Pores are tiny openings of hair follicles on your skin that look like dots and contain glands from where sebum or sweat come out to the surface of the skin.
In normal types of skin with an even tone, the pores cannot be seen easily. Unfortunately, very oily types of skin have large pores that is not always easy to reduce.
Nevertheless, there are ways to reduce large skin pores and in this article together with the reasons for large skin pores, we will also talk about some good ways to reduce or shrink large pore size naturally including some general tips as well as specialized products for large pores that have been proven to be effective.
Why Do you have Enlarged Pores?
Genetical factors is the main reason for the initial size our pores have.
Over exposure to the harmful sun radiation causes structural DNA changes in the cells which makes them disfuction and produce bad quality collagen and elastin. This results in the skin losing its elasticity, the pore walls loosening and therefore the pores becoming particularly visible.
As the time passes, the production of collagen and elastin reduces, and gaps are created beneath the skin´s surface which make the walls of the pores loosen, resulting in the pores gradually getting visibly enlarged.
Sebum, which is a mixture of lipids that is produced by the sebaceous glands, is released to the skin´s surface throughout the pores of the hair follicles. In the cases of oily skin types, sebum gets mixed with the sweat and the dirt, blocking the pores and making them look enlarged.
Neglect of Cleansing and Exfoliating
If we don´t properly cleanse the skin or neglect regular exfoliation, all the grime, makeup, sweat and sebum gather on the surface of the skin and then go into the pores and block them, resulting in pore enlargement.
Tips to Minimize Large Pores
Exfoliate your skin with an effective exfoliator
As the time passes, the normal rates of skin cell regeneration lowers and that´s how dead skin cells gather to block the pores. Regular exfoliation with effective products that are not full of harmful chemicals and keep your skin balanced and calm removes these cells and prevents the appearance of spots.
AHA and BHA acids are well known for their keratolytic function that unblocks pores without disturbing the natural balance of the skin or cause irritation. BHA acids such as Salicylic Acid deeply penetrate the skin to cleanse the pores.
As one of the best anti-aging ingredients for the skin, Retinol has not only proven effective for this purpose but is also equally effective for enlarged pores.
Retinol accelerates skin cells’ renewal, increases the production of collagen and elastin, and has excellent exfoliating properties. Therefore, it gets rid of the dead skin cells that block the pores while at the same time it boosts the skin from the inside resulting in the visible smoothening of the skin’s surface.
For my prone to blemishes skin, I can say that Retinol is one of the best ingredients to get rid of blemishes and even those little skin bumps so fast that no other ingredient I have tried up to now could do. It also makes my complexion very smooth and tighter.
Use Specialized Products for Large Pores
In your effort to reduce large pores, there is a number of natural products that have proven to be effective for big pores. So, let’s get an idea of what products people are using to minimize their pores size.
Dead Sea Mud Mask
Dead Sea Mud Masks are good quality natural products that contain Dead Sea Mud combined with some other natural and beneficial for the skin ingredients.
These masks have a lot of benefits for the skin and one of them is reducing pore size and getting rid of all kinds of blemishes. You can read about a top reviewed version of this mask in our article about Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask and find out more about this ingredient’s effectiveness in making pores smaller.
Tea Tree Oil
Due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, Tea Tree Oil has long been used to minimize acne breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Tea tree oil can be diluted in a carrier oil or used directly onto the skin after you have performed a patch test first and it can reduce the pores size. Also, a lot of people use it to make their own DIY skincare products to cleanse the skin naturally.
Witch Hazel Toner
Witch Hazel Toners are very popular among users who have oily or acne prone skin due to Witch Hazel’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
Witch Hazel Toner uses include shrinking of the skin pores, minimizing acne breakouts, evening skin tone, and minimizing skin redness without causing any skin irritation.
For more information, you can read out article on Witch Hazel Toners.
Niacinamide Serums and Creams
Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 has been used effectively for reducing acne problems and shrinking pores among its other rich benefits for the skin.
Niacinamide serums are serums that contain Niacinamide combined with other ingredients each company chooses to make their formulas.
Activated Charcoal Face Masks
Charcoal Face masks are widely used to get rid of skin impurities deep cleansing pores, reduce oiliness, minimize skin pores and prevent acne breakouts. Other benefits include smoothing of the skin, evening the skin tone and minimizing skin inflammation.
For more information, read more on our Charcoal Face Mask Review.
Prevent Enlargement of the Pores with the Right Sunscreen Protection
Daily use of a sunscreen cream can prevent sun damage and therefore the deterioration of the skin so that you can prevent the premature breaking down of collagen and elastin that lead to the loosening of the skin tissues and to the enlargement of the skin pores.
Follow a Healthy Diet
Avoiding processed, sugary and bad quality foods and going for healthier and more nutritional and clean of toxins food will help your skin stay clear and healthy looking with clean pores.
In conclusion, these were some tips and effective natural products to help you reduce large pores size naturally.