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Visible and enlarged pores


Visible, enlarged pores are the result of the opening of the hair follicles. These hair ducts dilate due to the accumulation of sebum, produced by the sebaceous glands.

This skin problem mainly affects combination and oily skin types, which are more prone to produce excess sebum. The pores, which are open, accumulate impurities, sebum and dead cells.
Visible and dilated pores can appear if the skin isn't regularly cleansed.
Hormonal changes (puberty, birth control, menopause) make the skin more reactive and act in favour of sebum production.
The use of so-called comedogenic cosmetics can cause pores to enlarge and become clogged.
The sun also weakens the skin's defences. The skin loses its suppleness and pores begin to sag and become enlarged.

With age, pores can also sag due to the loss of collagen in the dermis.

Gestures to fight against visible and dilated pores:

We recommend daily skincare products such as makeup removal, cleansing, and hydrating.

Once or twice a week maximum, we recommend a gentle exfoliation followed by a purifying mask.

There are also medical and laser treatments available. To learn more about these methods, we recommend seeing a dermatologist.

Active ingredients to fight visible and dilated pores:

Glycolic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA) are two active ingredients that eliminate dead cells. They clean and unclog pores. If you have dry, irritated or dehydrated skin, we don't recommend using these active ingredients. Keep in mind that they may be too aggressive for you if you have sensitive skin. After using them, we recommend that you follow up with a moisturiser.

Lemon, a natural astringent, tightens the skin. It can be used as a skincare product.
White, green, and pink purifying clay masks can be applied to the affected areas of your skin at least once or twice a week.
Contrary to the treatment against blackheads, we don't recommend steam baths- while they can purify and cleanse the epidermis, they enlarge the pores.