Are enlarged pores spoiling the texture of your face?
There are a number of reasons why pores on the face can become enlarged – some of these you can control and some you can’t. Understanding the causes is the first step in learning what you can do to improve the texture of your skin by reducing the look of enlarged pores.
The surface of the skin is moisturized by oil that comes through the pores. While pores are almost invisible in young skin, genetics, gender, age, skin care habits, and environmental factors can cause pores to become enlarged. Addressing these causes can help prevent or lessen the impact of enlarged pores.
Genetics. A predisposition to develop enlarged pores can be an inherited trait. If a person is genetically predisposed to have large pores, they are statistically more likely to face the problem of enlarged pores, unless they take steps to help alleviate some of the factors they can control.
Gender. Men tend to have a larger volume of oil secreted from the pores. The pores tend to enlarge to accommodate oil that is released to the surface of the skin, and become further enlarged by dirt and contaminants.
Age. As people age, collagen begins to break down, and skin begins to lose elasticity. This causes pores to dilate because the skin tissue has become more relaxed with age.
Proper skin care. Pores will become enlarged when they are clogged with dirt, oil and bacteria and the natural secretions accumulate behind the obstructions. Makeup and pollutants from the environment can build up and clog the pores when skin is not properly cleansed daily. Don’t forget to wash your hands often. Germs and bacteria from your hands can be transferred to your face with every touch. It’s also a good idea to use a sanitizing wipe on your cell phone regularly. Everything your phone touches throughout the day can come in close contact with your face.
Environmental and behavioral factors. Besides the effects of dirt and pollutants found in the environment, other factors such as over-exposure to the sun can also cause enlarged pores on your face. Too much tobacco and alcohol also have a detrimental effect on your face, causing blotchy skin and enlarged pores.
Diet. Because dehydration is a common cause of enlarged pores, drinking the recommended amount of water every day (8 – 8 oz glasses), is also a great way to help prevent the development of enlarged pores. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean meats, poultry and fish, and whole grains, also can go a long way toward nourishing your skin from the inside out.
Two simple tips to reduce the look of enlarged pores
Tip 1: Steam your face to help cleanse the surface and unclog facial pores. Fill a basin with warm (not scalding hot) water. Hold your face over the basin for 1 to 3 minutes. To maximize the steaming effect, drape a towel over your head and cover the basin.
Tip 2: Use a wash of lemon and pineapple juice as a natural astringent. Soak a washcloth in a combination of lemon and pineapple juice to tighten, brighten and firm the face. Place the washcloth firmly on your face for one minute. Then rinse your skin with water.
When simple changes in skin care techniques, attention to environmental and behavioral factors and diet have not worked, talk to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon about non-surgical procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments that can be used to improve the skin’s texture and lessen the look of enlarged pores.