Do you want to uncover the secrets to shrinking open pores and restoring your skin’s natural radiance? Here’s what to do!
Achieving flawless skin can be challenging, especially if you have open pores. These pesky little openings on the skin can be a source of frustration for many of us. But how can we make them disappear and get a clear, radiant complexion? While you can not completely shrink or close your pores, you can minimise their appearance with some effort.
What causes open pores?
According to a 2016 study, the major causes of open pores are:
- Excessive sebum: When your sebaceous gland produces extreme amounts of oil, it leads to oily skin and clogged pores.
- Decreased elasticity around the pore: This is when the skin becomes less supple.
- Increased hair follicle volume
- Sun damage or overexposure to the sun
How to get rid of open pores?
Open pores can make your skin look uneven and can be a cause of various skin issues like blackheads and acne. Here’s a list of some effective tips and tricks that will help minimise the appearance of pores and improve skin texture.
If you want to refine your complexion, a thorough cleansing ritual is paramount. I recommend cleansing your face thoroughly twice a day to get rid of dirt, excess oil, and impurities that can clog your pores and exacerbate their appearance. Opt for a gentle cleanser that does not strip off the marital oils of your skin.
If you are on the quest to minimise the appearance of open pores, you must make exfoliation an integral part of your skincare routine. Regular exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells and excessive oil, thus preventing them from accumulating and enlarging pores. I recommend exfoliating just once or twice a week because excessive exfoliation can damage your skin and leave it looking dull and dry. Based on your skin type, you can choose between the two types of exfoliation methods:
- Physical exfoliation: Physical exfoliation uses small granules which, when rubbed on the skin, manually exfoliate the skin. Microdermabrasion treatments and any face mitt or washcloth with a textured surface that buffs away dead skin and debris are also used for physical exfoliation.
- Chemical exfoliation: Chemical exfoliation uses AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), or fruit enzymes. These chemical exfoliants dissolve dead cells, dirt, oil, and impurities.
Use a clay mask
Treating your skin with a clay mask is another excellent way to combat open pores. Packed with minerals, clay masks do an excellent job of removing impurities from the skin and soaking up excess oil to keep your skin looking squeaky clean and fresh. I recommend choosing contemporary formulations that combine the advantages of high-performing clays like bentonite, kaolin, fuller’s earth, and rhassoul with moisturising ingredients in soothing textures, making it a win for all skin types. Use them twice a week, don’t let them dry completely, and don’t leave them on for more than fifteen minutes for a refined complexion.
Get professional aesthetic treatments
Have you tried an array of open pore treatments without much luck? It is time to seek professional help. ISSAC Luxe offers various treatments like microneedling, laser resurfacing, and customised chemical peels that can significantly improve the appearance of open pores and overall skin texture.
To learn more about open pore treatments, schedule a consultation with me here.