There are various reasons why all of us have different skin concerns like acne. In order to understand your skin concerns, we must first look at the root of the issue – starting from what lies on the surface.
To put it simply, pores are small openings connected to your hair follicles. There are two types of pores: (a) one that contains glands to produce oil and (b) the other that releases sweat. It starts to become a concern when the oils that were produced from the glands rise to the surface of the skin and clog the pores.
When these pores are clogged from dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells or other pollutions, it causes them to stretch out. Other factors that can enlarge the pores include the loss of skin’s elasticity due to the natural process of aging and the loss of collagen due to sun damage.
With clogged pores come common skin concerns such as blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. If these inflamed pores are not treated properly, they will develop to become acne as the oil gland has swelled around the clogged pore. For those with oily skin, this is the most worrying issue as the increased amount of oil production from the pores can lead to acne and other serious skin conditions.
So what solutions are available, you might ask? Fret not, here are 3 home remedies to deal with enlarged pores:
1) Use a facial cleanser that contains salicylic acid
While salicylic acid is known to be gentle towards the skin, do not underestimate this powerhouse ingredient! It can actually unclog the pores, and removes the threat of acne from developing.
For those who are wary of cleansers that can cause skin irritations, Skin Laundry III Refresh Sapphire Cleanser would be the perfect fit for you! This light and refreshing cleanser will dissolve any potential clogs that lead to acne while improving the skin’s complexion with its blue gold extracts and sebum-controlling fruit enzymes.
2) Include retinol and alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs) in your skincare routine
Retinol is a popular skincare ingredient for anti-aging and anti-acne properties and it has two main benefits:
- Reduces fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores as it is able to boost the production of elastin and collagen.
- Prevents further acne outbreaks as it is able to unclog the pores while controlling the production of oil.
AHAs, on the other hand, reduces inflammation and removes dead skin cells while stimulating the growth of smoother skin. This, in turn, improves the appearance of acne scars and gives the impression that the pores are smaller.
Meet Super Helper Mattifying & Detoxifying Serum! With a unique formula of retinol and alpha-hydroxy acid in a refreshing fruit enzyme base, it helps to balance and firm the complexion while keeping the skin acne-free.
3) Apply sunscreen to your skin
There’s a good reason why experts emphasise the importance of sunscreen in your skincare regimen. Strong UV exposure from the sun can lead to premature wrinkles and even to skin cancer.
In the case of enlarged pores, sun damage can thicken the skin and reduce the levels of collagen and elastin, leading to saggy skin.
Introducing Snow White Whitening Sunscreen Mist! This lightweight sunscreen contains SPF 30 protection and whitening and brightening properties, which gives your skin a healthy glow. In addition, it is quick and easy to use for its mist application.