About a year ago, I discovered I have large pores, and because they went improperly treated, one became dilated causing an unsightly hole. After a few treatments at the dermatologist, it was removed but left me with a scar.
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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. If you have thick, oily skin as I do, you are more prone to develop them, and while there is no permanent treatment (unless you visit your dermatologist and receive treatments); there are practical ways to reduce their appearance—here are three ways to minimize the appearance of large pores.
I. Oil Cleansing
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. This method helps dissolve the oil your skin naturally produces and prevents excess oil from being created, in turn reducing the appearance of larger pores. For the past few weeks, I've used Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Double Cleanse which includes an oil based charcoal cleanser and cleansing bar; this cleanser helps draw out any impurities, including excess oil, leaving your skin visibility cleaner and pores smaller.
I love any face product that has charcoal in it because it's known to contain a variety of natural minerals. Clay masks are my go-to, and while many can be ineffective, I've found charcoal clays to be the best, and most effective. They naturally absorb oil and other residues from the skin, leaving it feeling tight and pores visibly reduced. I've talked about it endlessly, so I won't bore you with the details, but pick up Kiehl's Deep Pore Cleansing Masque—your skin will thank you!
When I first heard about using acidity, specifically apple cider vinegar, I was a bit skeptical, but soon realized ACV is the hidden miracle worker for just about everything, including skincare. Our skin has a natural thin layer of acid on the surface called the acid mantle; it's developed to protect your skin from [bad] bacteria. When your skin comes into contact with toxins like smoke, sun, and pollution, it affects the natural acidic balance, leaving your skin unprotected from bacteria and dirt. ACV, lemon juice, or acidic peels help to balance and restore the [natural] pH levels and improve the skin function by destroying bacteria and removing dead skin cells; preventing your pores from becoming clogged.
Use ACV or lemon juice as a toner following the below method and apply with a wool cotton pad; always follow-up with an oil-free moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out.
- For sensitive skin – Mix 1 part ACV/lemon juice with 4 parts water
- For normal skin – Mix 1 part ACV/lemon juice with 2 parts water
- For oily skin – Mix 1 part ACV/lemon juice with 1 part water