Taking care of the fundamentals is really important for good skin, and there’s nothing more fundamental than your pores. Humans have two types of pores, hair follicles and sweat pores, and it’s the hair follicles we’re concerned with as these create and secrete sebum. Pores can be problematic though, with people suffering from large or blocked pores, so we thought we’d take a look at five products which can help to keep your pores in order:
Blocked pores can be a particular problem for teens, because hormones can cause the skin to produce excess sebum. This fizz mask from Dermalogica activates upon application helping to open pores, decongest skin and facilitate blackhead extractions. Sulphur provides anti-microbial benefits to help keep skin clear. Kaolin clay absorbs excess oil and purifies the skin whilst apple fruit helps to hydrate the skin.
Alpha-hydroxy acids are perfect for resurfacing and retexturising the skin, and this serum from Elemis contains our flower AHAs, selastin and patented tri-enzyme technology. Enzymes are catalysts to trigger a cellular reaction, which encourages the breakdown of dead skin cells, which will actively clear and reduce the appearance of large pores.
Although this cleansing milk may appear light and gentle, it’s actually a professional-grade lotion which clears the pores of dirt and excess sebum, leaving the skin clean and refreshed. Active ingredients include detoxifying green tea essential water to help remove dirt and tighten pores for a clearer, more radiant complexion, sweet almond oil to leave skin beautifully soft and comfortable, and heavenly-fragranced neroli essential oil to help protect, repair and fight against dehydration.
This face mask from Jan Marini harnesses the power of retinols which creates visibly smoother skin for a radiant appearance, refined pores for a clearer complexion. The formulation also contains soothing elements which will calm the skin and ensure redness and irritation is reduced. The overall effect is smaller, clearer pores and a better skin texture.
Pollution can be a particular problem for pores, causing a build-up of daily dirt in the skin and contributing towards blocked pores and blackheads. Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant is a resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant is a must for those who are concerned about the effects of pollution and helps to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores.