Pores are a common complaint among women who seek out dermatology services. With anti-aging products offering solutions to shrink enlarged pores, more and more dermatology clinics are advertising this as a key part of their services and treatment outcomes.
If you are struggling with open pores, congested pores, or pores that just seem larger than normal, there are a few options you may want to consider at home before turning to a dermatologist for more expensive treatments. Using proper cleaning solutions at home, coupled with a few home remedies, you can often improve the appearance of your pores rather easily.
Cold water, or ice packs, strategically placed on the face, provide a great way to achieve immediate shrink of enlarged pores. While this solution is not long term, it can slowly provide an effect that result in smaller and smaller pores over time. In the short term, your pores will close in response to the constriction of tissue in the presence of colder temperatures. By closing your pores, your skin will not be as susceptible to environmental factors and makeup absorption, thereby helping to heal your skin and reduce congestion.
In addition to ice packs or cool water and compresses, using a clarifying lotion will also help to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. Much like cool water and cold compresses, clarifying lotion will not result in a long term effect to shrink enlarged pores alone but it will reduce exposure and damage to your skin from other influences which will help to shrink your pores back to a normal size.
And, of course, drinking plenty of water is important also to your health and is necessary to ensure that your skin is supple, hydrated, and kept in the best condition to allow for pore constriction. Without proper intake of water, your skin will be dry and your pores will not respond well to any type of treatment you receive – whether at home or in a dermatologists office. By first using these options at home, you may find that professional dermatological care is not necessary.
Sources: Ancient Secrets of Facial Rejuvenation, by Victoria Mogilner