Asked for female, 27 years old from Bangalore
Open pores are the dilated opening of oil glands concentrated mainly on T-zone and surrounding cheeks. They occur because of unchecked oil secretions at the younger age and get worse when your skin gets lax in old age. In this article, I have covered 3 important aspects of the open pores treatment:
Skin care regime
Home remedies Aesthetic procedures
Read further to understand what can be done by you to close open pores and when should you visit a dermatologist!
Open pores look like small pits, giving your skin a dimpled appearance similar to an orange peel and they impart an irregular, dull and aged look to your face. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for open pores. No matter how much ice you put, open pores on face dilate once the temporary shrinkage of skin recovers. Therefore, patience is the key. Follow the skincare regime given below for at least 3 months before judging the response. All the best!
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Step 1 Face wash:
Open pores occur because of unchecked oil secretions. You can either:
buy one of these oil control transparent face wash to stop this precipitating factor.
Make this homemade face wash for oily skin. It has one of the most potent natural oil absorber, Multani mitti or Fuller's earth along with anti-acne ingredients like neem and tea tree oil.
I know your face might look greasy few hours after washing your face, but, however tempting it might be, never wash your face more than three times a day because this can lead to oil rebound. Instead, use a toner. Similarly, always pat dry your face instead of rubbing it vigorously with a towel because even friction can cause oil rebound.
Step 2 Toner:
After washing your face, wipe off the extra oils and dirt that clog your pores from your face with the help of toner. You can either:
make this homemade toner by mixing rose water and apple cider vinegar or
buy Burt's Bees Rosewater Toner for very oily skin or Biotique Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner for combination skin.
Step 3 Sunscreen:
Sunscreens might clog your pores, thus you can skip this step if you stay indoors. However, if you go outdoors, use sunscreen with a least SPF of 30. It is critical to choose a lightweight sunscreen in the fluid, lotion or gel form to avoid development of new pores. For brand recommendation, check this list of sunscreens for oily skin.
Step 4 Makeup:
If you do love to put make-up then you can try the foundation or BB cream with salicylic acid, for example, Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream. Prefer thin or liquid foundation (that spreads easily) to cream or stick ones. Don’t try to hide your open pores with daily make-up rather restrict the same to important occasions and finally do not forget to remove your makeup before sleeping.
Step 1 Face wash:
Do you slip into bed without washing your face? You are missing the opportunity of removing the dust and dirt accumulated over the day that can clog your pores further. So, never forget to wash your face at night! Use the same face wash as in the morning.
Step 2 Toner:
After washing your face, wipe off the extra oils and dirt that clog your pores from your face with the help of toner. You can either make this homemade toner by mixing rose water and apple cider vinegar or buy one of these toners.
Step 3 Night cream:
Open pores occur because of unchecked oil secretions at a young age, therefore, you should use salicylic acid in lotion or serum base. Regular use of salicylic acid can help in reducing not only oil secretion but also open pores and white/blackheads. I have listed below few brands of salicylic acid based lotions:
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion, Vichy Normaderm Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion InstaNatural Acne Moisturiser As the skin gets lax in the third decade, shift to retinoids that can help in reducing wrinkles, in addition to oil control. Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA is a good choice.
WEEKLY REGIME On weekend, you can boost up your oil control regime by doing two-step facial that involves scrubbing away the debris clogging your pores followed by an oil control face mask.
Step 1 Scrub:
Exfoliation is one step that can help you immensely by removing dead cells clogging your pores. You can scrub your face once or twice a week with either:
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant scrub that has both chemical and physical exfoliants along with oil-controlling ingredients.
Homemade scrub for oily skin that is made by combining brown sugar and aloe vera.
Step 2 Face pack:
Face pack are one such skincare product that allows ingredients to act on your skin over a long period of time. And when it comes to open pores, they are absolutely essential to tighten pores and absorbing extra oils. Normaderm Triple Action 3 In 1 Cleanser is a salicylic acid based 3-in-1 product that can be used both as scrub and face pack once or twice in a week. However, do not use it daily.