Friday, 21 June 2013

Managing your large pores

Good evening Beauties....

This post was inspired by a question one of my readers Tosin asked me earlier today. The question was actually in a comment on one of my old posts on blackheads. Tosin asked :

"Hey Madam Chinazor, How are you today? Just passing by and i found myself reading your very inspiring blog. i must confess u are a good hearted woman, who shares her knowledge willingly and a funny one at that...wouldn't deny the fact that i have been smiling since.(May God Bless You Abundantly) I like this topic, though its been long u posted this, but like i said earlier, i found myself here. And i think this might be long. *sorry* I really want to ask you what i can do to my face. My case is different, in the sense that, The PORES on my face are VERY open.(My T-zone and both cheeks). Though i have an oily skin and i cleanse my face every night after washing. Also, i notice that whenever i scrub my face of all impurities, i get a silky feel which is normal but the pores are always very open, which i think isn't meant to be. It is suppose to give me a smoooooooooooth face. Sometimes, i just don't get the purpose of me doing makeup on my face because my face is just never smooth, no matter the foundation/concealer and powder i use. I still find the opened pores poking out in my pictures, which is so very annoying. Though i don't have spots or serious acne on my face, just that the pores are really open and i wish they can be reduced to a minimal so that i can have a clear and very smooth face. its even plenty on my nose and my forehead. I have been told to use cold water instead of hot water to wash my face, yet the pores are still open. Please advice on what to do, any special thing i should be doing to get rid of this VERY OBVIOUS situation. As i don't feel good about this at all. I wish i could send a picture."

Hi Tosin, i'm sorry i couldn't reply as a comment because my reply is kinda long, so i decided to turn it into a post instead so that others who have the same issue you have will benefit from the info i'm about to give you.

My reply :

Pores are small openings in your which provide a way for your body to flush out toxins, regulate temperature and moisturize dry skin, so they are actually for a good reason. Without our pores, we wouldn't be able to sweat, and our bodies would overheat, so you see? They are very useful....but because of the problems they can cause like acne, blackheads, how unsightly they look and the other stuff, we forget how useful they are.

Now some people have unavoidably large pores (genetically or otherwise). You can't shrink them permantly or make them disappear, but there are definately things which you can do to reduce their appearance and make them less visible

****First of all.... (I can't say or type "first of all" without hearing "go down low" in my me!)

*Takes a deep breath*

Ok, first of all, keep your pores clean by using a cleanser to wash your face twice a day. Pores get enlarged when they are clogged with dirt and oil, so keep your face clean and deep-cleanse your pores. Don't leave makeup on your face, always wash it all off at the end of the day. When cleansing, wash your face with warm water because warm water opens up your pores so that you can get all the dirt out. If you have time, steam your face. It will open up your pores and unclog them.....this is how.... Simply fill a basin with hot water. Then hold your face over the basin and cover your face and the basin with a towel. Stay that way for 3-5 minutes.

****Always exfoliate (once a week) to get rid of dead skin cells and prevent them from blocking your pores, inflaming them and leading to acne. This will ensure that you have smooth skin.....oily but smooth (some people with dry skin have large pores though).

****There are pore minimizing creams which will help reduce the appearance of large pores....they do this by boosting your skin's production of glycoaminoglycans which helps in firming up the skin around the pores.

****Use products that are labelled "Noncomedogenic". This means that such products won't block your pores... It's true that they are already large, but you wouldn't want them blocked too, would you?

****Use a good primer before applying your makeup, it will make your face appear smoother despite the pores, and your makeup.....flawless.

****A lemon mask or a yoghurt mask will help tighten your pores and make them smaller. Apply a thin layer of plain yoghurt on your face and let it stay for 5-10 minutes.....not longer than 10 minutes oooo! If you choose a lemon mask, drench a small washcloth with lemon juice and wet the affected areas of your face. Let it stay for about a minute, then wash it off. Do this once a week (either the lemon or the yoghurt mask). However, don't forget to to a patch-test first to see if you would react to the lemon acid.

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Lemon because juice contains natural enzymes that tighten and firm the face and purify and brighten the skin. Lemon particularly has the ability to cleanse and shrink the appearance of pores. You can buy lemon juice from stores or simply buy the fruit and squeeze out the juice.

****Eat citrus fruits like oranges or tangerines. They produce firmer skin and rebuild collagen, which helps to increase the elasticity of your skin and reduce your pore walls.

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 ****Lastly, try applying ice cubes to your face. Place the ice cubes on your pores for 15-30 seconds. This will have a tightening effect on your skin.....though just for a 'lil while. An alternative to the cubes will be splashing cold water on your face.


Hope one of the tips above helps you. See why i said it was just too long for the comment section? *smiles*. By the way, the above tips are in no particular order.....just glean what you can from them.

You're very welcome...


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  1. Nwanne, Very nice of you. Thank You so much for this post. i gained alot.*hugs* The name is Toyin. Besides, i tot i was going to see u @ LMUF2 o. was kinda looking out for u when u said u'l be there, Very exciting and fun gathering tho. Lots of MUAs everywhere, plus Things were cheap, as in the discounts really made sense. anyway, Ermmm u missed sha. i understand it wasn't ur fault, That Nonsense Lagos traffic kwa. Biko don't be sad, i know you wont miss it again. just prepare for LMUF3 dear. God be with you!

    1. I knew it! I knew I missed! Chai!

      LMUF 3 is officially a prayer-point now.

      So glad I could help you dear.


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