Pores aka Craters of Jupiter
What even is it?
Before we start… We need to set the mood and some common understanding. Pores do not open and close. Pores are not automatic doors. Pores do not have muscle around them so it’s impossible to shrink in size. You’re born with what yo mama gave you. Accept yourself. Love yourself.
Pep talk over. Now why is it that your pores seem larger than normal? That’s due to being filled with something called ‘sebaceous filaments‘ (SF). This is a combination of sebum (the ‘oil’ produced by your skin), bacteria (from your own skin and outside), dead skin cells and even hair. (Apologies for putting you off your next meal)
The only way your pores could become larger was if you used those ghastly pore strips or charcoal peel off masks and you essentially rip your skin up. What about steam facials you say? Well, the heat loosens up whatever it is inside to get rid of that junk and therefore make your pores seem smaller. Not because it’s opening up wide.
When your pores get blocked with all that gunk, (normally harmless) bacteria spreads and your skin breaks out resulting into inflammation also. (FYI People with acne are not dirty.) Unfortunately for them their hormones make their sebaceous glands act up and over produce sebum which leads to a continuous cycle of blocked pores and infection from bacteria leading to break outs.Here’s a quick understanding of different types:
White heads – these are closed comedones
Black heads – open and oxidised
Due to infection, these then become:
– Papule: solid round bumps
– Pustules: bumps filled with pus
– Nodules: larger and deeper papules
– Cysts: larger and more painful pustules
Now today’s topic isn’t about spots, it’s about reducing the appearance of pores and here’s how.
How to Minimise Pores (and decongest your skin, get rid of spots and wipe away your sins)
- A clay mask
- A cleansing oil/balm (that emulsifies)
- BHA (beta hydroxy acid)
- A sheet mask
Note: you don’t need to follow all these steps, doing any part would help with pores but doing all the steps will have maximum impact.
Step 1: Apply a BHA (acid) and leave on for 20 mins
Step 2: Then, apply a clay mask on top and leave for 5-10 mins
Step 3: Now, wash off and apply aaany oil cleanser/balm cleanser (it needs to emulsify! (Turn milky when in contact with water)) and leave this on for 15 mins
Step 4: Then massage gently for a few mins, not too long or hard (you might damage your capillaries)
Step 5: Lastly, wash off and apply niacinamide! (This helps with regulating sebum production and flattens spots)
Step 6: Extra: for dry skinned/dehydrated lovelies – apply a sheet mask directly on top and leave on until nearly dry (but not completely)! This will reduce the negative effects of the above steps as they are quite drying.
Enjoy that smooooth skin.
And there we have it! Have you tried this method? Would you like to? Let me know in the comments!