Pores are openings in the skin that release sweat and sebum (the oil secreted by skin). Pores can become enlarged from excess oil or as a result of skin ageing making them appear more visible.
While there are a number of aggressors (including UV exposure) which can cause enlarged pores, the main factors are:
- Clogged Pores: When pores become clogged with excess oil and debris, they expand which causes them to appear more noticeable.
- Age: Over time, pores lose elasticity and become enlarged.
- Skin Type: Oily skin types often have more visible pores and may be more prone to clogged pores from excess sebum.
- Gender: Men generally have oilier skin and are more likely to have visibly enlarged pores than women.
While you cannot shrink or tighten pores, you can help visibly reduce their appearance. Exfoliating and cleansing skin can help remove excess oil and dirt which may clog pores. Using a clay mask can also help visibly minimise pores’ appearance.
To help prevent pores from clogging and looking more noticeable, cleanse skin twice daily with a gentle cleanser that respects skin’s barrier. Exfoliating skin with a facial scrub or other exfoliant is also essential to help remove dirt and oil. When cleansing, be careful not to scrub your face harshly which can cause irritation (and may cause pores to appear more visible). Hot water can also cause irritation so cleanse your face with warm water instead. Always cleanse skin at night to rinse away dirt and impurities from the day and avoid sleeping in your makeup which can cause clogged pores and even breakouts.
Since skin on the nose tends to be oilier, pores on the nose often appear more visible. If you have enlarged pores on your nose, cleanse skin morning and night and use a facial toner to help sweep away dirt and oil.
To help visibly minimise pores, look for a gentle cleanser or exfoliating scrub to help remove dirt, oil and impurities. Formulas with Vitamin C or Salicylic Acid can also help reduce the appearance of pores. Using a clay face mask, like our Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque several times a week can also help visibly minimise pores and even reduce skin’s oil production. Throughout your skincare routine, look for formulas that are non-comedogenic - meaning that they won’t clog pores.