Pores on our bodies are great in that they allow sweat to come out, helping to regulate our body temperature; they also release sebum to keep our skin moisturized. It’s generally not a big deal that we have pores and we usually don’t pay attention to them. But pay attention we do when they are enlarged and on our face.
There are several factors which can attribute to enlarged pores on the face:
- Genetics – coupled with thick oily skin
- Age – our skin begins to lose its elasticity and can stretch, sag and thicken
- Sun damage – thickens the skin and excessive sun exposure can cause a loss of collagen, elastin and water
- Blackheads – can increase pore size
- Clogged Pores – excess oils and dead skin trapped in the pores
Thanks to genetics <insert sarcasm> I have the pleasure of having inherited large pores on my nose; smack dab in the middle of my face. When you meet someone you tend to look at their eyes first, following this the nose is often second. While they may not big as big as I fear, I do avoid looking at them at all costs.
In the past I’ve used those pore removal stripes without success. What I finally stumbled upon is apple cider vinegar which balances the skin’s pH and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This simple ingredient has the ability to reduce the appearance of facial pores, which I can attest to.
Facial Pore Reduction Recipe
- ½ Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (look for raw, organic or natural)
- ½ Teaspoon of water
- Small bowl
- Cotton ball
- To a small bowl add the vinegar and water, stirring well to mix
- Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and dab it on the area in need
- Allow to soak for a few minutes
- Rinse face with tepid water, pat dry and apply moisturizer to the skin
- Repeat daily for about two weeks or until results are achieved
As vinegar is acidic, it may cause skin irritation. If this is the case, reduce the amount of vinegar used and increase the water.
It does seem a bit weird to put a salad ingredient on your face, but it is well worth it! Now I wonder if apple cider vinegar can reduce the appearance of cellulite… Oh well, wishful thinking.
Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.
Good, L. (2013, August 16). What Causes Big Pores on the Face? Live Strong. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/129380-causes-big-pores-face/