Can You Shrink Your Pore Size?

You can minimize the appearance of your pores, but because pore sizes are genetically determined, you can’t really shrink them.

Your pores can get stretched out when they’re consistently clogged, which makes them appear bigger. Aging and exposure to UV rays and pollution can lead to loss of collagen which can in turn increase your pore size. Instead of shrinking pores you can move to making them less visible.

Pores are genetically determined, depending on how your glands are structured. People with dry skin and fair skin tend to have smaller pores while oily skin and darker, more olive skin tones, tend to have more visible pores.

Glycolic acid often strips your natural oils and can be quite drying to the skin. Lactic acid is much kinder on the skin and penetrates the pores to gently push out dead skin, bacteria, sebum, and any other pore-clogging debris. By removing that debris from your pores, your pores will appear smaller.

Retinoids help increase cellular turnover and stimulate collagen production. By increasing cellular turnover, it effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, dirt and oil. Collagen also helps your skin look firmer, minimises the appearance of pores.

The best way to prevent pores from getting larger is to exfoliate and to wear sunscreen.

My favourite routine would be a weekly treatment of an Oxygen Peel ‘Most Revealing’ followed by a deep pore cleansing clay mask ‘Purification’. The Oxygen peel helps to re-texturize and correct uneven skin tone whilst getting rid of dead skin cells. Purification gives a professional deep clean which decongests pores, helps eliminate blackheads and reduces the chance of breakouts. Use this combination weekly to balance your skin and unearth a youthful glow.

Microdermabrasion is also recommended for most skin types. Avoid pore-clogging ingredients, like heavy oils, and look for non-comedogenic makeup and skincare brands that are specially formulated, so they don’t clog pores, cause irritation, or lead to breakouts.

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