4 Dos and Don’ts of Pore Maintenance
Keeping your pores clean is a cardinal rule of skincare, but for all the work you put into maintaining them, a few common mistakes could be undoing your routine. See how to minimize open pore appearance and help prevent blackheads and other irritations with proper pore care.
1. Don’t: Wash Your Face Too Often
It may seem like a good idea to wash your face throughout the day—especially if you’re struggling with acne—but this won’t help your cause. Over-washing can cause your skin to produce more oil, enlarging pores and hair follicles, also risking more breakouts. Use a gentle cleanser no more than two times daily, and always follow up with a moisturizer.
2. Do: Perfectly Remove Dirt
The first and foundational step in any skincare routine is to remove makeup and impurities. Over washing is not good, but you need to thoroughly cleanse your face. One of the biggest reasons why enlarged pores occur is that people go to bed with their full make-up on. Make-up is one of the main reasons why clogged pores happen in the first place. So, use a makeup remover with high cleaning power.
Use a gentle makeup remover that doesn't dry your skin in your regime. If your makeup is stripping away your natural sebum extensively, this will lead to more production of oil and you can enter a vicious cycle of clogged pores.
Exfoliating your face helps rid skin and pores of built-up gunk, including dead skin, sebum and products. It results in skin that looks brighter and more lustrous. Just like you shouldn’t wash your face excessively, though, you should also exfoliate sparingly.
4. Do: Continue Proper Skincare
Temporary care will eventually lead back to the same skin condition. So establish an consistent effective skincare routine.