Gross warning: This post is all about pores and the gook that blocks them. But don’t bounce because of the “yuck” factor. This stuff is going to come in handy; I promise. So let’s dive right in.
It’s easy to stare at your face in the mirror and form all sorts of criticisms; one that crops up often (for men and women) is the size of facial pores. I’m not sure how we arrived as a society at what constitutes the perfect pore size, but everyone seems to agree that if pores are noticeable at all, they’re too big. I blame Photoshop for this unrealistic notion of what a human face actually looks like. Pores are not evil. They actually serve a very necessary function. Pores are the openings for your hair follicles. It’s also how your body gets rid of dead skin cells and sebum (skin’s natural oil). But pores can become clogged and cause all sorts of problems, such as blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. If you want to keep your pores squeaky clean, here are some pointers.
1. Exfoliate. This is going to go a long way with keeping your pores clean and your skin glowing. A once-a-week scrub means dead skin cells and dirt that your cleanser may have missed, is not staying on your face for too long. But don’t go crazy and exfoliate more than twice a week. You may cause skin irritations and breakouts. Less is more.
2. Leave the pimples alone. I know. We’ve all heard this. Why is it so hard? Well, maybe this will give you incentive to stop. When you have a pimple, it’s a little bag of bacteria and sebum (yeah, I know - I told you this post was gross) that is neatly contained in one spot. As soon as you pop it, you’re giving the build up from inside the chance to get into other pores and cause more pimples and clogged pores. I’m sure that was not what you were going for. If that wasn’t incentive enough, you can also get ugly scarring from popping pimples. Does that make you say, “No” to pimple popping?
3. Remove your makeup at night. I get it. The last thing you want to do after a magical night on the town is wash your face. That even sounds anti-climatic. But just like brushing your teeth, washing your face should be a nightly routine no matter what else is going on. And if you have oily skin (a lot of women with larger pores report having oily skin), it’s even more imperative that you remove makeup and the oily residue to avoid breakouts. Removing the shine of oily skin with a good, natural skin care system will keep your pores clean and will also make pores appear smaller. Score!
4. Don’t touch your face. During the day, you’re encountering all sorts of allergens, viruses and dirt from just about everything you touch. If you’re touching your face without washing your hands, you’re transferring some of that to your face, which, can clog your pores. If it’s hard to break the habit, try carrying all-natural hand wipes with you to keep your hands clean. Your face will thank you.
5. Wear a pure mineral makeup. This point serves two purposes: mineral makeup doesn’t settle into pores, clogging them and making them appear larger. And mineral makeup has a soft reflective quality that makes pores less noticeable. Check out our collection of high quality, natural mineral makeup.