Each pore is an opening of a hair follicle. Some follicles on the face are so small that we can barely see them, but if you can see a pore, it is usually because trapped impurities have made it visible. The size of your pores is mainly due to genetics, and while there is nothing we can do with our genes, we can manage the daily habits that clog our pores and give us those pesky blackheads.
We have decided to find out what daily actions can block our pores and prevent us from having healthy-looking, radiant skin.
1. Not using beauty products that containing retinol
Although it is impossible to permanently shrink pores, some skin care products can make them appear smaller. The best way to make your pores look better is to use topical retinoids overnight. Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which can increase skin cell turnover and help improve its overall thickness.
2. Holding your phone close to your face
Our cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. Phones work as magnets for bacteria to build up, and during the day makeup, natural skin oils, and environmental toxins build up on screens. Every time we hold the phone to our face, we carry these germs onto our skin. All of this can cause clogged pores and acne breakouts.
3. Exposure to the sun
The sun dehydrates the skin and causes the sebaceous glands to work overtime, making pores appear larger. Tanning can temporarily mask your pores and make them look smaller, but in the long run, it will do the exact opposite. Your pores will dilate and the excess oil that covers the skin will make blackheads worse. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen every day to prevent pores from becoming dilated.
4. Skipping the facial toner
Pores that are clogged with oil and impurities for a long time can become permanently enlarged and eventually even deep cleaning of the pores will not help to minimize them. Leaving your pores untreated for a long time can permanently weaken the pore walls. The facial toner gives your skin a daily exfoliation and helps to remove dead skin cells and impurities, thus preventing the accumulation and enlargement of pores. Skipping cleansing with a facial toner means not allowing the skin to exfoliate naturally and quickly.
5. Not cleaning makeup tools
Even if you follow a strict skincare routine, some of your lazy habits can still cause clogged pores. Every time you use makeup brushes and sponges, they collect oil, dust, dead skin, and residual makeup. If you don’t clean them regularly, these tools can re-deposit these substances on your face, clogging your pores. Proper cleaning of your beauty tools can reduce the transmission of excess bacteria to your face and prevent acne breakouts.
Have you been guilty of any of these habits? Have you noticed the impact they have had on your pores? Let us know in the comments below.