Skin Therapist Naomi helps you understand open pores by comparing your skin to a bundle of drinking straws. If you picture a bundle of drinking straws and look through the straws holes, you will see that they are always open.
Drinking straws, like pores, don’t actually open and close, but they do shrink and expand depending on if you squeeze them. Pores secrete oil and sebum from the skin, as if through a drinking straw. Of course, if you have larger pores, you will be able to get much more fluid out at once.
"each individual pore does not have their own little muscle that will open and close it. However they do become blocked and expand through lack of exfoliation and a build up of oil in the gland"
Enlarged pores can be a genetic factor, but pores can also appear bigger as you get older. If you don’t work to boost your skin’s structure, then you will notice enlarged pores. This is because, as collagen and elastin in our skin’s deepest layer naturally weakens, our skin’s structure appears less supple and incredibly loose.
“As oily skin has a high production of oil, oily skin sufferers tend to get enlarged pores and you will see those around the chin area, nose area and on the forehead,”
One of the biggest skin concerns we get asked about is how to treat open, clogged pores. While breakouts can be frustrating, they can at least feel temporary. Clogged pores can feel, for some of us, like they are a permanent part of our skin! But that doesn’t have to be the case.