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Let’s Debunk These 5 Myths About Your Pores

Let’s Debunk These 5 Myths About Your Pores

Do pores open and close? How can you shrink pores? Why are my pores so big? Let's discuss some of the biggest myths and facts about pores and how they work (and a little bit on how to take care of pores).

Pores and glass skin are hot topics in the world of skincare, and there's no shortage of myths and misconceptions surrounding them. Whether you're worried about acne breakouts or just trying to achieve a flawless complexion, you’ll need the facts, first of all. Today, we’re going to cover several of the most common questions about pores: what are pores, can you shrink pores, and do pores open and close? Let’s debunk some myths, shall we?

First, A Little Background: What Are Pores?

Pores are tiny openings on the surface of our skin that serve a vital role in maintaining its health. They are basically just the visible ends of hair follicles and sweat glands.

Each and every pore is connected to a sebaceous gland – this is what produces natural oils (sebum) that keep our skin moisturized and protected. Pores are found all over the body, but they are more noticeable in areas where the skin is oilier, such as the forehead, nose, and chin.

Pore Myths That Just Aren’t True

Myth #1: Pores Can Be Shrunk or Eliminated

So, can you shrink pores? The truth is that pores have a fixed size determined by genetics. While some treatments and products may make pores appear smaller temporarily by removing debris and excess oil, they cannot physically change their size or remove them entirely.

Myth #2: Pores Open and Close

Do pores open and close? No. 

This is inaccurate because it is physically impossible. Pores do not have muscles around them to contract or expand. What you might perceive as opening and closing are simply the effects of heat (like when you cleanse in the shower), cold, or product application altering the appearance of the skin's surface. 

Myth #3: Pores Are Only A Concern For Oily Skin Types

While it's true that excess oil production can make pores appear more noticeable, everyone has pores, and they play a crucial role in skin health for all skin types. Even those with dry skin can experience clogged pores and acne. 

Myth #4: Pore Strips Are An Effective Pore Cleansing Solution

Pore strips only address the surface of the problem, and their aggressive nature can irritate and damage the skin. Instead, opt for a gentle, daily cleanser that can effectively remove dirt, oil, and makeup, preventing buildup in the first place.

Myth #5: Pores Always Cause Acne Breakouts

While clogged pores are a common cause of acne breakouts, not all pores result in pimples. Acne is a complex skin condition influenced by various factors, including genetics, hormones, and lifestyle choices.

If you struggle with acne, consider consulting with a dermatologist who can help identify the underlying causes and develop a personalized treatment plan.

How to Take Care of Your Pores: Cleansing

The best thing you can do for your pores is to have a regular skincare routine. Use a gentle cleanser, like our Anti-Pollution Facial Cleanser, to remove dirt and excess oils without disrupting your skin’s natural barrier.

Remember that while you cannot physically shrink or eliminate pores, maintaining clean pores through proper cleansing can help you achieve a smoother and more refined complexion. Stay informed, stay consistent, and embrace the natural beauty of your skin!

Want To Learn More?

We’re welcoming you to the Healthy Skin School, where we’ll study how the skin heals, what should be in your routine, separate skincare facts from fiction— and so much more!

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