with warm water, works well to minimise pores.
Cucumber juice, one cup of rose water mixed with a tablespoon of tincture of benzoin should be refrigerated and applied daily after cleansing the face to reduce the appearance of large pores. Two tablespoons of dry oatmeal made into a paste with 1/4 cup buttermilk should be covered and allowed to stand overnight. Next morning, strain the liquid and smooth over your face. Leave on for 20-minutes, rinse off with cold water, finally rub an ice cube over the pores and blot dry.
Nothing works better than tomato juice to reduce the size of large pores. So, apply daily and leave on for 20 minutes, or you can add calamine or sandalwood powder to tomato juice to reduce pores and tone the skin. Mashed papaya applied on the skin helps to tone the skin and tighter the pores. Honey also helps tighten the skin and reduce its oiliness. Apply it as part of a facial mask or apply directly to skin with a little lemon juice and sugar added to it.
Massage on face and leave on for a few minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Honey added to milk powder works well to, as do bran and grapefruit to tighten large pores. A paste of salt and butter is also helpful in reducing large pores, while an ice cube rubbed over the face will temporarily reduce the size of the pores. These beauty tips should help prevent blackheads from forming and reduce the appearance of large pores, so that you can flaunt your flawlessly smooth skin!