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With clean fingers, try running your fingers across your skin – does your skin feel soft and smooth, or coarse and rough? Acne and pimples are not the only reason why you may have uneven skin texture.
Take a closer look at your skin in the mirror, and you might notice that the pores on your T-zone are enlarged and congested. This happens when your skin is producing more oil than needed, causing the pores to expand with excess sebum and trapped dead skin cells. As such, this leads to a large and unflattering appearance.
Besides poor oil control, there are other reasons that may contribute to your large pores. Find out more below and how you can improve your skin texture for a more radiant complexion.
1. Skipping on sunscreen
You might have heard of this plenty of times – sunscreen is an essential part of our skincare routine. Yet, since working from home is becoming more common due to Covid-19, many people tend to skip this step with the assumption that they are safe from the sun’s UV rays while indoors.
However, sunlight can still penetrate through windows and sun damage can do more harm to the skin without sunscreen protection. Sun damage increases your risk of wrinkles, dries out your skin and enlarges your pores.
In addition, the UVA rays are known to break down collagen and elastin, two key elements that keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. This breakdown results in the underlying skin tissue shrinking and pulling your pores downwards, thus enlarging them and giving the appearance of dull skin.
2. Dehydrated skin
Often mistaken as dry skin type, dehydration is actually caused by the lack of water within the skin, whereas oily skin is due to the overproduction of sebum by your sebaceous glands – and dry skin is the result of low oil production. Hence, it is possible to have both oily and dehydrated skin.
Dehydration could cause the skin to lose its firm texture, making it appear rough and even flaky. The lack of moisture will not only cause your skin to look dull and less radiant, but also cause your pores to appear more prominent.
Due to the difference in our unique genetic makeup, some of us with oily or acne-prone skin are more prone to large pores than others. This could be attributed to the excess sebum production, which can worsen depending on our environment.
How to minimise the appearance of large pores
Although it might be impossible to shrink the size of your pores, there are some ways you could try to reduce their appearance so they become less noticeable and look smoother.
Ever heard of the double cleansing routine? It involves the use of a cleansing oil to remove your makeup before using a gentle cleanser to get rid of any residual dirt and excess oil.
A good tip is to steer clear of harsh cleansers which can dry out your skin. Use gentler products that can manage the delicate balance of oil and moisture in your skin while without clogging your pores.
Sun-damaged skin can cause less firmness, which makes the pores look more noticeable. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF30 or higher. Even if you are staying indoors nowadays due to the recent Phase 2 heightened measures, make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen from the sun’s rays that can enter your home.
Our skin naturally sheds off the dead skin cells on the surface, and sometimes they can build up and clog the pores. Products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) can help in the exfoliation process and clear out your pores so they will look smaller in appearance.
This type of blemishes is non-inflammatory, but they can still make your pores more noticeable and cause your skin to feel more bumpy. When mixed with sebum, dead skin cells and other debris, a plug forms inside your pore – which can be either a blackhead or a whitehead.
Clear out your pores with our Oxy Comedone, which contains skin-loving ingredients like niacinamide, lactic acid and witch hazel to reduce your whiteheads and blackheads. This product recently won a Beauty Insider award for Blogger’s Choice, raved for its unique formula to regulate sebum production and improve congested skin.
Our Oxy Comedone comes together with the Oxy Clear Essence Set at $78 (price before GST), which also includes 3 sachets of Oxy Blackhead Mask as well as FREE Auras Detox Facial (worth $180) to help you achieve a more rejuvenated and glowing skin! You can redeem this facial promotion after the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period ends.
With the right care and skincare products, you can improve the appearance of enlarged pores and regain a softer, smoother complexion. Our Oxy Comedone comes in handy as a blackhead removal treatment you can use at home to boost your skincare routine and get your skin condition back on track!