Your pores are there to help your skin breathe, but when they become enlarged, it can be quite annoying to see those little holes popping up, especially on your face. To add insult to injury, there is no way to completely and permanently reduce the size of these enlarged pores. So what’s a girl to do when she wants to get perfect and flawless skin?
Luckily, there’s a workaround to this little problem. You might not be able to completely shrink your large pores away, but what you can do is make them smaller, or better yet — make them completely disappear for a period of time. The dream to have blemish-free skin lives on!
Even more important is the fact that enlarged pores are something that can be prevented — all you need to do is take some precautions and cultivate some new habits into your daily beauty regime. Before we get to that, it’s imperative to understand what exactly pores are, and what exactly is their function.
What Do Pores Do?
Pores play an important role in our body, although a majority of people do not know exactly what they do. What you see as tiny dots on the surface of your skin are actually the openings of where your hair follicles are — these are your pores. They are where your sebaceous glands are located — they produce a substance known as sebum, which is the natural oil our body produces. Sebum helps in two ways — it moisturizes our skin and prevents it from drying and cracking, and when sebum passes through the hair follicle to come out from your pores, it actually collects any dead skin cells within and ejects them from your body. The more sebum in a pore, the larger it will get.
Home Treatments For Preventing Large Pores
Before your large pores end up becoming a big problem, you should take some precautions to prevent that from happening. Most of these methods are focused on cleansing the excess oil from your pores, thus decreasing the chances that your pores will grow larger. At the same time, they make it slightly more difficult for more oil to collect there, so you will likely stay oil-free more often.
Here is the first part of this two-part series of easy home remedies that might be of use if you want to maintain a pore-free complexion.
The gel from aloe vera leaves is already well known for being a natural healing ingredient. It can be used to treat sunburns and calm inflamed and irritated skin, and it can even help to shrink your pores too. It works as an organic moisturizer and can help to cleanse your pores from any excess sebum lingering inside, which then reduces the chances of your pores getting bigger. You can get the gel from any pharmacy, or why not cultivate and grow your own aloe vera plant? Apply the gel to your cheeks, nose and forehead areas and gently massage it in for 10 minutes before washing off with some cold water.
Using some egg whites and combining them with other ingredients, like oatmeal and lemon juice, sounds like a somewhat tasty meal. On the other hand, you can also make a paste that can be used as a facemask that can help to prevent your pores from enlarging. Egg whites are able to tighten and tone your skin, which can help to reduce the size of your large pores. Oatmeal is used as an exfoliator that clear dead skin cells from your pores, while the lemon juice contains vitamin C that refreshes and rejuvenates the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Is it a cider, or is it vinegar? Whatever the case, apple cider vinegar is an effective skin toner that can help to cleanse your skin, as well as keep your pores clear. Additionally, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help to reduce any skin irritations or afflictions, such as acne. You can use it every day, but you might want to mix it with some water first to dilute it a little bit. Once diluted, use a cotton ball to soak up the mixture and lightly dab it onto the skin of your face.
More than just a tasty fruit, papaya also have beneficial properties for your skin. It is able to tone and tighten the skin, and also deeply purifies by unclogging pores and removing any impurities trapped within. All you need are a few pieces of a ripe papaya — mash them down to form a pulpy paste and apply it to your face as you would do with a face mask. Leave it on for about 20 minutes to let it soak up all the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells, before washing it off with some water. Buy in bulk and slice them for consumption too, as the high fibre content and many antioxidants within will also benefit your body and keep you healthy.