Women and men spend millions of dollars every year to look better and younger. Among those products, pore minimizers---lotions, creams, makeup, and facial masques---are gaining popularity.
What are pores?
Every person has pores, small openings in the skin for hair follicles, oil glands and sweat glands. Pores can appear larger due to several reasons. Genetics, excess secretions of oil or clogged pores and age. As we age, pores can expand. Despite the promises of cosmetics companies, pores cannot shrink or disappear, according to David J. Goldberg and Eva M. Herriott, authors of Secrets of Great Skin.
Products to help refine and minimize pores are abundant and vary in price from less than $20 to more than $200. Though the products cannot shrink pores, they can work to make pores less visible. Cleansers and exfoliators help remove dead skin cells and clean out pores, making the appear smaller. Toners work to finish the cleaning and minimize pores. Lotions, creams and serums also can help refine pores. According to cosmetic expert Paula Begoun, the products do work. People won't notice the effects right away or even after two uses. It usually takes several weeks of continued use for the products' full potential. If large pores are a problem, combining cleansers, exfoliators, toners, lotions and even pore-minimizing make up might work best. Begoun warns to be wary of products that claim to shrink or make pores disappear.
Several ingredients in pore minimizing products are behind the claims. Read the label before buying a product. Azelaic acid, a naturally occurring acid that's found in grains and wheat, has properties that can exfoliate and clean out pores. Vitamin A and E are often found in pore minimizing treatments as Retin-A and Retin. Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy are touted as having restorative properties and are popular in products that erase aging symptoms such as wrinkles or large pores.
Following a daily personal skin routine is the best prevention of enlarged pores. Pores can get larger by continued squeezing---something that people tend to do to unblock pores and remove blackheads. Gentle exfoliation with a facial scrub or a facial masque and the use of toner can refine and minimize pores.
Refining and minimizing pores by cleaning and removing dead skin can make a person look younger, Goldberg and Herriott write. Looking younger often gives people a boost in self-confidence.