How to deal with large pores

Often, when skin pores become larger, it is often that they appear to be larger rather than actually having increased in size.  Pores, of course, are vital to healthy skin and keep it nourished with the body’s natural oils, but sometimes this process can get out of balance.

Factors contributing to larger looking pores include a buildup of dead skin cells around the edge of the pore, overproduction of oil from the oil glands, and makeup.

Before having to resort to laser treatments, there are other remedies to larger looking pores. Exfoliating to get rid of the dead skin cells will help greatly, but use an AHA gel instead of mechanical exfoliation.  Start with a good retinol cream – retinol is a wonderful product, not only as a wrinkle reducer, but also for its exfoliation properties.

Microdermabrasion exfoliates your skin, of course, but a chemically based exfoliator such as retinol typically works deeper.  We recommend our ReNew Youth™ retinol cream be used each night. With 1.0% retinol, ReNew Youth™ is the most potent retinol cream available with without a doctor’s prescription.

As tolerance allows, in the morning 2-3 times a week, use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) exfoliator such as the Exfoliate Me™ 10% gel cleanser.  An important note: exfoliation with any product will increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so use a good broad spectrum sunblock every day.

Larger looking pores can be also be cause by your skin’s over-production of oil.  Interestingly, this can happen with skin that needs more moisture as the oil glands over-secrete oil to compensate for dry skin.  Maximum Moisture™, with the highest effective concentration of hyaluronic acid, is an excellent moisturizer; you should use it in the morning after cleansing your face. The formulation of ReNew Youth™ retinol cream includes hyaluronic acid, so you will not need to use it in combination with another moisturizer.

Another factor that can possibly make your pores look larger is makeup. Some foundations may actually increase the apparent pore size; in particular, avoid any liquid makeup. You might experiment with different makeup to see which one works best, and often, “less is more.”