Pores are Im-pore-tant

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I watched as a friend stared in the mirror and confronted her pores, the way a girlfriend would confront an abominable boyfriend.

“AHHH!!. Why do you do this to me? Why are you soooo BIG and GROSS? Why do you make my skin look rough, 10 years older, unclean, give me acne, whiteheads, and blackheads? I can’t stand you!!! Please just leave my face!!”

WOW! Thank goodness pores don’t have feelings; otherwise, they would be hurt and my friend would not like what they would have to say back to her. It probably would go something like this: 

"Well, pore-zilla, maybe if you would do a little bit more research, you would realize, you inherited those big pores, from your parent’s big pores, and you’re just a big pore family." OHHHH SNAP!

Pores don’t go around breaking people out because they don’t like you. Breakouts happen because of accumulated impurities like dirt and oil.

Without pores you would be bald, your complexion would be dull, dehydrated and you would die of heat exhaustion. If you really want your pores to disappear, you’re going to disappear too. 👀 

Pores are no more than tiny openings upon the skin of the hair follicle, which extend downward through several layers of the skin. Wherever there is hair, there are pores. That’s why breakouts can happen all over the body. The tiny openings (pores) allow sweat, sebum and dead skin cells to exit to the surface of the skin. The dead skin cells and sebum coat and protect skin from bacteria and viruses and condition the skin. Sweat is there to regulate body heat. As skin gets hotter, pores dilate and sweat exits to the surface. The evaporation of the sweat cools the skin.

In a perfect world, dead skin cells, sweat, and sebum would exit smoothly onto the skin, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, pores get clogged with debris; such as- makeup, dirt, dried up dead skin cells that have hardened on the surface of the skin. The material that clogs the pores stop sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells from exiting to the surface and bacteria starts to accumulate underneath the skin. The accumulation alerts the immune system that foreign objects are in the body causing infections. The immune system releases white blood cells to obstruct and causes the skin to inflame. This inflammation is characterized by heat, swelling, redness, and pain. (acne, whiteheads, and blackheads) If the pores stay clogged, acne can get worse. Especially, if a person has oily skin. The overproduction of oil attracts more dirt and bacteria under the skin, and the build up can cause deeper infections, and an abscess will develop.

If acne does occur, it’s imperative blackheads, whiteheads and acne are left alone and not squeezed.  Squeezing may lead to a little scarring which will permanently widen pores.

 No matter what the cosmetic companies tell you, genetics determine the size of your pores. Pores don’t permanently get bigger and smaller. Open and close Although, certain conditions can make it seem that way.

 Oily skin has wider oil ducts creating the illusion of bigger pores on the surface. Products that contain acetone and alcohol will shrink pores temporarily. Acetone and alcohol irritate the skin surface which causes swelling around the pore thus, creating a smaller pore. However, this is short-lived, and the pore will go back to its natural size. Sunburns do the same thing. Sunburned skin becomes inflamed and swells. But once the inflammation subsides the pores go back to their natural size.

That being said, to keep skin acne free, fresh and vibrant, it's important pores are kept their normal size and unclogged, Here are a few tips:

It's mandatory that makeup and other products are oil-free, non-comedogenic, and Dermatologist-tested. Look for ingredients that won't clog pores. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid. 

 And wash all products off before going to bed. Always wear sun block. The sun thickens cells around the pores, creating the illusion of bigger pores. If skin is oily, wash your face at least twice a day.  Use medications that contain salicylic acid to dry up the overproduction of oil. For other skin types, products with vitamin A, are an excellent way of keeping the skin free of dead skin cells. And last and most importantly, use a daily exfoliant. It will remove the dirt, oil and other debris that have accumulated throughout the day that clog and distend the pores. With regular care and maintenance, your skin can be PORE-FECT.


  1. VERY VERY helpful. Thank u

  2. Thanks for the feedback Glady!!! ;p

  3. wow - i will never squeeze a zit again!! Respect the PORE!!!


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