One of the most common skin quality complaints is pore size. It seems like every foundation, primer, and concealer claims to reduce or diminish the appearance of pores “instantly” through using ingredients like dimethicone, a type of silicone that fills the hole left by pores to allow smooth makeup application.
The issue with these types of products is that they are prone to clogging the very pores they claim to conceal which can lead to puffiness, irritation, and acne breakouts.
Plus, many people actually are allergic to dimethicone and can experience acne breakouts and rashes when using the ingredient.
With all of these concerns with pore filling makeup, it may seem kind of impossible to actually tighten your pores without risking damage. Here are some safe, science backed options to help get your skin incredibly smooth and consistent.
How to reduce clogged pores?
Reduce Pores with Clay Mask
One of the easiest ways to reduce pore size is to keep them unclogged. That means tossing that pore blurring primer and ditching silicone based foundations which can be a pain but is absolutely worth it!
Aztec healing clay, a powder based mask that you mix with water or apple cider vinegar, is incredibly popular and affordable.
You should avoid “pore clearing” peel off masks, as these types of products can actually irritate your pores and make them larger, as well as increase your risk of premature aging symptoms like wrinkles and fine lines by tugging at the delicate skin around your nose and eyes.
Vitamins to Tighten Pores
Retinoids are one of the most effective forms of treating enlarged pores. These vitamin a based creams work like magic to treat acne, blackheads, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and a host of other skin issues.
Simply apply a thin layer and let it go to work. The only downside to retinoids is the potential for some discomfort in the initial stages of treatment.
Dry, flaky, irritated skin is common in the first couple of weeks when starting a retinoid but if you can stick through it you will almost certainly see dramatic results.
Can Moisturizing Skin Helps Tighten Pores?
Using a thick moisturizer at night can help lessen these symptoms, especially if used religiously. It can be infuriating but the results are definitely worth it!
Using suncare products like sunscreen can make a massive difference in the overall quality of your skin, including pore size reduction.
When you are exposed to the harmful ultraviolet rays, your pores can become enlarged and damaged, working against your efforts and treatments.
This is especially true when your skin is already dry from products like retinoids. Be careful with products and heed any warnings about sun exposure.
The sun can really do a number on your face and cause tons of premature aging related problems as well so always make sure to slather on SPF before heading out and reapply as needed.
How to Tighten Pores Naturally?
If you would prefer a more natural treatment, applying egg white masks to your skin can gently provide some results. All you have to do is crack open an egg and separate the white from the yolk.
Wisk up the whites lightly until they are smooth and uniform in texture then spread it evenly over your face and leave it on until it is fully dry then rinse well. If you want a deep cleanse, add in some lemon juice.
For exfoliation, add some oatmeal. You can also add pureed avocado for moisture or any other basic mask ingredient to give your skin a double dose of the good stuff. The options are as endless as your imagination!
Obviously, if you have an egg allergy this mask is not a good idea for you but otherwise it is typically an excellent choice that will show results with regular usage!
Professional Treatments to Reduce Pores
If you are at your wit’s end with your pores and have the money to drop on a specialized treatment, there are medical procedures to improve the appearance of enlarged pores.
As you age, your skin begins to lose its elasticity, resulting in pores appearing larger and more noticable. Laser treatments, also known as light mechanical exfoliation, can help shrink pores from the inside out.
Microdermabrasion treatments and spa level exfoliation can also help. These treatments can be pricey but will give permanent or at least long lasting results and are usually guaranteed to work.
If you have the time and means, going through these treatments could very well put an end to your pore size woes once and for all.
Please understand that though you may decide to treat your enlarged pores, you absolutely do not have to. Pore size is often caused by natural factors, including genetics.
Your pores do not define your beauty nor do most people even notice them. We are often much harsher on ourselves because we see our face up close and consistently, allowing us to notice imperfections more easily.
You are still absolutely stunning whether you decide to shrink your pores through an egg white mask, laser treatment, or to just leave them alone. Your beauty comes from within, not the quality of your skin.