Among the many skin care questions we get asked, this one tops the list. Everyone wants to know how to shrink pores, what products to use, and whether or not the process is permanent. It’s not surprising when you think about it. More than ever, smartphone apps contain photo filters that blur the appearance of pores and make everyone look flawless. But let’s face it, pores are part of life, so figuring out what you can do about yours is our goal here.
Types of Pores
If you think all pores are the same, you’d be wrong. Don’t feel bad, though, most people don’t realize that there are two different types of pores. The ones you don’t see allow your body to sweat, which keeps you cool. Those other pores, the ones that bother you because they look enormous (but probably aren’t) excrete oil to lubricate your skin. Despite their perceived size, pores have jobs to do, so making peace with them is key because they aren’t going anywhere—ever.
Genetics, Hormones, Etc.
Pores appear to change size, and the main reasons include excess sebum production, hormones, and reduced skin elasticity. According to a study of 2,500 women ages 18–69 published in the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, every person in the study experienced a change in pore size between their younger and older years. Dermatologist Dr. Amy Paul attributes some of those changes to a drop in collagen production, which is normal after age 30, as well as increased inflammation from acne or rosacea. Skin care habits also play a role, so let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
Seeing Isn’t Always Believing
Pores don’t actually change size. They may look larger when clogged or when oil production increases, but they’re really just easier to see. Similarly, when your body’s natural collagen production drops, the skin becomes less elastic, which makes pores look bigger as well. With those two things in mind, you can improve the appearance of your pores by balancing the body’s sebum production and revving up your collagen machine.
Change What You See in the Mirror
To minimize clogged pores and thoroughly cleanse even the most sensitive skin, switch to Innovative Skincare’s Clinical Cleansing Complex. It is non-stripping, contains both salicylic and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin, and also helps heal blemishes and protect against aging thanks to powerhouse ingredient centella asiatica. If your skin is starting to show the natural signs of aging (i.e., less elasticity or firmness), then it’s time to consider retinol. Medical grade retinol delivers results that store brands simply can’t. Introduce low-dose retinol, like Replenix All-trans Retinol Smoothing Serum slowly and increase the strength over time. You’ll see results within 90 days as your cells produce new collagen.
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The next time you see an advertisement, or even a friendly post touting a “pore shrinking” technique, take its advice with a grain of salt. Minimizing the appearance of pores is possible, but genetics are genetics. And if you want to achieve real results, choose skin care products with solid science behind them. Our skincare quiz will help you get started on a path toward more balanced, healthy skin, and our friendly team will guide you every step of the way because your goals are our goals, too.
To good skin days,
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