What Is A Pore Anyways?

February 03, 2020

Have you ever wondered why we have pores all over our skin? Do the tiny dots even serve a purpose? The pore serves as the opening of the hair follicle. Each one has a sebaceous gland, which produces the skin’s oils. Pores are usually the largest and most notable on the face in areas like the forehead and the nose where the sebaceous gland is larger.

Pore size is primarily genetically predetermined. Skin type can also play a role, naturally dry skin tends to appear with smaller pores while oily skin tends to have larger, more-visible pores.

While the major factors of pore size are outside of our ability to change, there are other factors that affect pore size that we can control. Dead skin cells and trapped sebum can stretch pores. Loss of collagen that supports pores prevents them from getting lose can also make pores appear larger. Trauma to the skin, such as pressure inflicted on an unsuspecting pimple you are trying to pop, can also permanently damage or widen the pore.

The trick to keeping pores appear smaller is to keep them clean. Avoid using makeup or lotions that will clog them. Washing your face in the morning and at night will help keep them clean, as will washing your face after working out. Exfoliating will take the power of the cleanse to the next level by removing dead skin cells that can potentially magnify pore size. While most people can exfoliate daily, people with sensitive skin should only exfoliate 1-3 times a week to avoid irritation.

Use makeup sparingly, it can actually cause pores to appear larger rather than hiding them. This happens when the makeup settles around the pores and highlights their circumference rather than making them blend in. This can also attract dirt and oil into the pore.





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