When Melmeko asked a very important question pertaining to pores, we just had to get it answered by NIVEA expert, Ken Lee…
Q: “As we get older our pores start to become more visibly noticeable. What is your advice to someone who is feeling self conscious about visible pores? Can they really be reduced or is that just a myth?” - Melmeko
A: It may be difficult, but the best advice when it comes to pores is to not spend too much time poring over pores! This can only make one even more self conscious when in reality, it’s something you would only fervently notice after you’ve been looking too long into a mirror – especially if it’s one of those backlit magnifying personal mirrors. Our pores are as innate as the type of our hair we have, and it would be best to embrace and accept that they make us who we are.
Our pores do become more visible with age. Our genes, external factors, and our body’s natural ageing process lead to reduced collagen, diminishing skin’s elasticity and thus making pores more obvious. However, it’s more of a change that only really becomes noticeable under intense scrutiny or if our skin has been particularly affected as a consequence of other more serious medical conditions. There is also a positive: those with more visible pores are more likely to have oily/combination skin, and this type of skin is much less susceptible to the wrinkling effects of ageing.
While it’s not realistic to reduce our pores, calling it a myth is not entirely accurate either. This is because there are approaches to make them appear less visible or obvious. These approaches should already be part of one’s everyday regime, such as cleansing, toning, and periodically exfoliating. Everyday cleansing and a weekly exfoliation (or a deep-cleansing mask as an alternative) – but not excessive cleansing – will rid your pores of dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria or excess oil, which can clog them and cause them to expand further.
Finally, let’s not forget that good make-up could also work wonders. The right combination of concealers, foundations and/or powders can cover and diminish the look of pores if one is still too self-conscious. In this approach however, it does become even more important to follow a cleansing routine to ensure make-up residues do not themselves lead to clogged skin pores.
Do you feel like your pores get clogged easily?