Our skins cover our bodies from head to toe. The skin is itself as we know, made up of two different layers- the dermis and the epidermis. The skin carries out very important functions for our bodies like protection from the elements, providing sensation, regulating body temperature through sweating and preventing evaporation of fluids, aiding in the respiratory function by absorbing oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, and acting as a natural barrier against the absorption of water. Nerve endings on our skin also provide reactions to heat, cold, touch, pressure and vibration, regulating tissue injuries in case of any mishap. But in terms of skincare and beauty, we are really concerned with regulating the hydration, smoothness and softness of skin, as these are important factors dictating how we look and feel to the outside world.
Women are most concerned about their skin pores and want to reduce pore size, a request that is made every day to dermatologists all around the world. The size of your pores is determined by genetics. However the effect of various beauty and skin treatments can expand or reduce pores. When pores are clogged with dirt and debris due to neglect, they can really appear to be larger than they really are.
Using antioxidants is one way of getting the pores to revert to their normal size. Antioxidants in sunscreen also help reverse the effects of excessive sunlight, normalize pigmentation issues and help arrest the damage caused by free radicals that serve to age the skin.
Another approach that has come into common use by skin specialists is the use of IPL or intense pulsed lighting. This procedure serves to improve the texture and tone of the skin, but has the side effect of making the pores reduce in size.
Most of the skincare products that are used to reduce the size of skin pores are found to contain salicylic acid, and the main use of this acid is as an exfoliating agent. Where foundation has settled into the skin pores, it can be effectively removed by the use of a makeup primer. Primer helps create a smooth surface, and also has the effect of making makeup stay put, so that you have less of a hard time having to touch it up. Primer can be a blessing for those with oily skin, because it controls the level of oiliness in the skin.
For those that prefer the use of an exfoliating agent to deal with this problem, there is a choice of chemical exfoliating agents or natural ones, using fruits and vegetables such as orange peel, lemon peel and cucumber. Good quality scrubs not only reduce pores but also help in reducing skin pigmentation issues and make the skin shiny and smooth.
If all else fails, the best thing is to go to a dermatologist. He or she will give you an expert opinion on how to deal with this problem, and also look into underlying issues that can really help kick start a better approach to your skin health.
Skin pores are traditionally thought to help in the hydration and moisturizing of the skin, preventing sweat and dirt from entering. However, the size of skin pores has assumed new importance in skin and beauty care.