Large pores are a typical phenomena of combination and oily skin, two skin types that tend to produce more sebum, the key to large pores. Managing the skin sebum production in harmony with your skin is the best and smart way to minimize large pores. Let’s see how.

How skin pores function

The skin pores are special areas where the skin can release sweat and sebum via a sebaceous gland underneath. When sebum production increases and sebum gets stuck in the pore, the fatty sebum produced gets oxidised by the air becoming hard and turning into a greyish and black colour. This hard oxidised grey sebum is simply a blackhead. The bigger and busier the sebaceous gland the larger the pore…

What stimulates sebum production?

The skin is such a fascinating organ and it is affect by several factors in relation to sebum production. For example:

  • Hormones. Testosterone is known to stimulate sebum production
  • Sweat
  • UV light
  • Stress
  • Harsh cleansing that removes all sebum. They trigger sebaceous glands to produce more sebum
  • Clay face masks that absorb too much sebum. Like harsh face cleansers they trigger the glands to produce more sebum as they detect the lack of it!

How to take care of skin pores

Behind every enlarged pore there is a busy and caring sebaceous gland. The key is not to fight it, but to understand it and to work with it. Let’s see how:

  • Clean enough without going too far by using a gentle face cleanser that does not remove all the sebum. An easy way to go about it is the skin tightening sensation, if it is present you know the sebum has gone.
  • Help to pores to stay open by applying natural salicylic acid. This natural acid can penetrate the sebum and get rid of dead skin cells helping to unclog the pores. Our iClear Total cleanser is a mild face cleanser that removes dirt as well as dead skin cells thanks to natural salicylic acid
  • Do not suffocate the pores. They do need to breath, therefore avoid silicones (pentasiloxane, dimethicone..), they are like cling film applied to the skin.
  • Relax and keep stress levels as low as you can.

We hope you enjoy our insights into the world of pores and our tips to minimize large pores. Please feel free to share with us any story or tips you might have about them.

Dr. Barbara Olioso

Dr. Barbara Olioso

I am Dr Barbara Olioso, and I am the founder of Forest Secrets Skincare. I am a professional chemist and I have worked only with natural and organic cosmetics since 1999.