Pores are a natural part of the skin’s barrier function. They allow moisture to escape while keeping other elements out. If pores are clogged, they can become blackheads or whiteheads, which can cause irritation and inflammation.
To keep your pores clear and healthy, you need to regularly cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise your skin.
Here are some tips on how to have firmer and tighter pores:
Keep skin moisturised everyday
Moisturising is key to keeping your skin hydrated and supple. The best way to moisturise is with an oil-based moisturiser that doesn’t contain any chemicals or alcohols that dry out your skin. Look for a product that contains ingredients such as avocado oil or jojoba oil for maximum hydration benefits.
Apply topical retinoids
The best way to prevent blocked pores is by using topical retinoids. For best results you should apply these products twice a day – morning and night – for 3 months.
Use essential oils
Essential oils come from plants and have a powerful effect on the body when applied topically (meaning outside the body). Many people use these oils internally for various health benefits. But they also make great ingredients for skincare products because they have antimicrobial properties that can help keep pores clean. You should avoid alcohol-based skincare products when applying essential oils topically because they can dry out your skin and cause irritation.
Avoid alcohol-based skincare products
Alcohol can dry out your skin and make it more prone to clogged pores. Instead, stick with gentle cleansing agents like water or toner that won't strip your skin of its natural oils.