No more pore

Skin pores are a nightmare sitting stark and visible on your face. Know the whys and how, and lots more about these.

Skin pores are those annoying little openings on your face, especially around the cheeks and nose, which resemble orange peels…but are not half as refreshing or pleasant. No amount of make-up can hide these nasty skin pores. In fact, badly done make-up can only make it worse. Know more about their causes, remedies, etc.

Digging Deeper
For every hair on our body, there is a corresponding skin pore. Quite a realisation, isn’t it! While we can’t see all of them, a few are quite visible. Dr. H. K. Kar, Head of Department—Dermatology, Paras Hospitals—Gurgaon, elaborates, “Pores are the small openings in the skin where oil and sweat reach the surface from different glands. Oil pores allow the oil generated by the sebaceous glands to reach the surface and lubricate the skin. The skin’s natural oil, called sebum, helps in keeping the skin supple, moisturised, and healthy. They also help in getting the sweat out on the skin.”

Most often, it’s your genetics that determine whether or not you will have large pores. But, you cannot always blame it on the genes alone. Speaking of other causes, Dr. Bhavuk Mittal, Consultant Dermatologist, Columbia Asia Hospital—Ghaziabad says, “Excessive sebum production causes enlarged skin pores, which makes the face look dull and aged. Genetics, lack of skincare and hygiene are often the culprits. People with oily skin are more prone to this problem. Clogged pores can also lead to blackheads and acne. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and that worsens the condition.”

It’s also important to note that issues, such as blackheads, do not cause pores. On the contrary, blackheads are caused due to dirt settling into large pores. Similarly, other complications, including acne, etc., can be caused due to this.

Dos and Don’ts
While we don’t have much control over genetics, there’s a lot more that you can do, and a lot that you should avoid.

As we mentioned earlier, make-up is definitely not the solution or a way of hiding skin pores. In fact, make-up can, at times, make the pores appear enlarged. So, do you need to break-up with your make-up if you have pores? Dr. Mittal notes, “First things first, always wash your face before applying make-up, else the dirt and grime mixed with make-up will clog your pores. Never use hot water, as it will enlarge your pores and allow dirt to enter. Avoid soaps, especially perfumed ones, as they strip the natural oil. Use some hydrating cleansing milk before applying make-up. If you just can’t do without soap, choose a moisturising one. Always use a soft towel for your face. Avoid the cardinal sin— sleeping with make-up on; it’s sure to give you clogged pores.”

Don’t forget the golden routine of cleaning-toning-moisturising. Moisturising the skin with a product best-suited for your skin is especially a must. It nourishes the skin and creates a barrier between large pores and unwanted oils and dirt and grime.

And, as we already know by now, our skin loses its elasticity as we age, and that worsens the issue of skin pores. So, using a good blend of anti-ageing products meant for your skin, will unclog, and tighten the skin.


Remedies From Your Kitchen Shelf

The best skincare products are available right in your kitchen. Hear  which ones will help you straight from the experts:

Dr. Kar shares some easy home remedies that could help minimise the visibility of skin pores.

• Aloe vera helps to shrink large pores. The gel cleanses and nourishes the skin and removes oil and dirt from the clogged pores.

• Apple cider vinegar acts as a toner and tightens the skin, and is thus one of the best ways to reduce enlarged skin pores.

• Baking soda has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing problems, such as pimples and acne.

• Lemon is yet another kitchen remedy, which helps in cleaning the clogged pores and minimises the size of enlarged pores.

Dr. Mittal shares some more:

• Egg white mask is an excellent remedy for open pores. It tightens and tones the skin, which helps in shrinking the enlarged pores.

• Quick recipe: Take a good brand of argan or almond oil. Warm it a little and apply it on the face. Massage for a couple of minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water after 30 minutes. Do this every night before going to bed. Argan/almond oil nourishes the skin and diminishes large, open pores. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which hydrate the skin and keep it glowing.

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