Not only women and men, even skin care professionals are plagued by this question: ‘how best to minimize enlarged skin pores?’ There are myriad remedies and treatment options that claim to shrink enlarged skin pores but only a few of these have proven to be effective. The main reason behind this is that there is a dearth of scientific research on this topic. As a result, there is lack of empirical information on how best to treat this condition. Research has shown that enlarged skin pores can be attributed to certain factors: sun damage, natural aging, genes, acne and excess sebum output are the most common of all ‘open pores on face’ causes. Let us study some home remedies to reduce pores on face permanently and naturally.
1. Normalize sebum output
Majority of commercially available pore minimizing products dry out the skin with the aim of preventing excess sebum. However, these products are very harsh on the skin and cause it to become even drier. This triggers excess sebum production making it a never-ending vicious cycle. So the best cleansers to reduce and shrink pores on face are the ones that focus on normalizing sebum production. Go for suitable products that are made for your particular skin type.
2. Pre-cleanse and cleanse
Dermatologists also recommend a pre-cleansing routine with products containing refined, mineral oil. Refined mineralized oil has tiny molecules which attract the skin’s oils easily making it easier to remove them. You can also use Kaolin based face masks before cleansing to wash away the excess oil and makeup. Use Kaolin clay masks twice a week to normalize sebum output. Caudalie Detox Mask is a good choice.
3. AHA or salicylic acid toner
To reduce pores on face by home remedy, use a toner after cleansing. Ideally, a good toner should contain salicylic acid, glycolic or AHA/alpha hydroxyl acid. These ‘reduce pores on face products’ prepare the skin for the next step-vitamin A.
4. Use Vitamin A products
Vitamin A based creams are the best ways to reduce pores on face caused by pimples or photo-damage. Go for a product containing retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate or retinol (or a combination of these). Avoid using retinoic acid which can cause redness, flaking and peeling of skin. Choose a well-packaged product that protects the cream from degradation from air, moisture and other contaminants.
Exfoliation once a week reduces dead skin cells which tend to collect in the enlarged pores making them appear bigger. Use products with an acid-enzyme cocktail. These help brighten the skin and you must use them at least 2 times a week. We recommend using a product to close pores after removing blackheads.
6. Always use a sunscreen
As stated above, one of the most important open pores on face causes is sun exposure. So protect your skin with a good quality sunscreen having broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Avoid stepping outdoors without a scarf or a wide brimmed hat. Seek shade where possible and avoid tanning beds. Look for sunscreens with chemical and physical blockers along with antioxidants to fight free radicals.
7. Use makeup wisely
Always prime the skin with a good primer before applying foundation. Use a wet brush or a sponge with a hydrating mist to keep the look dewy and fresh instead of dried and caked. Finish up with a transparent powder. Make sure you remove all makeup at bedtime.
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