We receive a lot of questions about how to reduce the appearance of pores. There is one common theme that we discovered - there are a lot of misconceptions and inaccuracies that are floating around on this topic. We are here to give you clarity (bad pun lol) on this topic.
The first thing we want to do is define what a pore is. People often identify pores as an air space on the surface of your skin, but they are actually the opening for hair follicles. The oil glands that are at the base of the follicle can cause the follicle to over-grow, causing your pores to enlarge, which makes them more noticeable. The original size of the pores is defined by your genetics and hormones – so there is nothing you can do about that. But what you can do is to try to keep your pores as unclogged as possible to minimize the appearance. Just keep in mind you can’t get rid of them entirely.
Tip 1: Double Cleanse
The best way to keep your pores unclogged is to make sure that you wash your skin properly. For a long time I used to think that double cleansing meant that you would wash your face twice, but that's completely wrong. Double cleansing is a Korean technique that utilizes two different types of cleanser (an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser) to properly remove impurities and effectively cleanse your skin.
Tip 2: Exfoliate
Including a gentle exfoliator 2-3 times, a week is a great way to unclogged debris, dead skin, and impurities to help minimize the appearance of pores! Try to avoid using harsh grainy exfoliators because this will just aggravate your skin!
Tip 3: Toner
Toner is one of the most underrated products for helping reduce acne and minimizing pores. Toners are used to pick up any left-over residue that you missed when you washed your face! It's shocking to see how much residue it picks and often makes you question if you ever really washed your face!
Your pores can open and close like a muscle
False. Your pores are always open, and you can’t steam them open.
You can get rid of pores.
False. The original size of your pores is determined by your genetics. You can minimize them but you can’t get rid of them entirely.
Your pores appear larger as you age
True. When you hit your 20’s you start to lose the structural proteins in your skin. Once your skin starts to sag your pores also start to slacken
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Thanks for all the useful tips. I have been learning so much about skin care through Kubra Kay skin care. Keep it coming!