I pore is an opening of a hair follicle. Some follicles on the face are so tiny, we can barely see them, but if you can see a pore, it’s usually because trapped impurities have made it visible. The size of your pores is mostly due to genetics, and although there’s nothing we can do about our genes, we can manage daily habits that clog our pores and give us those annoying blackheads.
We at Bright Side have decided to find out which daily actions can block our pores and stand in the way of us getting healthy and radiant looking skin.
1. Not using beauty products that contain retinol
Although it is impossible to permanently reduce pores, some skincare products may make them look smaller. The best way to improve the appearance of your pores is to use topical retinoids at night. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and can increase the renewal of skin cells, which helps to improve the overall thickness of the skin. If you give up products containing retinol, your skin may have a harder time removing oily plugs from pores.
2. Holding your phone close to your face
Our mobile phones carry ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats. Phones serve as magnets for build-ups and bacteria, and throughout the day, makeup, natural skin oils, and environmental toxins accumulate on our screens. Every time we hold the phone close to our face, we bring these germs to our skin. This can cause pores to be blocked and rashes.
3. Being exposed to the sun
The sun dehydrates your skin and causes the sebaceous glands to work to excess, making the pores look bigger. Tanning can temporarily mask pores and make them look smaller, but in the long run, it will do exactly the opposite. Your pores will widen and the excess sebum that clogs the skin will make the blackheads even worse. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen every day to prevent pores from getting bigger.
4. Skipping toner
Pores that are clogged with oil and impurities for a long time can stretch permanently, and ultimately, even a deep cleansing of pores will not help minimize them. Leaving pores untreated for a long time can permanently weaken the lining of pores. The tonic provides your skin with daily exfoliation and helps remove dead cells and impurities to prevent build-up and enlargement of pores. Skipping the tonic means not allowing your skin to exfoliate naturally and quickly.
5. Not cleaning your makeup tools
Even if you follow a strict skincare routine, some of your lazy habits can still cause clogged pores. Every time you use your makeup brushes and sponges, they accumulate oil, dust, dead skin, and makeup residue. If you don’t clean them regularly, these tools can re-deposit these substances on your face, clogging pores. A good cleansing of your beauty tools can reduce the transmission of excess bacteria on your face and prevent rashes.
6. Using hair products that contain oil
When hair care products contain oil, it can find their way to your skin, causing clogged pores. These clogged pores are usually found where the hair comes into contact with the skin, such as the hairline, forehead, sides of the face, and neck. Even if your skin isn’t prone to acne, hair care products can cause breakouts. This is so common that there’s actually a medical name for it: acne cosmetic.
7. Wearing waterproof makeup
Waterproof formulas often contain loads of silicone. This heavy ingredient can congest your skin and clog your pores, not allowing your skin to breathe. Using waterproof makeup on a daily basis isn’t recommended as it can aggravate acne-prone skin and is more difficult to remove.
Have you been guilty of any of these habits? Have you noticed the impact they’ve had on your pores?