One of the questions we get asked the most is how to deal with those pesky enlarged pores. One or two, we can manage. But when those enlarged pores start to gang up on us, we can't help but panic a little...
Pores are small openings in the skin surface that allow for sebum (natural oil produced by your sebaceous glands) to pass through to your skin. Problems may begin to appear when excess of sebum is produced and it starts to mix with other surface impurities including dead skin cells. The combination of these may therefore start to clog your pores, enlarging them and making them more visible. Blackheads are formed when the end of the clogged pore become exposed to the air and oxidise giving it it's black colour.
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So how can we manage this? There are a number of things we can do to try and minimise these blackheads and the size of those pores.
People who know me will know how much I go on about the importance of having a deep cleansing regime. A deep cleansing regime can be done once to twice a week depending on your skin and what you feel you need. The products used usually comprise of a scrub, mask, cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Giving your skin a deep clean removes not only surface impurities, but also impurities that may be building up under the surface, causing the pores of your skin to enlarge. For more information, check out our article The Importance of a Deep Cleansing.
Regular cleansing is as important as deep cleansing. This is particularly important for those of us who wear makeup on most days. Whilst makeup can make us look great, if you are not careful and forget to cleanse before you go to bed, you could find yourself in a bit of a pickle. It is important to cleanse to unclog your pores, which then allows your skin to breath and ensure that it can undergo it's regular processes.
One way of tackling your pores is to use a product directly aimed at minimising those pores. We recommend Enbacci's Pore Minimiser (our best seller in Australia). Our Pore Minimiser contains natural tea tree oil which has great antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal product to help clear out those pores and reducing their size. The Pore Minimiser can also be used as a primer for makeup to help create a barrier around the skin and prevent makeup from clogging the pores.
For those particularly tricky and stubborn blackheads around the nose, you could use a blackhead nose strip. Yes, that thing you stick to your nose, wait till it hardens and then pull off. However if you are going to do this, ensure you do follow up with a good moisturiser so as to regulate the moisture in your skin and create a barrier from other impurities.
Like all things, you may not see immediate results when you first start to try reducing your pore size. We would love to read what tips you have for reducing pores so leave a comment below.
*Please note that there are merely recommendations and should not be taken as medical advice. Please seek appropriate medical advice for proper diagnosis and/or treatment.
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