Nobody likes having pore problems. Nobody. But, they are alas a fact of life for many oily-skinned folk and can sometimes even affect the more sebaceously blessed amongst us. But, what causes enlarged pores in the first place, and what can we do to battle this skin-demon?
Why do pores become enlarged?
As we know, oil production in the skin is largely determined by hormones i.e. they help to regulate how much sebum is produced. If for example, your oil glands produce a “normal” amount of sebum, it should easily pass through your pores and spread over the surface of your skin. If however, they produce excess sebum, then the oil can mix with other substances in the pore (like dead skin cells), causing it to clog, preventing oil from flowing freely and ultimately resulting in the pore becoming enlarged (#sadtimes). Although the pore has enlarged to accommodate the extra oil, the oil can still become trapped by dead skin cells – and if this mixture becomes exposed to the air, it can oxidise and become a blackhead aka the bane of my existence.
But, it’s not all doom and gloom. We know that pores can be a pain in the proverbial backside, and by far the most common skin-concern for our customers. Which is why we have compiled a quick cheat sheet on how best to manage your pore problems (its ok, you can thank us later).
How to care for your pores
- I know it sounds obvious, but please avoid products that stimulate excess sebum production. This means, if you have naturally oily skin, then do not use moisturisers that are too emollient i.e. heavy, greasy creams. Instead, opt for lighter, gel-based formulations such as the Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Gel Cream.
- Also avoid products that dry out your skin or contain skin irritants as they have the unfortunate consequence of stimulating excess oil production
- Exfoliate regularly with a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator. Avoid those with microbeads, as they can sometimes cause pores to tear, thereby enlarging them further (basically the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve). We recommend Konjac sponges, made of natural Konjac and packed with mineral-rich extracts, they will deeply cleanse, exfoliate and detoxify your skin.
- Apply a clay mask to your problem areas once a week, to help to absorb excess oil. The Goodal Deep Clean Pore Glacial Clay Wash-Off Mask is the perfect wash-off masks for pore-prone skin. It contains Canadian Glacier Milk, Glacial Clay and Green Tea extract, which all work together to purify, deeply cleanse, and minimize pores. What more could you ask for?