Several factors can cause dilated pores, such as excess sebum, skin aging, sun exposure, and comedogenic make-up and skincare products. But don’t worry, there are ways to combat this unsightly skin reaction. Anne Nguyen, Anne Semonin’s Marketing and Product Development Director, reveals expert tips and the ultimate skincare routine to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
The many causes of dilated pores
Pores are tiny hair follicles which allow water and sebum to reach the surface of the skin. While most pores are small enough to be invisible to the naked eye, others can become enlarged. Increased sebum production (due to hormonal changes or stress), comedogenic cosmetics, or an ineffective daily skincare routine can clog pores, causing them to dilate. Pores can also appear to enlarge as we age, as if we’re seeing them under a magnifying glass. This is due to the skin losing its firmness and elasticity, which results in a collapse of the pores’ walls. Sun exposure is another culprit. It affects sebum production and thickens the stratum corneum to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
Oily skin types are the first to be affected
Dilated pores are generally located on the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and cheeks, and can occur on all skin types. However, they are more frequent on oily skin due to an excess in sebum production. But whatever the cause of enlarged pores, there is no need to panic. Achieving a more refined skin texture is as easy as adopting the right beauty routine. Deep cleansing and regular exfoliation are essential first steps in the removal of impurities, excess sebum, and dead cells that clog pores, explains Anne Nguyen. Effective toners have an astringent action that purifies and tightens pores while maintaining the skin’s balance. Achieving tighter pores is a question of time and of adopting the right daily skincare ritual. For long-lasting results, follow the guide below!