Excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria can clog pores and make them appear bigger. Taking care of your face is crucial, but sometimes you can become obsessed. Though, it turns out that too much care is not good and some of our daily beauty routines and habits harm our pores way more than any external factors could.
1. Frequent use of oil blotting papers
Oil blotting paper can be a situation saver during hot days when our skin tends to get extra oily and sweaty. Though, using it over and over again will do more harm to your skin than good. In reality, a thin oil layer is necessary for your skin. By removing it constantly you force your skin to produce more of it. This leads to clogged pores and enlarges them.
2. Forcibly extracting blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples
Yes, it can be really satisfying to pop pimples, but it should be done safely. There is bacteria on your skin and popping a pimple exposes a wound to this bacteria. If you force a pimple to pop that is not ready to be extracted yet, you let bacteria get into the inner layers of your skin. This can make the situation even worse since the irritation will spread, resulting in enlarged pores and scars.
3. Too much exfoliation
Exfoliating helps to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oils that can block your pores. This simple action is refreshing and can make your pores appear smaller. Though, you only need to do it 1-2 times per week. Over exfoliating can lead to dry skin and open pores, that, without a natural layer of oil, will absorb dust from its surroundings. This will make your pores larger.
Also, washing your face more than 2 times a day will remove the natural oil layer. This skin is sensitive to outside dust and dirt, which can lead to inflammation and acne.
4. Letting your skin get dry
Dry skin leads to wrinkles and makes you look older. Also, dry skin causes pores to flatten out and look bigger. So, not only is it harmful for your pores, but it also makes you look older! Luckily, it’s easy to prevent — choose a good tonic water and moisturizer for your skin type and apply them on your face daily.