Enlarged facial pores can create an irregular texture and tone that detracts from smooth glowing skin. These skin pores are the openings of oil glands already in our skin. When these openings are extremely dilated, they are called open pores.These pores usually get clogged with dirt, bacteria, oil and, dead skin cells. When the clogged pores are exposed to air, they oxidize, and result in the development of blackheads, and eventually leading to acne. Inflammatory and active acne can also lead to the expansion of these pores.

Causes of Open Pores:

Overactive oil glands are the commonest explanation of open skin pores. They can also be associated with prolonged sun exposure and aging, leading to the loss of collagen (elasticity) giving a stretched appearance of even the normal sized pores. One cannot get completely rid of them as one needs these oil glands to keep our skin moisturized. But, it is likely to reduce and lessen their appearance.

Prevention Tips for Open Pores On Face:

  • Ensure that your diet contains adequate fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid foods that have a high glycemic index
  • Avoid milk products as they contain protein which on digestion releases IGF which is known for breakouts and hence leads to open pores.Tips to control open pores:
  • Use a mild cleanser, twice in a day, in order to keep the pores clean. Prefer cleansers containing Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid
  • Remove dead skin by mild exfoliating on a regular basis.
  • Keep the pores clear by indulging in deep-pore cleansing at least once in a month.
  • Always remember to wipe off your makeup before sleeping.
  • Apply sunscreen regularly.
  • Avoid oil-based makeup. Use water-based and non-comedogenic makeup products and creams.
  • Use lukewarm water rather than hot water to wash your face.
  • Don’t squeeze blackheads or pimples.
  • Stay hydrated.

Natural Remedies:

A lot of natural remedies can help you with your pores which include the application of ice cubes. These ice cubes can be made by mixing water with either rose water or green tea extracts as they are more beneficial for overall skin texture and glow.

Egg whites are great for fighting oily skin because they shrink pores and help to tighten skin. This egg white mask can be made by mixing egg whites with few drops of lemon juice blend them well and apply on face. Clay masks can be applied to tighten and shrink the pores.

Cucumber is a natural skin hydrant; the high water content of cucumber helps replenish the skin and tightens it. It is an excellent home remedy for open pores on oily face and skin.

Both besan and turmeric are equally effective in shrinking pores. Mix 1 tablespoon of besan with 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder. Also, add 1 tablespoon yogurt to the mixture. Add a few drops of olive oil to the mixture to make a fine paste. Apply the paste on the face to see effective improvement in pores. 

How to treat Open Pores on Face?

It is essential to find out the right cause of your large pores and then treat them accordingly.Your dermatologist is the best person to do this. He or she might suggest a range of treatments to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Few of the treatments that can help with open pores are discussed below:

Topical Solution - Topical tretinoin-based creams are available which can be used as advised by your dermatologist. These creams should be avoided if you are pregnant or lactating.

Laser Treatments – A range of laser treatments are available to treat and improve open pores. Microdermabrasion, Collagen induction therapy, Microneedling Radiofrequency, and Fractional lasers work by boosting collagen production in the skin. Radiofrequency micro needling is another advanced treatment that helps suppress sebum and also reduces the size of open pores. This procedure is particularly effective in managing the occurrence of open pores due to ageing.

Chemical Peels – As with lasers, chemical peels have also become the go-to solution to remove open pores. The chemical peels help to remove dead skin and to clear the sebum, increasing the production of collagen and firming up the skin. They help in controlled exfoliation and remove the upper layer of dead skin. This brings out fresh and rejuvenated skin from underneath and thus clears the clogged pores. Some popular and effective chemical peeling agents include – TCA Cross, Salicylic Acid, and Glycolic Acid.

Retinoids – Another way of reducing the size of open pores is with the help of retinoids, both oral and topical. This method also helps in tackling the production of excess oil. These medicines are prescription-only, and their use is to be supervised by a dermatologist.

Meso Botox - Baby Botox is injected directly to the pores which help in reducing pore size instantly.

With proper care and expert dermatologist help, you can always traverse to a beautiful and flawless skin.

Keep Glowing Keep Healthy!