Clogged pores you say? Well, wouldn’t I agree more. Us, women, especially can suffice that pores have been the bane of our existence. However, when you think there’s no way to grow out of big pores, what you can do is make sure they’re clean and free of the debris that makes them more visible. Here are some questions answered and tips on why our pores aren’t always clear and how to clean out your pores the best way.
How Age Affects Your Pores
So, I guess it’s no surprise when you heard that aging also causes pores to look bigger because the skin will lose it’s strenght, therefore start to stretch which enables your pores to as well. ‘Collagen and elastin fibers and GAGs-glycosaminoglycans, which are basically the packing material in our skin-become depleted. This diminishes the strength of skin and the support around the follicles,’ says esthetician and skincare educator Annet King. Basically, the skin around your pores starts to sag, which in turn makes your pores to appear more obvious. And if you do not regularly exfoliate your face, a nasty combination of dead skin cells, sebum, and dirt build-up will remain in those pores, stretching out to fit, clogging them and eventually causing blackheads and breakouts.
Why Your Pores Aren’t Clear
As tempting as it is to pop a pimple on your own, that is the worst way to deal with a breakout or blackhead. ‘Trying to extract them at home can lead to hyperpigmentation, permanent scarring, and additional breakouts,’ warns King. Also, think twice about getting facial scrubs because although they seem like the best way to subsequently buff grime out of pores, they will do more harm to your skin than good. Neal Schultz, M.D., NYC dermatologist and founder of skincare line BeautyRx says, ‘Mechanical exfoliation—like ‘crushed’ shells—can be sharp and may irritate the skin.’ Prefer a physical exfoliator over a chemical solution? Look for ones with fine, round granules that will gently clean and soothe your skin without the irritation.
The Best Method To Clean Pores
First off, your skincare routine should be the most important step to tackle right. One method of cleaning out your pores is double cleansing, as recommended by King. The first time cleansing can clear makeup and any other debris on the surface of the skin, while the second time can penetrate better for a deeper, more thorough clean. Then, exfoliate. King says, ‘You can refine the appearance of pores through exfoliation, along with ingredients that slow sebum secretions and draw out impurities.’ Look for ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, charcoal, and kaolin (white clay). Another method may be the use of pore strips. But since they’re not much of a long-term solution, it’s not recommended for everyday use. ‘They’re fine, but they’re temporary. Pores get reclogged and reenlarged,’ says Schultz. ‘You can’t do that on a daily basis.’ And lastly, considering to visit a dermatologist that will administer more intensive treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or even LED light therapy (which targets oil glands), can be an option if clogged pores are causing distress. If not, try taking them on with pore-cleaning products first.
Recommended Pore-Cleaning Skincare Products
Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips – Sephora $19.00.
A set of oil-absorbing strips infused with pore-refining actives that prevent blackheads and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. Peace Out Pores’ patent-pending design unclogs pores by absorbing all of the oil trapped inside, then visibly shrinks enlarged pores with powerful but non-drying active ingredients, depositing a small dose of vitamin A to help smooth the appearance of your skin.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – Ulta $59.00.
This exfoliator sloughs away dead cells and grime with rice granules that gently microfoliate skin surface to facilitate penetration of the Skin Brightening Complex. It helps dissolve excess surface cells and helps even skin tone, plus it’s so gentle that you can use it every day.
Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Hawaiian Sea Water & White Clay Face Mask – Sephora $54.00.
This mask will thoroughly cleanse pores, remove impurities, pollutants, and excess oil without stripping the skin. Highlighted ingredients that make this clay mask super unique and effective are the Hawaiian Sea Water and Amazonian White Clay that help extract toxins and impurities and the Sea Salt and Sea Water which helps remove pore-clogging debris and excess oil from the skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting & Refining Serum – Dermstore $65.00.
Cleaning pore takes daily maintenance. So choose a serum packed with active ingredients like salicylic acid to help keep your skin clear and glowing on the regular. This lightweight serum unclogs pores, regulates oiliness and thwarts future blackheads from forming. Alpha beta acids dissolve dead skin cells helping minimize the appearance of pores.