Large pores and oily skin almost always go together, making the skin prone to acne breakouts as the skin produces excess sebum (the skin’s natural oil). While this is a common and stubborn problem among many of us, as MS. MATHAHLE STOFILE explains, all is not completely lost.
The reasons for the overproduction of sebum vary, from genetics to hormonal. That is, the higher the testosterone levels the more sebum the skin tends to produce. Black skin generally produces more collagen and natural oils, which is why we develop fine lines and wrinkles later in life. Dry skin will develop fine lines and wrinkles earlier as it produces less oil and collagen. Once the skin’s pores get clogged with oil, they appear enlarged and what eventually happens is the clogged pore becomes a whitehead, blackhead or a pimple. But fear not, we have some solutions for you.
Solution 1 (The convenient route): Get a good scrub or exfoliator as well as a treatment product to keep the excess oil at bay.
– Clinique Men’s Facial Scrub*: Use this once to three times a week concentrating on circular movements around the affected areas (usually around the nose and chin areas)
– Treatment: Clinique Acne Solution Oil-Control Cleansing Mask* – apply it to cleansed skin, leave on for five minutes and rinse off with cool water. Apply once a week in the evenings.
*Using the scrub and the mask in one go may be a bit much. Alternate the products and see how your skin feels.
Solution 2 (The natural route): Apple cider vinegar
It is probably in your pantry right now and you didn’t even know it. Here’s the recipe:
– 1:1 apple cider vinegar and water.
– Cleanse skin with a foaming or gel cleanser. Pat skin dry.
– Dab some cotton wool in the vinegar and water mixture and gently swipe over the large pores (usually around the nose, forehead and chin).
– Leave for about ten minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
– Apply moisturizer.
Do this every other evening before bed and you will notice your skin becoming less oily and pores appearing tighter.
Solution 3 (The modern route): Microdermabrasion facial
Benefits of a microdermabrasion include the improvement of: mild acne scars, uneven skin tone, oily skin, dull skin, clogged pores, enlarged pores and fine lines.
The treatment also enhances circulation and lymph flow in the skin.
*Done by a dermatologist, aesthetic doctor or plastic surgeon
Also consider getting a cleansing brush (yes, we know, but trust us) as it can be used at home and will address the same concerns as a microdermabrasion would. We recommend Clinique and Clarisonic brushes.