How To Shrink Pores and Why They Get Bigger With Age
January 18, 20203 min read
Pores enlarge with age.
Why? And what can we do to help them appear smaller again.
What Are Pores?
The pores on our skin are the openings at the base of the hair follicle which allow our natural oil, sebum, to flow to the surface and lubricate our skin.
Why Do Pores Get Larger?
Pores stretch due to genetics, hygiene, sun damage and diet.
You can’t actually shrink the size of your pores, nor open or close them. Nor would you want to. You can, however, reduce their look and improve your skin’s appearance
Usually, oil production begins at adolescents, and your pores may stretch if there is an abundant supply of sebum coming through the pores.
The neglect of proper care of your skin can cause pores to clog with sebum, dead skin cells and dirt, which also stretches the pores.
The cumulative damage of UV rays causes skin to ultimately lose collagen and elastin, which breaks down the structure of the pores cell walls. The skin around each pore is subsequently not as firm and collagen-rich as they once were. Firm skin supports pores appearing smaller.
The glycation process from sugar, refined flours, fried foods and alcohol causes inflation, breaks down collagen fibers and speeds up the aging process, of which one sign is enlarged pores.
We do have a solve! Good skin hygiene, exfoliation, retinoids, vitamin c, diet and sunscreen are all here to the rescue.
Good Care of Your Skin
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