There’s always a lot of talk about pores in the beauty world – what they are, how they get bigger, how to shrink them. Unfortunately, the internet is full of untrue or misleading information on the topic.
Is it actually, physically possible to make your pores smaller? Keep reading and find out!
what are pores, really?
Your pores are simply the opening of your hair follicles. Within each pore is a sebaceous gland, which produces a naturally waxy, oily substance called sebum. It’s often the buildup of sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt that can trigger breakouts.
can I change the size of my pores?
Contrary to popular belief, you can NOT change the size of your pores. Your pore size is determined by genetics, and no product or routine has the power to change that. UGGH, we know.
Though you can't change the size of your pores, there are certain skincare techniques and products that can help reduce their appearance.
Essentially, when you see products promising to "shrink" or "reduce" the size of your pores, what they're really selling is their potential to shrink or reduce the appearance of pores.
Have you ever felt like your pores grew exponentially overnight? Just as you can reduce the appearance of your pores, certain factors – external and internal – can make your pores appear larger too. Excess sebum production, decreased elasticity, and increased hair follicle volume – all affected by your hormones, the products you use, and your acne history – seem to be the main contributors to larger-looking pores.
Often times, people notice their pores more on their forehead and nose, specifically. This is because the sebaceous glands on these areas tend to be bigger, therefore producing more oil, and making the pore look larger.
how do I reduce the appearance of my pores?
The main way to reduce the appearance of your pores is to cleanse and moisturize your skin thoroughly. The more dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum get stuck in your pores, the larger they’re going to look! It’s important to deeply (yet gently!) clear your pores every day in order to prevent them looking enlarged.
use a cleansing oil and if you need to, double cleanse
In a recent blog post, we talked about how subclinical acne (little colorless bumps that usually appear on the forehead) are simply clogged, congested pores. They're the result of your skin not being able to “breathe” properly!
You can work to decongest your pores by following a good cleansing routine. We always recommmend using our oil to milk cleanser or facial cleansing oil because oil dissolves oil, which can be helpful and even essential to the process of unclogging pores.
Foaming or soap-based cleansers can be drying, which can cause your skin to respond by producing MORE oil, as your body will try and make up for what you're stripping away!
Cleansing twice in a row with a gentle, oil-based cleanser can help to clear pores and remove dead skin cells. Double cleansing is best done at night when your skin really needs cleaning after a day of makeup, dirt, and pollutants. But make sure you're only double cleansing once a day, as twice may be overkill!
exfoliate gently and often!
Another essential? Exfoliating. Using a gentle exfoliator, like our sea moss exfoliator, regularly (up to 3-4x per week!) helps to unblock your pores, reducing their appearance and allowing moisturizers to better soak in.
use a facial toner
Toning is also extremely important. It acts as the final cleansing step, removing all leftover dirt from your pores. It also helps to balance out your pH levels, which in turn, can help to balance sebum and reduce blockages! If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try our raspberry vinegar toner - its acidity will help gently reduce the appearance of your pores.
purify and treat
A gentle, purifying mask like our chlorophyll mask can help to cleanse your skin and clear your pores, reducing their appearance. We like to treat ourselves to a little chlorophyll time 2-3x per week!
In summary, the bad news is that you can’t actually permanently decrease the size of your pores. However, by following these steps and keeping your skin as clean and pH-balanced as possible, you’ll be able to reduce the look of large pores for skin that looks smoother and softer.
We hope you found these tips helpful! As always, if you have any questions, DM us on Instagram or email us at email@example.com!
-the cocokind team