It’s common to focus on zits yet specific care and attention needs to be given to your pores. If you don’t treat your pores right they can become enlarged pores and/or clogged pores which may result in a zit flare-up. Pores are usually invisible and each pore there is a corresponding hair follicle. On average, men and women have 5 million hairs on their body yet only a small fraction of the hairs are visible to the naked eye. Even though pores are barely visible, the buildup of bacteria and dead skin can make pores look bigger than they actually are. Learn how to reduce the appearance of pores and to prevent clogged pores for healthier, smoother skin.
Petroleum jelly, known as vaseline, has a strong reputation of softening the rough skin of hands and feet as well as protecting against windburn and chapping. Yet it’s a common belief that vaseline will clog pores. Even dermatology resources advises not to use vaseline on zit-prone facial skin. Yet the vaseline’s pore-clogging reputation is a myth. Petroleum jelly is classified as a non-comedogenic or in other words it is classified as a product that does not clog pores. The non-comedogenic label is also given to light, non-greasy moisturizers too.
Jojoba is described as the perfect moisturizer since it is absorbed by the skin and it will not clog pores. Jojoba oil binds to sebum and impurities, has antibacterial properties, will sooth irritated skin and flush out pores.
In addition to being non-comedogenic, shea butter will reduce acne scarring. Shea butter contains fatty acids and vitamins that penetrates the skin, promotes skin healing and protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If deprived of moisture, your facial skin will produce excess sebum to counteract the lack of moisture. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that prevents the excess production of sebum which can clog pores.
While olive oil will not unclog pores, it will help enlarged pores from getting clogged. Massage olive oil onto your face and apply a hot steam washcloth to open up your pores. After a few minutes of the soothing steam treatment, use the facecloth to gently scrub your face for a natural exfoliation.
Virgin coconut oil contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, breaks down sebum to unclog clogged pores. Refined coconut oils do not have the same beneficial properties and will clog your pores. A way to identify refined coconut oil is by looking for the label ‘hydrogenated’.
A native of Morroco, Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants (tocopherols) and is rich in unsaturated fatty acids omega-9 (oleic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid). Sterolins, a plant sterol, found in argan, reduces inflammation and irritation and soothes dry skin.
Baby Oil & Mineral Oil
Baby oil is basically mineral oil with an added pleasant, appealing fragrance.
Purified mineral oil alone does not result in clogged pores. Since mineral oil has occlusive properties if combined with comedogenic, or pore-clogging ingredients, the mineral oil can exacerbate the negative effects of the added ingredients.
It’s important to be aware of the different grades of mineral oil, since contaminants not removed during purification can clog pores. While most cosmetic grade mineral oil have gone through the purification process it’s best to carefully choose a high-grade purified mineral oil to ensure that it does not contain any contaminants.
Clogged pores happen when glands over-produce sebum. Almond oil contains fatty acids that dissolve fatty sebum in clogged pores and even reduce zit flare-ups.
Aloe vera gel or juice may be used to reduce enlarged pores and moisturize your skin.
Apply the aloe vera gel to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat your skin dry. Create a toning mask by mixing 1/4 cup aloe gel or aloe juice with 1 egg white. apply to your skin allow to dry. Rinse you skin with cool water and pat dry. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
Clogged pores can result from diet, stress, hormones, climate and skin care products. While cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer, it may clog the pores of oily skin. If you have dry skin or combination skin, you may use cocoa butter in small amounts on a regular basis for smooth, supple skin.
Like attracts like and oil attracts oil. In other words, oil dissolves oil. Castor oil is a non-comedogenic, anti-inflammatory oil that is very effective at flushing out impurities from clogged pores. It’s important to only use castor oil sparingly as too much can dry out your skin. Since castor oil is so strong you may dilute it with extra-virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil or with another natural, cold-pressed vegetable oil of your choice.
Whether you have enlarged pores and/or clogged pores, a regular routine of natural home treatments can minimize the appearance of large pores and reduce, prevent clogged pores. Not everyone responds to a particular oil the same way so it’s best to test the oil on a small amount of skin and if there is no adverse reactions, try the oil treatment temporarily. Learning to take care of your pores will reduce the incidence of zits and leave your skin supple, smooth and radiant.