Nothing ruins the start to my day like staring in the mirror and seeing a million little craters on my face staring back at me. Those little black dots drive me crazy. Even if the rest of my skin seems clear, my pores can’t seem to stop growing larger and larger and ruining the appearance of my skin. Learning how to minimize your pores is an art, and one that I’ve been working to perfect.
Skin care experts claim that it is physically impossible to shrink your pores, but you can minimize pores to make them appear smaller. You basically have to dress them up to look nice, even if deep down they’re really not that nice at all. The two main causes of enlarged pores are genetics and oil. Genetics you can’t control, but the oil part is fairly manageable once you get the hang of it.
Firstly, you should make sure your daily routine is working for your specific skin type. If you have oily skin, you should be using products specifically to control oil. Don’t bother using products for dry or sensitive skin if you don’t have dry or sensitive skin. Everyone is different, and your skin care routine should reflect that. For my oily skin, I like to wash my face at night with a gentle foaming face wash. If your skin tends to breakout as well, use a cleanser with salicylic acid to treat your acne. During the winter when my skin is a little rougher, I switch out my cleanser two nights a week for an exfoliating scrub. In the mornings, I opt for a cleansing pad to remove dirt and oil. Washing your face too often can cause the skin to dry out, so only using a face wash at night helps to prevent dryness. Make sure to apply a gel moisturizer twice a day as it does not contain any oil and helps keep the skin soft and nourished.
Another way I like to keep my pores clean is wearing less make-up. I know, the idea of not wearing makeup is terrifying, but sometimes too much makeup is the cause of clogged pores. Instead of layering on the concealer, foundation and bronzer, I sometimes opt for just a tinted moisturizer with an SPF. This smooths over any imperfections, including large pores, and helps achieve a poreless appearance. UV damage also enlarges pores overtime, so using some type of SPF everyday can help protect your skin.
If I’m feeling that a tinted moisturizer is not enough, I add an extra dab of a pore minimizing gel over my nose. These are also called “instant perfecters” by some brands, but they all work to cover up pores. If I have to wear more make-up for some reason, I only use powder products since they work to reduce shine, absorb oil and achieve a more matte look. Every once in awhile, treat yourself to a facial, and your pores will eventually learn to control themselves. You will have to guide them along the way, but remember that pores are tricky. The more you pay attention to them, the nicer they will be. Treat them right, and they will appreciate it.