The Myths (and Realities) of “Shrinking Your Pores” with Skincare

Many beauty sites and products promise to shrink pores, but that is a myth. Proper skincare is a better option for healthy pores.

You have probably seen it a lot in advertising—the promise that a specific product can “shrink” your large pores. It’s something that many brands and skincare companies advertise products that will shrink or minimize the look of pores. The problem with this claim is that it’s actually not possible to shrink pores. It’s a persistent myth that you can somehow change the size of your pores, and it’s important to understand why this isn’t the reality.

The Role of Pores and Pore Sizes on Your Face

Pores are small openings in your skin that provide essential oils to moisturize skin and keep it from drying out. The ones connected to large sebaceous glands (which secrete sebum oils) naturally appear bigger. These pores are often more visible on the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Pores also secrete sweat when your body gets hot, which is a natural method for keeping your skin cool. Without them you would overheat and eventually die.

The Myth of Shrinking Pores

The size of your pores is largely based on genetics. Just like your height and the color of your skin, hair, and eyes, your pores are part of your DNA. There is no way to make large pores get smaller, and no facial care products can alter your DNA, which is a good thing.

A quick online search reveals millions of results in a search for “how to shrink pores,” but these are all based on myths that are shared and persist in beauty circles. Common (but misguided) recommendations on shrinking pores include:

  • Using cold water or ice to tighten pores and make them look smaller
  • Applying products that promise to plump skin and try to make pores appear smaller

Neither of these quick-fix recommendations actually alter the size of your pores. They may temporarily change the appearance of pores, but within a few minutes or hours your pores will revert back to the way they looked before.

Caring for Your Skin and Your Pores

While you cannot shrink pores on your face, you can use products that will provide better care for your skin and improve your overall skin health. When pores are clogged with dirt, oil, and bacteria they get swollen and may appear larger than normal. Sun damage can also make pores appear larger by removing collagen, elastin and moisture that keeps skin plump and healthy.

Simple solutions for keeping your pores clean and healthy include:

  • Using a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to remove debris and oils
  • Using exfoliating cleansers regularly to remove dead skin cells
  • Cleansing with toners specifically designed for oily or combination skin
  • Using acne-safe makeup to prevent clogged pores and inflammation
  • Applying sunscreen to your face and neck every day to prevent sun damage

If you have questions about skincare and how to improve the health of your pores, talk to a skincare specialist at Skintherapy today to discuss your concerns. Book a consultation online to get started.

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