How to Shrink and Minimize Pores on Your Face
There has been a lot of debate in the skin care community about how to minimize your pores as well as the best methods that you can use to care for your skin.
Some beauticians will recommend that you use a number of different products and ointments to care for your skin. Others will recommend a series of home remedies. However, so many beauticians and dermatologists fail to explain the key issue to their audience: what is the skin made up of and what really affects the texture of the skin?
Every person has a different type of skin. What works for your friend, or even your sibling, might not work for you. Some people have excessively oily skin. Even keeping makeup on is a challenge for such people.
On the other hand, some people have excessively dry skin, meaning they have to apply moisturizer regularly otherwise their skin begins to crack very quickly.
There have been hundreds of cases where people have suffered some serious skin reactions after using popular ointments and creams.
Before you start applying pore strips or hundreds of different creams and facials, it’s important to understand a few things about your skin. First of all, I want you to think of your skin like an elastic surface that’s divided into three layers. Think of it as a bouncy castle: every time you apply pressure on the top layer, the surface recedes, and as soon as you lift your finger off, it snaps back into its original position.
This is the first layer of your skin and is responsible for acting as your skin’s protection. It’s basically a barrier for preventing water from getting “under your skin.” Literally. Moving on, the next layer is where the fun stuff happens.
The next layer contains the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing sebum oil (we’ll talk about that in a moment). The hair follicles, those tiny, tiny pores that you see in your skin, are also located in this layer. Underneath this lies the final layer, which is basically made up of connective tissue and a lot of fat.
How to Minimize Pores- What’s Really Going On?
I have been asked this question thousands of times. It’s probably one of the most misunderstood topics pertaining to human skin. First of all, let me get this out of the way: even if you don’t have hair on your face or parts of the skin, it doesn’t mean that the hair follicle isn’t present. No, the hair follicle is still there, the only difference is that it lies under the surface of the skin.
To maintain its elasticity, your skin needs proper hydration. That is one of the main reasons I recommend people drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Your body needs it. If you don’t drink water, your skin will begin to lose its elasticity. You will start noticing wrinkles on your skin and tiny cracks will begin to appear, as well. This is not good, because it indicates that skin cells are dying at an increased rate.
Just like any other part of your body, your skin is made up of trillions of tiny cells. Brush your arm against any surface and you just killed several millions of them. Don’t worry though, the body makes skin cells at an equally alarming rate.
Without pores, a person wouldn’t be able to sweat or get rid of the excess toxins and oil in his or her body. Now, it’s important to note that your pores can’t be opened or closed at will. There’s really no way to completely close off the pores. When the pores fill up with excess oil, they start trapping bacteria and dead skin cells. This increases the size of the pore in general.
If you have just gotten done with using pore strips or popped a few blackheads, you need to use some remedies to minimize the pores. Now that you know what’s really going on underneath, let’s focus on some remedies.
How to Shrink Pores– A Step by Step Process
Before you Begin:
- Wash your hands clean using an anti-bacterial hand wash. Your hands contain a million more bacteria cells, so before you start touching your face, it’s important that you clean them properly.
- Avoid touching your face. Despite taking the necessary precaution in Step 1, it’s important that you try to minimize contact with your face as much as possible. It could help in minimizing the transfer of bacteria.
- No need to overdo it. Spending up to an hour just to minimize the pores is a foolish idea. If you overdo the whole thing, you will probably end up with a skin irritation.
- Keep everything within reach. If you have to constantly get up and run about, it will just cause more trouble and also impact your concentration.
There are several different methods that can be used to open or close the pores. Here are some simple tips and techniques that you can use.
The pores in your skin react to external temperature. When you apply ice on your skin, you are not only affecting the appearance of your skin, but you are also causing a rejuvenating effect. You can just take an ice cube and rub it on your skin for a period of up to 30 seconds.
Obviously, the ice will soon start dripping from your hands due to the body heat. To prevent this from turning into a messy affair, you can also wrap the ice in a clean cloth and then rub it. Rub it at least 3 times a day for a positive effect.
#2. Baking Soda:
Almost every dermatologist I have known has talked about the natural effects of baking soda at some point in time. It is by far one of the best substances that you can use for your skin. Not only does it help in balancing the pH levels of your skin, but it also removes dirt particles from your face.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid using baking soda altogether though, because it can cause some serious irritation. Start by applying to only a small area of the skin, and then move further. Just mix a couple of tablespoons of baking soda with warm water to create a paste.
You can apply this paste on your skin. Leave it on for a minute before washing it off. You need to repeat the treatment at least 3-5 times in a week.
#3. Lemon and Egg Whites:
There are some amazing natural ingredients that you can use to minimize your pores without having to rely on harmful substances. Egg whites have been scientifically proven to tighten skin and to remove excess oil. It can greatly improve the condition of your skin.
Just take two egg whites and whisk them properly. Squeeze a lemon and then apply the mixture on your face. Wait until it dries out and then use cool water to rinse it off. When it’s done at least 3 times a week, you will begin to notice some seriously positive effects.
#4. Sugar Lemon Scrub:
Another homemade remedy that you can use is a sugar lemon scrub. It’s quite simple, and pretty easy to use. Not only does it minimize the pores, but it also helps remove any dirt and bacteria. Just mix two tablespoons of sugar with freshly squeezed lemon juice (avoid using packed products because they contain preservatives).
Apply the mixture onto your skin with your fingers using a circular motion for at least 30 seconds before rinsing off with cool water.
There are some other tips that you can use to minimize your pores naturally as well. Here are a few:
Always Eat Healthy: I really can’t stress on this enough: what you eat will begin to show through your skin. Junk food can cause inflammation and can lead to clogging of the pores. Healthy foods provide your skin with the vitamins that it needs to stay healthy.
Drink Lots of Water: If you keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, you won’t have to worry about the overproduction of oil, which is one of the key factors in clogging your pores.
Remove Your Makeup: I know it can be tiring, but you have to do it. Every time you come home after a long night, spare a few minutes and remove your makeup before the mirror. Makeup residue can cause a lot of damage to your skin. Wash your face thoroughly every time you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning.
These are just some of the most effective methods for minimizing your pores and taking care of your skin. Which ones have you used before, and which ones have shown the best results? We would love to know more! Do let us know in the comments below about the best methods that you use for skin care!
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