La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Clay Mask 100ml
- Unclogs pores
- Controls shine and cleanses deep impurities
- Absorbs sebum and impurities
- Prevents future causes of blackheads
Enlarged and clogged pores can be a cause of great insecurity and lack of confidence; however, the condition — which is very common and caused by numerous factors — has several treatments. One of the most effective ways to minimise pores is through the use of face masks.
On this page, we'll explain what causes enlarged pores and how face masks can be included in your skincare routine.
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Pores are tiny openings in the skin, in which oil and sweat reach the surface from their respective glands below. There are two different types of pores:
Oil pores are also known as our hair follicles, and can be large enough to be seen. The hair follicles allow the oil generated by the oil glands to reach the surface, lubricating the skin. Sebum, the skin's natural oil, plays an important role in keeping the skin moisturised and healthy. Oil pores are the most likely to become enlarged or clogged.
Sweat pores are very tiny and are rarely seen by the naked eye. These pores also play a vital role, as they allow sweat to travel from the sweat glands to the skin's surface. Sweat assists in maintaining our body temperature through temperature regulation.
An example of enlarged pores on the cheeks
The causes of enlarged pores can vary for each individual. The following are some common causes of enlarged pores:
Genetics — Sometimes larger pores simply run in the family. If a person’s parents have enlarged pores it is likely that the child will ‘inherit’ them.
Ageing — Enlarged pores are often part of the natural ageing process.
Sun damage — UV rays from the sun weaken the collagen that supports pores and keeps them tight, increasing the size of pores.
Increased sebum production — Sebum is an oily, light yellow substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands that help keep the skin and hair moisturised. Excess sebum production can cause oily skin, which often mixes with other substances such as dead skin, causing a clog. Clogged pores most commonly occur when oil, dirt or dead skin cells start to build up. When a pore becomes clogged, this makes it difficult for the oil to flow freely, which causes the pore to become enlarged.
Makeup & skin care — Common causes of dead skin and dirt are not removing makeup properly and having an ineffective skin care regimen. Failing to clean the skin properly and allowing dead skin to accumulate in the pores is a common cause of blackheads.
Enlarged pores tend to be found more commonly on the nose. This is due to the large sebaceous glands beneath the skin in this area. This increases the oiliness of the skin on the nose, making it more likely for pores to become enlarged.
Enlarged pores on the nose
Enlarged pores are also likely to occur around the cheeks and forehead. This is due to these areas being a common area for makeup application and the build-up of dead skin cells.
Facemasks work on pores by tightening the skin and unclogging anything that is causing enlarged pores.
Clay face masks are particularly useful for minimising pores, as clay clings to dirt, oil and other impurities, and can literally suck them out of your pores. When you apply drying clay masks, they also soak up the skin’s natural oils while they dry. This ultimately minimises the appearance of pores.
Face masks for pores are effective alongside maintaining an effective skin care routine. You can use clay face masks once or twice per week, but not on the same days that you exfoliate.
The antibacterial properties of activated charcoal can also help lift bacteria from the pores.Charcoalhas a gritty texture, so it can gently loosen deeply ingrained dirt particles while absorbing excess oil.
It is important to regulate sebum production and oil production. If you have oily skin, try and avoid products that are too emollient, as this can lead to clogged pores. You should also avoid over-scrubbing with harsh scrubs and stiff bristles, as this can sometimes create more dead skin cells that block pores. You can make your pores look smaller and prevent clogged pores by washing your face regularly. You should also follow a daily and weekly face-cleaning regime that consists of the following:
Here are some of the face masks we recommend for cleaning out and minimising pores:
La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Clay Mask 100ml
L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask 50ml
L'Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Purity Mask 50ml
The Inkey List Kaolin Clay Mask 50ml
L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Glow Mask 50ml
7th Heaven Cucumber Peel Off Mask
Garnier Moisture Bomb Green Tea Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
Vichy Clarifying Detox Charcoal Mask
Garnier Pure Active Intensive 3 in 1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Wash
Whilst face masks are good for your skin, it is not recommended to use them every day. This creates risks such as drying the skin out or creating irritation.
Whilst lukewarm water is good for your pores, hot water can inflame your face. It is recommended that you use lukewarm water when washing your face, as it can help ensure that your facial cleanser gets the into the pores and balances your natural skin oils.
Hiding large pores with irritating makeup can often lead to further clogged pores and problem skin, such as blackheads. We recommend avoiding excess makeup if you have enlarged pores and being diligent with a good skin care routine. If you have enlarged pores that aren’t minimised through the use of face masks and the right skin care routine, we recommend talking to a McCabes Pharmacy skin adviser about makeup options.
Many face masks that minimise pores are also effective at getting rid of blackheads. You can read more about using facemasks for removing blackheads here.
Squeezing pores can sometimes cause irritation and hyperpigmentation. We recommend reducing the size of pores through effective exfoliation and face masks. If you are concerned about the appearance of your pores, we recommend talking to a McCabes Pharmacy skin adviser.
Pore strips are designed to unclog pores and tighten pores when used continually. They will not make your pores bigger, however will bring any dirt or unwanted particles to the surface of the skin.
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