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Pores Aren’t Lipstick


A question I hear frequently is “Can I make my pores smaller?” Before I answer, let’s delve into pores (not literally) and discover what they do. The pores we are talking about produce sebum, or oil that excretes to the surface of the skin from a gland housed within the pore known as the sebaceous gland. Whew! That was a long sentence.

So why are some faces burdened with large pores while others have almost invisible ones? Pore size is directly related to oil production. A high-oil-producing skin (oily skin type) will have larger pores to accommodate the flow of oil to the surface of the skin. A low-oil-producing skin (dry skin) will have very small pores because there is only a little oil that needs to travel to the skin’s surface. In between those two extremes are normal pores, which are neither large nor super-small. Combination skin types tend to have two or three sizes of pores…larger ones in the t-zone, normal ones in the center of the face and small pores around the outer areas of the face.

Then there are clogged pores. Caused by a backup of oil that forms blackheads, whiteheads and worse, this clogging cause pores to stretch open. If left unchecked, they will stay enlarged. A professional facial that includes deep pore cleansing, steam, extraction and exfoliation can help clogged pores return to their normal size.

There is really nothing you can do to permanently change your naturally large pores into small ones. Nor would you want to. It would only cause more oil backup, blackheads and breakouts. So what can you do? Use a toner like Bioelements Equalizer, or an astringent like Acne TonerĀ to temporarily cause tissue plumping around the pore, giving the appearance of reduced size. Exfoliate often with Quick Refiner to inhibit clogging. And cleanse twice daily with the appropriate product. Decongestant Cleanser was designed to deep clean oil-rich pores. Spotless Cleanser can work miracles for blackhead-prone skin, and an exfoliating foam cleanser can help pores look more refined.

So the answer is to take care of the pores you have and appreciate that they are the correct size for your skin’s oil production. Pores aren’t like lipstick that you can change at will. The pores you have are yours forever. Get a Bioelements SkinReadingĀ® to ensure you are using the right skin care to keep them from getting clogged, congested and stretched out. Using the wrong products can only make a pore situation worse!

Note: Have you had a Bioelements SkinReadingĀ® yet? I’d like to hear about it.

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.


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Comments (8)

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Aug 2, 2010

Having very oily skin well into my 40’s, I’ve finally grown to embrace my thick, oily skin and larger pores in my t-zone. At at least I’m not as prone to wrinkles! (See, there’s an upside to being oily). BTW, in your blog you perfectly described one of my favorite Bioelements SkinReading Techiques- how to tell present or past oil production by the size of the pores and where they are located on the face. It really does help to quickly determine the skin type!

Megan says:
Aug 2, 2010

I have always wondered if I could shrink my pore size, now I know how to combat the oil production instead.

Audrey says:
Aug 2, 2010

I know this sounds weird – but I feel the more I cleanse, the bigger my pores appear – especially right afterward. I don’t want my pores clogged – but I don’t want to see them either.

Angela says:
Aug 6, 2010

I notice that when I wear blush or bronzer with a shimmer my pores look huge and really clogs my pores. My skin takes a beating in the summer (self-tanner build-up too). I just purchased Quick Refiner and Restorative Clay from my esthetician and I love, love, love her for that recommendation! I’ve noticed a huge difference in how clear and smooth my skin is now. I use Quick Refiner every night (wear sunscreen during the day) and do Restorative Clay once a week. I’m now hooked on Bioelements!

Sarah says:
Aug 6, 2010

After years of being self conscious about my large pores, I have come to embrace them. Just like Teresa said, I won’t be as prone to wrinkles when I get older! The trick is to keep up a daily skin regimen and find the right products for you.. and Bioelements definitely is my choice!

Lisa M says:
Aug 6, 2010

Love this article. Just booked my first Bioelements Facial. The thought of stretched out pores freaks me out! Can’t wait to get the right product recommendations!

Joan says:
Aug 6, 2010

I can always tell when my skin is dehydrated- my skin feels tight and my pores look huge! but when I pump several sprays of Equalizer until my skin feels really wet, you wouldn’t believe how fast my skin looks more smooth. And it’s really true what Barbara said- my pores do appear less noticeable!

Josh says:
May 13, 2011

I noticed that prescription Retin-A actually combats the appearance of loathsome pores! The only drawback is extreme sensitivity to sun exposure and dryness, but with great moisturizer, sunscreen, and topical vitamin c, you’ll be fine :~)

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