Pore minimizers are products designed to try and reduce the visibility of pores in our skin in order to help reduce the number of spots that we form. Pores are the tiny holes in our skin that allow it to ‘breathe’, but while they are necessary, they are also prone to becoming blocked by tiny specks of dirt which can then lead to the formation of blackheads and ultimately spots.
If you were hoping for a product that would eliminate pores, then unfortunately I’m sorry to say you’re barking up the wrong tree. As stated our skin needs pores in order to breathe, so it is neither possible nor advisable to try and eradicate them. However what pore minimizers can do is to make those pores less visible and smaller and help keep them clean. This can then make them less likely to become blocked and to form spots, and at the same time it can help to reduce the appearance of the pores themselves – which can sometimes be somewhat unsightly when seen up close on their own.
How Pore Minimizers Work
There are several ways that pore minimizers can work to minimize and reduce pores. One way is to simply exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating products act as a scrub and can this way scrub and remove dead skin cells and dirt from the surface of the skin. By rubbing these away you can help to prevent them from blocking the skin and this will help you to prevent them getting stuck in the pores and thus making them appear larger and less attractive. Exfoliating creams are a skin product that are proven to work and that are simple and effective with no side effects.
Other pore minimizers use a range of different ingredients. Look for the following when purchasing pore minimizers:
Alpha/Beta Hydroxyl Acids: These acids are essentially exfoliating and will help to destroy dead skin cells revealing the healthier ones beneath.
Vitamin A: Often marketed as retinol, this can help to prevent skin cells from sticking together and this way you can make your skin tone more even and avoid clogged pores. When using vitamin A products be extra careful of sun burn as these can make sun damage more likely.
Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid is used to combat bacteria found on the skin which can cause acne.
All these are good ingredients to look for in effective pore minimizers – but don’t spend over the odds as any exfoliating cream will do a good job.
You can also treat your large pores yourself – one way to do this is with a sauna or a steam bowl. Here the heat can help your pores to expand and can cause you to sweat out excess toxins. Your pores will appear momentarily larger, but afterward will be less likely to develop problems.
Moisturizing your skin regularly can also help you to ensure that it stays supple and soft and this can help the pores to be less visible. Conversely avoid too much exposure to the sun which can harden skin and contribute to large looking pores.