Every one of us face a long-standing battle against pores. From pores on our forehead to noses, they are a necessity to the health of our skin. The pores on our noses are openings to the hair follicles on our skin. Attached to the follicles are sebaceous glands, which produces natural oil (also known as sebum) that keeps the skin moisturised. Our pores come in all shapes and sizes, some larger as compared to others. The pores on our noses are naturally larger in size as compared to those that are situated on other parts of the skin. The reason for the larger pores on the nose is due to the larger sebaceous glands underneath it.
For most individuals with oily skin, it is highly likely that you will develop enlarged pores. When your sebaceous glands produce an excess amount of oil, the pores on your skin will strive to accommodate it by expanding. Though there are many factors which can cause an oil gland to be overactive, it is mostly due to your genes. Simply put, you can probably thank your parents for passing on their “good” genes. However, always bear in mind that there are also other underlying factors which could contribute to your sebaceous glands working overtime.
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to minimise those large nose pores, but there are some steps you can take to make them appear smaller. Keep reading on to find out how and why enlarged pores are formed and the measures you can take to prevent the pores from enlarging.
Enlarged Nose Pores Causes
The pores on your nose are generally larger and they become more prominent when it gets clogged. The pores become clogged when a combination of dead skin cells and sebum gets stuck underneath the hair follicles. As a result, it will create plugs which harden and enlarge the walls of the follicle, resulting in your pores becoming more noticeable.
Besides this, there are many other causes of clogged pores and enlargement which include acne, lack of exfoliation, heat, sun exposure, hormone fluctuations during pregnancy or menstruation, poor diet, stress, among others.
Open Pores VS Clear Pores
Despite the promises on product advertisements which claim to help “open pores”, it is important to bear in mind that your pores are already open. If you regularly visit spas, those steam machines just before your facials are actually opening up your pores so that you can easily cleanse your pores of the oil, debris and dead skin cells.
While the skin does not technically breathe the same way as our lungs, it does require open pores to ensure that you can eliminate the dead skin cells so that new cells can be allowed to grow.
How To Treat Nose Pores
To resolve any underlying issues with your nose pores, the first step is to ensure that they are clean. Your nose pores are usually clogged due to oil, dirt and makeup.
1. Remove All Makeup Before Your Sleep
Whether you wear oil-free, non-comedogenic products or not, it does not necessarily give you a free pass to skip your bedtime makeup removal. Even the most skin-friendly makeup products can result in clogged pores if you leave them on overnight. Leaving makeup on overnight for prolonged periods of time may suffocate the skin and prevent it from breathing. The first step is to make sure your nose pores are free from cosmetic before heading to bed. You should also consider removing makeup before you wash your face to ensure that the cleanser can penetrate and work more effectively in your nose pores.
2. Cleanse Your Skin Twice A Day
When you cleanse your skin, it removes any leftover makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria trapped in your pores. An ideal scenario would be to do this twice a day. If you exercise or work out during the day, you might need to cleanse again after it. If you have oily skin, consider using a gentle cleanser that is either gel or cream-based. The cleanser is able to cleanse out pores from your nose without causing any irritation.
3. Use The Right Moisturiser
Despite the excess amount of sebum produced with the presence of nose pores, you still need to moisturise your skin after facial cleansing. By moisturising your skin, it will prevent any over-drying that can result in worsening of nose pore issues. When moisturising your skin, consider looking or a water or gel-based product that will not cause any clogging in your pores.
4. Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells
When exfoliating your skin, consider doing so for at least two or three times a week to help remove dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores. The key when exfoliating your skin is to massage the product onto your nose in a circular motion. After which, leave the product on your nose as scrubbing will only aggravate it further.