Open pores have been the bane of my life for as long as I can remember. Even covering them up is tricky as makeup doesn't cover texture. The best thing you can do is to try and keep them at bay by using these three top tips.
When you have open pores, it's very easy for things to get stuck in them and clog them up, which, of course, lead to spots. The best way to keep them dirt free is by investing in a good exfoliating polish.
Make sure that you invest in one with salicylic acid as that is the ingredient you will need to get inside the pores and improve its appearance. It also helps to minimise blemishes. It's a win-win situation if you ask me.
- Use a Retinal based product
My good friend is a dermatologist, and she says in order to have perfect skin you should be using a retinoid in some way shape or form; Vitamin A will do so much for your skin. Even if you don't have enlarged pores, retinal can help stimulate collagen which will tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and roughness, and it accelerates cell turnover which helps skin renew itself and reduce pore size.
Just be careful when you start to use retinoids because they are so strong, and it takes time for your skin to get used to them. Your skin might peel and tighten as if you have been sunburned if you start on too strong a dose, so it's best to start with low concentrations two or three times a week and slowly build up to daily and then twice a day.
Also, it is SO important to wear an SPF of at least 30 but preferably 50. You should be wearing one daily regardless, but now even more so when you start using retinal.
- IPL or Micro needling
Although they can be extremely expensive, IRP or micro needling can have some amazing results. IPL works using high-intensity pulses of light which convert into heat energy. It's amazing for sun damage, scars, age spots, melasma, for refining the skin texture, reducing the appearance of pores and shrinking oil glands.
Micro needling is another medical procedure that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely, creating smoother, brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin. It is great for acne scarring, ageing and sun damage, lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and pigmentation.
The combination of these three tips will very much help to reduce the appearance of your pores. However, it's important to remember they will never fully disappear. The smaller they look, the better your skin will look, though.
What are your top tips for reducing pore size?