Pores are the conduit through which oil and sweat reach the skin’s surface. They allow the skin to ‘breathe’ and serve various functions such as keeping the skin cool, eliminating dead skin cells and keeping skin nourished, hydrated and moist. If you have Oily (or Kapha skin), the chances are great that you have noticeable large pore size. However, if pores get overly obstructed by debris (or clogged), then even dry or normal skin can appear to have large and open pores.
Which Factors Increase Pore Size?
‘Genetics’, ‘Exposure to Pollution’ and ‘Using Comedogenic (Pore Clogging) Products’ – are the three main culprits behind increased pore size. Most people with oily skin naturally have large pores, especially on the cheeks, nose and forehead. With constant exposure to pollution, enviromental toxins, and consistent use of comedogenic ingredients, pores can get blocked and congested with dirt, bacteria, oil, dead skin cells and toxins..and this can affect even even affect dry, normal and sensitive skin. Reduction in collagen production, and the resulting loss in skin elasticity associated with aging can also make pores appear larger.
Natural Ways to Shrink / Minimize Facial Pores
With consistent use of pore-minimizing natural ingredients and a minimalist skin care regimen, you can make pores appear smaller. Here are the 7 best ways to minimize pores:
1. Weekly Exfoliation
Exfoliation is neccessary to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt, grime and other foreign matter which can clog pores. We recommend Puraveda Organics Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub for Oily Skin or Normal Skin. This Mask/Scrub contains natural Papaya Enzymes and Micronized Walnut Shells that clear pores and dislodges impurities without being harsh on the skin. Honey, Lemon Oil, Neem and other detoxifying agents deep cleanse, brighten skin tone, and encourage cell regeneration.
For Sensitive Skin, our SBR Papaya & Honey Facial Mask contains only enzymatic exfoliators (and no physical exfoliators or abrasive) to provide deep pore cleansing, while also soothing and healing your face.
Our Exfoliators can be used as a Mask or a Scrub for 2 to 3X times per week. Learn more about ‘How to: Natural Pore Deep Cleansing’.
2. Using Sunscreen
It may seem odd that UV exposure can actually increase pore size. But not so odd when you consider how excess UV’s premature age the skin by thinning the collagen net, resulting in laxity, causing pores to stretchy and become visible. Now you have another reason to wear sunscreen year round, apart from protecting your skin from photoaging and sunburn! Use SunProtect SPF 30+ – our Broad Spectrum, Non-Comedogenic, Mineralized Zinc Oxide Sunscreen that provides the best protection from all types of skin damages caused by exposure to the sun.
3. Look for Natural Ingredients
Ingredients like Aloe Vera Gel, Clay and some Essential Oils work exceptionally well at shrinking pore size. Aloe Vera contains Zinc which tightens pores and makes the skin smooth. It also removes excess oil and dirt from pores.
French Clay, Bentonite Clay or Kaolin Clay draws out toxins and dries excess sebum from deeper layers of the skin, which helps tighten pores and make skin firmer. Learn more about ‘Mineral Therapy for the Skin’.
Some of the essential oils which can shrink pore size are Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Grapefruit, Jojoba, etc.
4. Minimize the Risk of Clogging Pores
Besides switching to a completely organic and non-comedogenic skin care regimen, you should:
- Minimize the use of make-up (especially when working out, or or engaged in other vigorous activities, as well as potential exposure to environmental pollutants.
- Never use silicone-based primers.
- Remove make-up before bed.
- Avoid touching your face too often.
- Use only natural, non-comedogenic ingredients (Learn more). Look for the key phrases – ‘Non-comedogenic’, ‘Oil-free’ or ‘Won’t Clog Pores’ on product labels.
5. Cleanse & Tone
The first step to clear pores is to use an effective Organic Cleanser that doesn’t strip the skins’ natural oils excessively. Wash your face both morning and night, but don’t overdo it. Though it’s a short-term solution, cleansing is an important step to keep the pores from collecting debris and thus stretching out.
Follow-up with an organic toner/hydrator, which is a game changer when it comes to shrinking pore size. Our Organic Toners/Hydrators contain natural Salicylic Acid (extracted from the bark of the White Willow) that regulates skin cells and dissolves keratin plugs which clogs pores and causes acne. It also contains BHA that gets into the pores and breaks down oil-based pore clogging impurities.
The Pore Perfect Kapha Regimen is specially designed for Oily Skin with Enlarged Pores. Pore Perfect Cleanser and Hydrator are oil balancing and complexion enhancing formulas. The products contain ingredients like White Willow, Rosemary, Green Tea, Lavender, Bilberry, etc. that treats skin pores and make them appear smaller upon regular usage.
6. Treat Acne
Acne and Pore Dilation or Size are closely related. Acne blocks pores which make them more noticeable. In fact, acne is nothing but open pores which have increased oil glands and oil production and larger deposition of dirt and grime which makes these pores appear larger in size. Adults who are prone to acne may have a great many blocked pores, which gives rise to blackheads and whiteheads. If you have acne-prone skin, we suggest you use our Ayurvedic Acne Treatment, containing pH balancing and anti-inflammatory ingredients that treat acne, unclog pores and improve skin texture and clarity.
You can also use On the Spot Blemish Treatment with the power of Clay to instantly get relief from blemishes and redness associated with it.
7. Replenish Moisture
Dehydrated skin can also cause pore enlargement. Keep your skin hydrated at all times by using any of our Organic Serums. These serums are quick-absorbing formulas that moisturize the skin without adding more oil to the skin’s surface.
If you want to maximize the efforts, don’t forget to help promote collagen and prevent sagging (which can further make pores appear larger in size) by using our Award Winning Topical Botox Formula – BioScience Peptide Complex. Being Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) and Peptide-enriched, it is the most effective part of any pore-minimizing treatment. Pro tip: Don’t use Retinol-based OTC products to treat pores (as suggested by many dermatologists).. Learn why?.
You can’t permanently change the size of pores, but you can actually make them appear smaller and more pleasing to the eyes by using Puraveda Organics 100% natural Ayurvedic Pore Minimizing products. Follow these treatments to minimize facial pores and make your skin look more cleaner, even, healthier and vibrant.