Sometimes I see Instagram videos of creams that make large pores disappear immediately. I find these videos incredibly satisfying. And that’s why I believed for a second that these creams really work. Until I read the comments where several people shouted: “FAKE.”
Although I know that large pores don’t suddenly disappear, I thought it was a nice invention. Especially because people often ask me what they can do against large pores. I think people might think that I am a skin specialist since I have so many skin care products. But frankly, I have no idea. “But your pores are small. What’s your secret?”, a date once asked. I don’t know maybe it’s genetic?
Now I have to say that this date had really large pores. It was one of his greatest insecurities and that’s why it came up. At least he asked about my insecurities and then he started talking about his skin. I really had no idea how to respond. And then I saw a pore shaped like a heart and said: “Look, at least you have a heart.”
And I have no idea why I said that. In English this conversation sounds even weirder. Anyway, I was 19 then and let’s just stop here.
Yet I can’t help but think about this story when someone talks about large pores. The good news is that I finally got more into it. So when someone ask me for tips on large pores, I finally have an answer. And I want to share this answer with you. The bad news is: you can’t shrink large pores. Large pores remain large pores, unfortunately.
What are pores?
Pores are the openings of the skin’s glands. Sebum and sweat are spread over your skin through the pores. The sweat cools your skin. The sebum protects your skin. It ensures that your skin doesn’t become dry and that it doesn’t become prone to infections.
With normal sebum production, the sebum is nicely smeared over the skin. But when you have more sebum production, your pores can clog. This makes them more visible. If the pores are clogged for a long time, the pore wall can stretch a bit. Therefor a visible pore is a clogged pore and sometimes also a stretched pore.
How to make large pores less visible?
I’ve often heard that pores can changes size just like that. For example, that pores can become very large in hot weather. But that’s not possible. Pores aren’t muscles that can move. So the pore-reducing creams that I came across on Instagram are 100% fake.
Some people use astringent lotions to reduce their pores. But actually the effect of this is short-lived. The lotion irritates your skin, causing your skin to swell. Your pores are less visible due to the swelling of your skin.
But what does work? If your pores are clogged, it’s best to treat it with an exfoliant, such as salicylic acid or vitamin A acid. Salicylic acid can penetrate your skins oils and reach the pore. It removes dead skin cells and sebum build-up. You can also make pores less visible through laser treatments.
But remember that large pores never disappear, you can only make them less visible.