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If you have naturally oily skin, it’s highly likely that you will have enlarged pores. This is because when there’s excess production of oil, dead skin cells and dirt gets trapped in your skin, which causes pores to grow in size.
Unfortunately, enlarged pores are pretty common and can make your skin look dull and unhealthy. It may even make you look older than you are! In certain cases, it could also trigger severe acne.
But why does this happen? Let’s find out:
Here are the primary reasons for enlarged pores on your face:
Genetics play a vital role in determining pore size, so if your parents have enlarged pores, there’s a high chance you will have them too. Genes can cause your skin pores to grow in size, and open up around your cheeks, forehead, and nose.
Along with this, if you don’t take proper care of your skin, it can cause dead skin build-up and stretch out your pores.
The main cause of enlarged pores is excessive sebum production. Each pore contains a sebaceous (oil) gland that secretes sebum. And when sebaceous glands produce excess oil, it leads to oily skin. Although sebum acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin; excess production is a big problem. Now you know the reason behind enlarged pores!
Ageing is inevitable, isn’t it? As you grow older, your skin loses its elasticity, which can cause your pores to look bigger than usual. It also makes your skin look stretched and saggy. Enlarged pores are a natural part of the ageing process, as collagen production in the skin starts reducing, making skin less firm.
Tip: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can boost collagen production, in order to prevent enlarged pores.
Humid climate and increased sun exposure can reduce collagen in your skin, causing wrinkles and large pores. Collagen production is important, because it keeps your skin firm and healthy. Further, sun damage can trigger sagging around the edges, thereby reducing the water levels in the skin.
Every hair has a follicle, and every hair follicle is positioned under a pore. Pores are basically the opening of hair follicles. When hair follicles are large, your pores will also be large!
But you can shrink those pores by following these tips:
Most importantly, make sure you are gentle, while handing your skin.