We’ll start with the bad news: pore size is genetic, which means it’s actually physically impossible to reduce the size of your pores (thanks mom and dad). The good news? You can temporarily shrink the appearance of enlarged pores on your face. The key is combating clogged pores and nourishing congested skin. Here’s how it works:
Why Clogged Pores Equal Bigger Pores
Sebaceous glands and dry skin cells are the nasty culprits that clog pores. Sebaceous glands fill up your pores with oil, while dead skin cells hold onto the edges of the pores. Both trap debris and impurities in the pores, resulting in an increase in pore size that makes our skin look less even and smooth.
How to Unclog and Minimize Pores
Step One: Exfoliate
Include a good exfoliant in your skincare regime to clear the skin of both oil and debris. For truly smooth and glowing skin, schedule a professional exfoliation treatment at least once a month. Options include:
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin care procedure that gently removes the uneven, thicker outer layer of the skin. In the process, the oils and build-up that cause the pores to appear larger are removed. Microdermabrasion has also been shown to boost collagen development, which can aid in the regeneration of skin cells and reduce dead skin build up.
Chemical Peel with Alpha-Hydroxy Acid or AHA will dissolve dead skin cells on the surface of the skin with the added benefit of providing moisture to nourish congested skin. BHA is a similar option recommended for acne prone or sensitive skin.
Step Two: Try a Toner
Add a toner to your skincare regimen. Look for a product with salicylic or glycolic acid like Nicole Contos Brightening Pads designed to equalize sebum production.
Step Three: Spot Treat
Pores tend to be more noticeable on certain areas of the face like the nose and forehead. These are also the areas of the skin that tend to get clogged more often. Look for products with vitamin C, AHA and retinol like Nicole Contos Retinol+ to target specific areas of concern and increase the skin’s cell turnover.
Step Four: Use A Makeup Primer
A cosmetic base will fill in the pores, leaving a smooth surface on which to apply makeup. But remember that makeup can clog pores too. Be sure to use a cleanser like Nicole Contos Soothing Cleanser at the end of the day to make sure your makeup (and the dirt and debris from the day) are fully removed.
For more information on Smooth Synergy exfoliation treatments including Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels, or to book a treatment, reach one of our experts in beauty at 212-397-0111. We look forward to hearing from you.