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Beauty Mythbusters: Pores Edition
If you search online for skin care or beauty tips you will get unlimited results, some good and some down right dangerous. I decided that I wanted to be a place you guys can come to get the facts and make better decisions about your skin and beauty needs. I’ve done all the research for you so no worries, I totally got you covered. 🙂 This week we are going to talk about pores. You hear a lot about pores in the beauty industry, from pores shrinking serums to pore filling primers we are literally obsessed with the little holes in our skin. Let’s demystify these little anomalies and find out exactly how to care for them.
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Pores ~ What are They?
So what is a pore anyway? The word “pore” literally means an opening in a surface where microscopic particles can pass. It’s basically your hair follicles. In relation to skin care, your pores are where sebum – your body’s natural oils, is released to the surface of your skin in order to keep your skin moisturized. The appearance of your pores on your skin is largely genetic and it’s not really much that can be done about that. Learn to live with your “flaws” sweetie. 🙂 So What can you do about it?
Pores Can’t Shrink
The biggest myth about pores is that certain cleansers or beauty treatments can shrink your pores. This is one of the biggest lies of the beauty industry. Pores do not shrink. the unfortunate truth is that only way to prevent severely enlarged pores is to use preventative skincare and load up on your SPF protection. When sun damage occurs, pores can become enlarged as collagen in the skin is depleted, along with a host of other issues one could prevent by, y’know, wearing sunscreen.
So when you see pore shrinking on a product label just know that is a common marketing tactic to entice you to buy.
Those Black Spots on Your Nose are Blackheads
This is a myth that people basically refuse to believe. Those little black dots you see are really sebaceous filaments, and they’re an essential part of the skin’s anatomy. The unsightly dark spots you’re noticing is actually oxidized sebum. Blackheads are the thicker plugs (ew, sorry) of sebum that occur elsewhere on the face. Don’t worry, though: you can fight blackheads and sebaceous filament oxidation proactively by stocking your routine with plenty of antioxidants Like Farmacy, Drunk Elephant, or Neutrogena.
Your Pores Can Open and Close
Sorry honey – this is completely untrue. The idea that heat or steam can open your pores and cold water closes them is a long standing myth… I mean our grandmothers believed this and taught it to our mothers, who taught it to us and so on. The truth is that the pore is simply an opening, or more like a funnel, when the funnel is clogged and inflamed you get a nice little acne breakout which no one wants in their life.
So there you go! We’ve completely looked behind the curtain on your pores and gave you some great information so you can find the best products to meet your skin care needs. I can’t wait to hear from you on what you think about our new series and what you learned today. 🙂
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