Enlarged pores

18 April 2024 - Skincare

Enlarged pores

You look in the mirror and the first thing you notice are your pores. Recognizable? Then read on and say goodbye to large pores!   

 
 
What are enlarged pores?  

 A pore is an opening in your skin. Through the pores, skin fat (sebum) is spread over the skin. This is useful because sebum provides a good barrier function. Without sebum, our skin becomes dry and prone to infections and skin irritation. With a 'normal' production of sebum, it flows nicely over the skin. If this process is not balanced, pores can get clogged. If this blockage remains present for a long time, the pore wall can stretch a bit. As a result, they become more visible. 

One has only large pores around the chin and nose, the other all over the face. Our pore structure largely determines which skin type we have. For example, dry skin has little to no pores, combination skin often has large pores on the forehead, nose and chin (T-zone) and in oily skin the entire face has large pores. 

 
How do large pores form?  

1.Oily skin  
People with oily skin are more likely to have large, visible pores. This is because the sebaceous glands in this skin type are overactive and produce a lot of sebum. With an accumulation of dead skin cells and excess sebum, the pore can become clogged, which can lead to a blackhead. Due to the pressure in the pore, the walls can stretch and thus lose their elasticity. Usually large pores occur on your T-zone (chin, nose and forehead).  
  
2. Less elastic skin  
As you age, your skin becomes less elastic. Your pores appear larger as a result.   
  
3. Sun damage   
Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause a thickening of the skin and damage our elastin fibers. Skin cells around the edges of the pores increase, making them appear larger. 
 
4. Hormones   
Women are more likely to suffer from large, visible pores than men due to the hormonal changes they go through every month. During menstruation, the skin often becomes oilier and the pores become larger.  
  
5. Heredity   
Heredity also seems to play a role. Do you recognize it in one or both parent(s)? Then the chance that it is also the case with you is greater. 

 
 
What to do about large pores?  

Removing or shrinking large pores is difficult. You can make them less visible, refine them or camouflage them with make-up. Some tips:  

1.Clean well   

Especially with oily skin, the cleansing process is crucial. By cleaning your skin properly, you prevent dirt from accumulating in the pores and therefore enlarge them. LOOkX Derma daily cleanser is the solution and helps prevent and treat pimples and inflammation without drying out the skin  

 

2.Moisturize 
 
In case of large pores, do not use too oily creams, because then you will aggravate the problem. It is best to use a light, sebum-regulating and pore-refining serum for the T-zone. The LOOkX Solution pore minimiser contains a special mushroom extract that normalizes excessive sebum production and reduces pores.     

 

3.Camouflage   

Do you use the right skincare products, but are your pores still visible? You can camouflage this with some make-up. It is important that you use an oil-free foundation or concealer.  
 
LOOkX Mat perfection foundation and LOOkX Natural velvet mineral foundation provide a matte appearance and moisturize the skin thanks to added vitamins and minerals. They are free of mineral oils and will not clog the pores. LOOkX Smart 4-in-1 protection primer can be used daily under your foundation for an even, matt and refined result.   

 

4. Exfoliate   

It is important to remove your dead skin cells once, or more times a week. You can do this by lightly exfoliating your skin or using an exfoliating cream. A product with salicylic acid is ideal! Salicylic acid loosens dead skin cells, penetrates pores and leaves them clean. LOOkX Derma skin polish pads contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid to cleanse pores, refine the skin and activate the skin renewal process.   

 

5. UV protection   

Don't forget to protect your skin every day with at least SPF30. LOOkX Sun fluid SPF50 is a fat-free emulsion that optimally protects your skin, even when you have oily skin.