“Pores” and “huge” are often two words that go hand in hand in our vocabulary. We receive a lot of questions from you asking which products work best. As true believers that skincare is the best makeup of all, we demystify for you some of the misconceptions about pores and what you can do to reduce their appearance!
Products and treatments often claim to permanently shrink pores and make them disappear completely and permanently. But, Unfortunately, totally erasing pores for good is not a reality. To follow through we asked the experts what they think and what they recommend we should do to achieve a flawless finish.
You can’t permanently shrink your pores
“No product can permanently shrink your pores” say Dr Elizabeth Tanzi, dermatologist, “but there are some effective products out there that do a good job at minimizing the appearance of pores”. The best way to reduce the appearance of pores is to use products that are high in antioxidants to promote cell turnover and increase the purging of oily plugs from the pores- the less packed the pores are, the smaller they look. Other products that are highly recommended are retinoids or retinols which also help with the purging of oil from the skin, leaving the pores clean and small.
In-office treatments cannot totally erase pores
For many pore issues, in-office treatments are the best at tackling them, however you will need constant maintenance. In other words in-office treatments are not a one time deal. According to Dr Tanzi “The Clear+Brilliant laser, which helps boost collagen and build up the skin around pores, is good to provide long-term reduction of the pores, but no treatment is permanent”. Dr, Swengel adds that “in-office treatments geared toward pores are a more effective way to clean the pores from sebaceous debris, because clean pores mean smaller pores”. He recommends a monthly visit for Micro-dermabrasion treatment that will remove dead skin cells and sebaceous debris from the pores. In addition, keeping the pores clean can also be achieved daily by using a mild exfoliating cleanser that will help remove excess oil from the skin without over drying it and causing it to create more oil overnight.
Pores get larger with age
Pore size is genetic and becomes more prominent as we age. Pore size starts out small in children, but enlarge for most people in puberty. In our youth, pores are surrounded by fairly robust “cuff” of dermal collagen that keeps their size fairly stable, but as we age the collagen starts breaking down and that in turn allows the pores to open up a a bit more and appear larger. Pores however are not the enemy, without them we couldn’t let out the excess oil and sebum produced by the skin which would leave us with incredibly dry, cracked skin and a lot of internal breakouts and infections.
Blackheads are not necessarily a sign your pores are clogged
This is probably the most misunderstood pore myth out there. Many people think that black dots on their nose are clogged pores or blackheads, but they are most likely sebaceous filaments. A sebaceous filament is a tiny collection of sebum and dead skin cells around a hair follicle, which usually takes the form of a small hair-like strand. They usually have white or yellow color, and can be expressed from the skin by pinching. you can’t get rid of these filaments and no amount of squeezing helps, but you can control them by using products that contain glycolic or salicylic acid in them.
What can you do ?
- Exfoliate regularly. Try the mild Micro Exfoliating Cleanser from Repère Care, with prickly pear seed oil, volcanic beads and pro vitamin B, it gently cleans and exfoliates without over drying your skin, leaving it hydrated and clean from excess oils.
- use salicylic acid after exfoliation. Leave-on salicylic acid (BHA) liquid or sheet mask to shed built up surface dead skin that would normally gather in the pore, stretching it out, and risk turning into a blackhead.
- Never go to bed without washing off your makeup. Not removing your makeup can make clogged pores worse.
- Use products that have a high content of anti-oxidants and Vitamin E to heal the skin and boost collagen production, the more stable your skin’s pH and overall condition the less excess oil is produced. Try lightweight moisturizing cream like Repère Care, Daily Moisturizer with Prickly Pear Seed Oil , due to it’s high content in linoleic acid and vitamin E, prickly pear seed oil absorbs fast, without clogging pores.
- Consider a monthly or by-monthly visit to your dermatologist for a micro-dermabrasion treatment.
Author: Repère Care