3 Hidden Secrets to Minimize Large Pores
People with thick, oily skin tend to develop large pores that can cause an unsightly appearance. Large pores are open hair follicles that serve as the escape route for moisture, oil, and other toxins. When oil settles around the follicle, pores become clogged and appear large. While there is no permanent treatment for large pore (unless you visit your dermatologists and receive treats), there are effective ways to reduce their appearance and below I am listing three hidden secrets to minimizing them.
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When you think of oily skin, the last thing you think of doing is adding extra oil to it, but oil cleansing can help reduce the appearance of large pores. It creates a chemical balance of "like dissolves like", which breaks down to one substance dissolving the same substance. This method helps dissolve the oil your skin naturally produces and prevents excess oil from being produced, in turn reducing the appearance of larger pores. The best oils for this are:
Charcoal Clay Mask
Known to contain a variety of natural minerals (charcoal, aloe vera, bentonite), clay masks have been the go to and while many can be ineffective, I've found charcoal clay masks have been the best and most effective. Clay masks naturally absorb excess oil and water from the skin, leaving it feeling tight and visibly reducing your pores.
Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Ok, so whenever I hear about ACV I'm a bit skeptical, but then I try it and realize ACV is the hidden miracle worker for just about everything. Our skin has a natural thin layer of acid on the surface called the acid mantle; we develop this to protect our skin from bad bacteria. When our skin comes into contact with toxins like smoke, sun, and pollution, it affects the natural acidic balance leaving the skin unprotected from bacteria and dirt. ACV balances and restores the natural PH levels and helps the skin function by destroying bacteria and removing dead skin cells. This prevents your pores from becoming clogged, leaving it feeling and looking healthy.
Use ACV as a toner following the below method and apply with a wool cotton pad.
- For sensitive skin – Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water
- For normal skin – Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
- For oily skin – Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water
Similar to ACV and it's acidic properties, lemon juice can be used as a toner to reduce enlarged pores. To use, soak a cotton pad in fresh lemon juice and dab it onto your skin, leaving it for five to seven minutes - rinse with cool water to cleanse. Follow-up with an oil-free moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out.
Managing your pores is the biggest part of maintaining healthy skin, and while it takes time (and a lot of effort), the benefits are rewarding.