The pores in your skin are important – here’s what you should know
In almost every discussion about skin care, the topic of pores is brought up. Some people think theirs are too big. Some covet small pores. And there will almost always be talk of clogged pores. But there are some misconceptions about pores that we’d like to “clear up.”
What are pores?
Pores are small openings in the skin (think of them as tiny holes) where natural oils are released to the surface of the skin. They are found all over the body, and each pore has a hair follicle. Yes, even on your face, you have tiny hairs.
Only the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet are completely hairless, and therefore do not contain pores.
The body uses the pores to send natural oils up the hair follicle and to the surface of the skin to keep it naturally moisturized and protected. This process can be disrupted by hormonal issues, stress, or other things that can cause the body to produce too much or too little oil – but in general it’s a pretty effective process.
Do pores open and/or close?
The size of your pores is determined by genetics. No amount of steam or cold water is going to change their size. They are the size they are – and it’s not something that changes. They are merely tiny openings in your skin – they don’t have the ability to open or close or change size.
However, pores can become clogged, which can lead to the appearance of them being bigger.
How do pores get clogged?
When your body produces too much sebum (natural oils), that excess oil can stay in the pores, causing blemishes and/or irritation. Pores also can become clogged with dead skin cells, as skin constantly renews itself.
That’s why it’s important to keep skin clean and clear of excess oil and dead skin cells by using a good cleanser and a gentle exfoliant – remembering that you don’t want to irritate your skin or strip the oils completely, as that can damage skin.
How can I make my pores look smaller?
Again, pore size is determined by genetics, and can’t be changed. However, keeping pores clear with gentle cleansing and exfoliation, as well as keeping skin healthy and hydrated overall, can go a long way toward preventing pores from looking large and noticeable.
Mellisa B Naturally’s Cleansing Milk cleans skin gently, while helping keep skin hydrated and protected. And both our Microdermabrasion Scrub and our Pumpkin & Coconut Exfoliating Mask can help remove the dead skin cells that can lead to clogged pores and dull skin.