There are millions of pores on our body, but the ones on our face are the ones we will focus on today. Enlarged pores make our skin look uneven and bumpy, making the skin look tired and dull (smooth skin on the other hand reflects the light better, resulting in a more radiant skin tone). Hot weather aggravates the problem as pores tend to dilate with the heat.
In this article, we will be zooming in on age-related pores and how to prevent pore enlargement as we age.
Although the size of your pores is largely determined by genetics, enlarged pores will become more noticeable with age. This is because, as your skin ages, it produces less collagen. Collagen, essentially, tightens your skin and keep your pores in place, making them appear smaller. So, when your skin produces less collagen, it starts to lose its firmness and elasticity, and the pores become dilated and appear larger.
How to Prevent or Limit Enlargement of Pores as You Age
As you age your pores get enlarged and give your skin an uneven texture and tone. Below are tips to help limit pore enlargement.
Regularly exfoliating with a gentle exfoliant -at least once or twice a week- can help battle enlarged pores. This is because exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells clogging your pores and reveal the fresh skin underneath, which in turn prevents clogging and subsequent enlargement of your pores. Look to AHA exfoliation which offers a gentle option, suitable for dry or normal skin types.
#2 Hydrate your skin
Moisturised skin tends to be plumper looking, making fine lines and enlarged pores less visible. It’s not a structural fix, but the impact can be immediate. Look for a mix of active ingredients which will offer long lasting hydration: humectants, which attract moisture and lock it in your skin, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin as well as emollients (oil based ingredients) which lubricate and smoothen your skin, protecting it from external aggression.
#3 Stimulate Collagen and Elastin
Collagen and elastin fibers keep the pores firm and tight by supporting the skin around the pores. However, as your skin ages, its ability to produce collagen weakens and it loses its firmness, thereby allowing the pores to expand. To limit this, get dietary health supplement, and skin care products that can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, and prevent pores from stretching and appearing larger. Ingredients such as ceramides help pores tighten, helping the skin texture appear smoother.
#4 Stick to your Skin Care Regimen
Neglecting your skin care routine can cause oil, dead skin cells and dirt to clog your skin pores and stretch them. Ensure that you are consistent with your skin care regimen, to prevent the clogging of your pores. Use skin care products that contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, which can help reduce enlarged pores, by removing dirt and stimulating collagen production.
#5 Reduce Exposure to UV
Exposure to UV rays and several other environmental factors promote the production of free radicals and other chemicals which causes the skin to lose its firmness and elasticity. When this happens, the skin thins and pores will appear even larger than before. Apply sunscreen daily and take precautions, to minimize your exposure to UV and keep your skin firm even as it ages.
In conclusion, the changes that affect the skin as you age are responsible for the enlargement of your skin pores.
Alcheme offers a free online consultation, as well as personalized skin care products that stimulate collagen production and prevent the enlargement of skin pores to help your skin appear younger. Ingredients we typically use include wheat based ceramide, centella asiatica extract, ginseng root extract, babchi seed extract, hyaluronic acid and Japanese camellia seed oil for a holistic approach to age related concerns.