There’s so many things that we can do and products we can use that will help shrink and lighten the large open pores but there’s also a lot of little mistakes that we could be making that’s actually making them bigger and oilier and causing us to break out.
1. Don't frequently use bloating paper
If you use it once a day (like before or after your work), that should be okay but if you’re constantly using it multiple times a day every couple of hours, it can strip the skin of necessary oils, which actually prompts the skin to increase oil production to compensate.
2. Don't forcibly extract pimples
We’ve been warned by our dermatologists and estheticians—don’t pop pimples! As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit and it usually results in an angrier blemish, blood, scabbing and even scarring. So basically, picking does a hell of a lot more harm than good.
3. Don't make the skin dry
When skin becomes too dry, it can become flaky while simultaneously producing excess oil. The flakes trap the oil, and together they trap bacteria and other impurities in your skin, causing acne. Invest in an oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin nourished throughout the day.
4. Don't over-exfoliate
Over-exfoliation can cause your sebaceous glands to go into emergency mode, where they produce even more oil to make up for the loss. To keep excess oil at bay without irritating the skin, read this complete guide on exfoliation.
5. Don't use ingredients that block pores
Comedones (clogged pores) can take the form of blackheads/whiteheads, and are caused when the pores of your skin become clogged with oil, debris, or dirt.
If you have acne-prone or very oily skin, it’s particularly beneficial to look for non-comedogenic ingredients. Unlike comedogenic ingredients, they don’t clog pores and allow skin to breathe, remain hydrated, and keeps it free from breakouts. Here’s a comprehensive list of comedogenic and non-comedogenic ingredients.
6. Don't eat foods bad for pores
Anything that’s high in sugar content is actually really bad for pores because refined sugar spikes our insulin which leads to inflammation, which also causes an increase of sebum production in our skin and that leads to clogged pores which leads to breakout and acne.