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My Pores Are Huge

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Dealing with large pores is one of the age-old complaints women and men have about their skin. We can answer the question ‘how to close your pores’ very easily: you can’t. Contrary to popular belief, your pores do not open and close. What they actually do is stretch. Can you shrink pores? No, but the good news is that you can minimize the appearance of pores, even when they’re stretched.

Why Are My Pores So Visible?

Unfortunately, there’s no muscle contraction that shrinks or opens your pores. The size of your pores depends mostly on genetics and how you care for your skin. People with a higher tendency towards oily skin are much more likely to have larger pores.  This is because the pores on your face stretch to accommodate the secretion of the oil onto the skin’s surface. It’s like filling a balloon with water. As the balloon becomes full, it stretches. That’s exactly what happens to the hair follicle and follicular opening, leading to stretched out pores.

If you don’t keep your skin clean, your pores fill up with debris, like dead skin cells, oil, dirt, dust, makeup and more. That can lead to very clogged pores, congestion and breakouts!

Another factor that can dilate the pores is dehydration and inflammation. If the skin is dehydrated and dry, your oil production increases and the pores become dilated. When the skin is too dry it becomes irritated as well, which can cause the pores to “puff up” in appearance. When they’re inflamed on a cellular level, they appear larger.

How to Make Pores Look Smaller

To reduce the appearance of pores and prevent them from stretching further, make sure you’re using the right skin care products. Here’s how:

CLEANSE: The best way to decrease the appearance of pore size is to keep the pores as clean as possible with the right cleanser for your skin type. If they’re not filled with cellular debris and oil they will lay flatter, therefore looking smaller.

CONTROL OIL: Reduce oil production by using products designed to normalize excess oil, like Oil Control Mattifier, Oil Control Sleepwear, and everyday products specifically designed for oily skin. Make sure to moisturize and keep the skin as hydrated as possible. This will help keep your pores and skin calm while reducing inflammation and helping pores retain their normal size.

EXFOLIATE: In addition to using the correct products, make sure to step up the exfoliation! Increasing exfoliation helps to speed up cell turnover, soften the skin and eliminate dead skin build up that causes pores to dilate, stretch and look larger. Exfoliating also helps to reduce congestion that can lead to breakouts. Just make sure to read your skin care labels and talk to your esthetician to make sure you aren’t over-exfoliating.

TREAT: A clay-based facial mask will help vacuum out pore-stretching debris as it hydrates skin. Try our Kerafole purging mask or Restorative Clay.

If you have any more questions about what causes enlarged pores and how to minimize their appearance, comment below!


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Comments (6)

Liz Halpen says:
Aug 31, 2015

Thanks to Alba in Myrtle Beach, SC., I have been using BioElement products for the past 2 yrs and have seen a great improvement.
It was recommended that I use a Gel mask ( I have sensitive skin and use products for sensitive skin) – what is the difference between a Kerofole mask and a gel mask?

Thanks – I so enjoy your tips.

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Sep 1, 2015

Hi Liz! Gel Therapy is a gel based hydrating mask that also feeds the skin with skin strengthening Chinese herbs and minerals.

Kerafole, however, is a circulation-stimulating, detoxifying and exfoliating mask. It contains carrageenan, malic and citric acid, kelp and other natural ingredients that detox and exfoliate your skin at the same time. If you are sensitive, you can definitely benefit from Gel Therapy Mask. Kerafole being much more stimulating, might be too much of a good thing for your delicate skin.

Katie says:
Nov 30, 2015

Hi! I am considering adding Oil Control Sleepwear to my current Bioelements routine. I am new to the world of retinol products, so I am unsure how my sensitive skin will react. Do you know what the percentage of retinol is in this product, or if it would be appropriate for semi sensitive skin? Thanks a bunch!

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Dec 1, 2015

Hi Katie, Oil Control Sleepwear is a wonderful product to help clients with aging concerns that also have an oily skin type. This product does help to regulate and normalize oil production in the skin. It is appropriate for all skin types and I see no reason why someone with a sensitive skin can’t use it. If there are concerns, give them a sample first to do a patch test. As for the percentage of retinol in this product, this is a proprietary part of our formula. Enjoy and thanks for contacting us!

Marilyn Kolbiaz says:
Mar 26, 2016

I love Bio-Elements PSK and have used them for years! I am 76..but no one believes me. Thanks to God, my parents and Bio-Elements!!!

    Teresa says:
    Mar 28, 2016

    Thank you Marilyn! We’re so happy that your skin is looking wonderful and you are enjoying our products! We appreciate you.

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