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The trouble with open pores..

One of the things I get asked a lot about is how to shrink open pores. There is a little bit of ‘pore phobia’ going on and I want you to all embrace your pores!

Large pores are an indication of how much oil you produced when you were in your teens—the formative years for your pore size. When your skin rapidly pumped out the oil, the walls of the pore stretched wider resulting in larger pores. For those who were very oily all over the face (genetics), their pores will be larger everywhere, while those that produced oil only in the t-zone, will have larger pores are confined to that area. For those of you that barely produced any oil, your pores will remain small to this day.

The problem arises as the pores seem to be getting larger as we get older (what we professionals call pseudo pores).

They aren’t actually getting larger, but they can appear larger. Why is this? I hear you ask, well, when your skin is young and the skin is tight, they won’t be as noticeable. As you get older, due to the degeneration and weakening of the elastin fibres within the skin, pores appear larger because the indents are more pronounced as the skin is no longer as tight. They don’t have the ability to close.

So what can you do to make the pores appear smaller?

The best way to reduce the appearance of large pores is to exfoliate often. By using a combination of both physical scrubs such as products containing granules or beads (we like Vitage micro skin polish) and chemical exfoliants that use ingredients like fruit acids or enzymes, on a regular basis, this will help remove surface dry cells so the opening of the pores are less pronounced making them appear smaller. Chemical exfoliants also get into the pores and help to keep them cleaned out.

Bottom line: you can’t shrink the pores, but you can definitely make them look smaller when using the right combination of products and of course committing to a regular ‘U and your skin’ facial 🙂

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