Over time, the pores of your face become more visible. Sometimes you have blackheads or pimples.
To hide these imperfections you tend to cover them with makeup.
But you should know that it is possible to regain a smooth skin texture.
Here are 5 infallible solutions to tighten your pores and let your skin breath.
But before we get to that, what are pores and what is their purpose?
The relation between pores and pimples
Your skin is composed of two types of pores (= tiny holes).
- The pores that allow perspiration to escape (called sweat ducts) in order to regulate our internal temperature.
- The pores that are used by the hair (called hair follicles). Did you know that these pores also let out the oil (the sebum produced by our sebaceous glands) that hydrates, waterproofs and protects our skin? These pores are involved when it comes to dilated pores, blackheads, and acne.
Let’s see what you can do to tighten your pores naturally, and make your skin smoother.
1. Get to know your skin and don’t get the wrong cream
Everyone secretes sebum but more or less depending on your skin type.
If you have normal skin, it produces the right amount of sebum, unlike dry skin that lacks it.
If your face shines, you have oily or combination skin – only the forehead, nose and cheeks shine, this is called the “T-zone”. You then secrete too much sebum.
You must learn to channel your sebum production.
Otherwise, it accumulates in your pores and causes a blockage. Your pores eventually dilate, lack oxygen and become clogged.
This is when blackheads or pimples appear on your face.
To do this, avoid excessively greasy cosmetics at all costs.
There are brands that offer non-comedogenic products – that do not clog pores. I recommend that you try it out.
2. The vitamin A that regenerates your skin
Another active ingredient will help you aerate your pores: retinol (despite its disturbing name, retinol is only a derivative of vitamin A).
Dermatologists appreciate retinol for its dual action: retinol works both deep and on the surface of your skin.
As you get older, the renewal of your cells wears down. Vitamin A helps the formation of new cells and you will find a smooth skin texture with tightened pores.
As a bonus, retinol has anti-aging properties.
Indeed, it stimulates the production of two components naturally present in your body:
- Hyaluronic acid – It is used in cosmetic surgery to fill wrinkles, but we naturally have some in the body, even if with age its stock decreases.
- Collagen – It is an essential fibre of your skin and is responsible for its firmness and the smoothing of its features.
3. The action that gives you a perfect skin texture
How can you help your skin breathe more easily and regain a tighter texture?
By gently rubbing your skin, you eliminate dead cells that clog your pores.
Your skin is breathing again.
Try fruit acid scrubs that are known for their effectiveness.
If you have combination or oily skin
Overproduction of sebum clogs your pores faster. So exfoliate your skin once a week.
BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) are stronger and more effective fruit acids on these skin types.
These acids penetrate deep into your pores and soften the sebum that has hardened like a small stone. The accumulated “waste” will, therefore, be released much more easily.
If you have normal skin
The appearance of blackheads is rather occasional. But don’t skip a scrub every two weeks.
I, therefore, recommend AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) because these acids act gently on the surface of your skin. The exfoliation and fruit acid “peel off” the dead cells that accumulate in your pores.
4. Protect yourself from this, to avoid pimples
During your holiday, you have the impression that your skin is benefiting from the effects of the sun. You look good, your complexion is even.
But beware, this is only a short-term lure.
The sun dries your skin out, giving you the impression of healthy skin.
But in reality, UVB rays thicken your skin: the sebum gets trapped under your skin.
Blackheads and pimples begin to form, appearing a few weeks later.
Avoid the sun, only expose yourself to 20 minutes a day to produce vitamin D, but no more. The rest of the time, cover up.
5. For perfect skin, be careful what you eat!
Be careful not to overdo it and ban fatty, fried foods, refined products such as white sugar and flour (white bread, candy…), sodas and alcohol.
This type of food quickly increases your blood sugar concentration, which stimulates your sebum production.
Now I invite you to apply these 5 tips to tighten your pores. Observe the improvements on your skin and come and share them here on the site.