Pores, pores, pores! We love to hate them but they actually play a vital role in channeling sebum (the skin’s natural oil) up to the surface which in turn helps protect and moisturise the upper layers of your skin.
For all you oily and combination skin types, this is the cause of the very dilemma that has plagued your existence! Over-active sebaceous glands lead to a secretion of too much oil leaving complexions shinier than a wok’s surface! This excess sebum traps dead skin cells and bacteria, resulting in pimples, blackheads and enlarge pores. While the logical step would be to blitz your skin with a host of aggressive cleansers, sand paper like exfoliants and drying acne treatments, this only aggravates the skin, signalling the alarm to produce even more of this oily protectant!
But don’t fret there’s still hope! I like to think that understanding how things work is the first step to solving the issue so I thought I’d start by debunking a couple of pore-some myths!
- Pores can’t disappear – they’re simply a part of your skin’s surface, all you can do is make them less visible to the naked eye
- Pores can’t open or close by themselves- contrary to popular belief that heating and cooling causes pores to expand and contract – pore don’t have muscles. Steam merely helps loosen dirt and oils to unclog pores resulting in them appearing smaller
Pores have been a huge focus of my skincare regime of late! I’ve found that fixing my pore problems has in turn helped solve lots of reoccurring superficial skin ailments. So here are my favourite pore refining products.
Forever Flawless Diamond Infused Enhanced Facial Peel
The most important thing I’ve learned through years of trial and error in formulating the perfect skincare regime (not that there isn’t always room for improvement!) is: be gentle! Long gone are the days of my dismal attempts to scrub my face clear which not only aggravated the situation but caused scarring.
Exfoliating is key to removing those layers of dead skin cells that can end up clogging pores. I like to use this ultra gentle peel twice a week which removes dry skin, dead cells and other impurities from the surface without harsh or abrasiveness products.
Skin Doctors T-zone No More Pores Night Treatment
A leave on cream that works while you sleep, this night treatment includes one of my favourite skin care ingredients, glycolic acid to unclog pores, accelerate the skin cell renewal process and reduce scarring. Containing lactic acid, this product helps moisturise deep within the skin layers which decreases production of all that gunky sebum to visibly shrink pores! I use this in very small quantities at night as it’s quite potent. It’s also great for clearing stubborn blackheads without pinching or squeezing!
Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
This is a product people either love or hate! I, personally am a huge fan and would highly recommend it for mild to moderate blackheads. A small paper adhesive strip that sticks, molds and dries to your nose (and they have ones for your forehead too!), it visibly pulls out blackheads from the core. I find this product works particularly well in conjunction with the Skin Doctors T-zone No More Pores Night Treatment as the strips are able to extract the oxidized solidified particles of sebum that the glycolic acid cream loosens.
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack
This is a product I’ve featured previously but couldn’t resist doing it again (check out the full review here). An ultra hydrating face mask to be left on while you sleep, I love the calming effect this light gel has as it pampers my skin throughout the night.
The deeply moisturising properties of the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack not only revitalizes, plumps and hydrates my complexion making my pores appear smaller, but over time (I’ve used this sleeping pack for a couples of months, every other day) has slightly decrease the oiliness of my t-zone during the day.
Rosehip Plus Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
From harsh products, indoor heating, sun damage and general dry climates, our skin sure puts up with a lot! Like a tired toddler, stressed skin can throw quite the tantrum in the form of angry red protrusions and extra oily secretions. Then there’s aging. Like everything else that seems to get droopier with every passing birthday, pores also appear larger as we get older when the skin around the pore begins to loosen from daily wear and tear.
Renown for it’s amazing hydrating and anti-aging properties due to it’s omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids, vitamin A and antioxidant content, rosehip oil is a great skin balancing treatment that repairs the skin and regulates sebum production, which in turn, helps to reduce enlarged clogged pores.
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