January 6, 2016

What To Do About Your Large Pores

Naaila Khan

Call it your number one detractor against owning the flawless skin of your dreams or simply trypophobia, but we all hate pores. They might be microscopic yes, and insignificant in the larger scheme of things (trust us, there are way worse skin problems), but there’s something irksome about little holes peeking out of your makeup base. Well, two things: bad news is that there’s no such thing as ‘banishing’ your pores for good because that’s just the way the world your skin works, but good news is that there’s various effective ways to see less of them.

But first, you’ve got to know the enemy to fight it. A pore is in essence a hole with an oil gland at bottom, and a little connecting tube through which the oil is pushed up to the surface. Unfortunately, because it’s skin, dead cells are shed which mix with the oil resulting in pore sludge that clogs your skin and expands the little holes, giving you the enlarged pores of your beauty nightmares.

The solutions? They comprise three levels of penetration: manual extraction or what your aesthetician does while you’re getting a facial – though it’ll all come back eventually, then there’s chemical exfoliation that most often involves a glycolic acid peel that reaches the upper layer of skin, and finally, the cell replenishing powers of retinol (yes, the anti aging superhero, the same guy) for long term results – Retin-A, Tazorac, Avita, Renova, and Differin are some prescription retinoids which can be used by themselves or along with a BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) product. A combination of these three (manual, chemical and/or retinoids) also work well, as do DIY treatments if they’re your thing.

A slew of skincare and makeup products also go a long way in keeping those pores in check. But if you’re confused, keep your eyes open for ingredient labels that have glycolic acid, salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy, and dicorboxylic acid on them. Willow bark, tea tree oil, and bamboo extract are some natural options to look for in your products. And because excessive oil is the root cause here, there are a couple ways you can keep it far removed from your life – avoid thick, emollient creams at least on the pore-laden areas (usually the T-zone), stay a mile away from bar soaps, invest in oil-absorbing clay masks to keep the grease in check and never, never forget to remove your makeup before bed – you don’t want any more sludge to stay the night.

As far as makeup goes, makeup master Wayne Goss has a little trick below to make those gaping holes disappear in an airbrushed sweep! Try it – it worked for us.

We also picked out the most effective beauty products to add to your routine – tried and tested, so you won’t be seeing those pesky pores for a long, long time. 

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