Everyone’s skin has pores, but large pores can make anyone feel insecure. Pores are hair follicle openings that allow sweat, oil, and other body toxins to escape. They’re not typically visible, but a number of reasons can cause them to enlarge, making them visible to the eye. So what exactly causes pores to enlarge?
One of the main causes of large pores is our genetics. This can be frustrating for many people, as it means they’re just naturally predisposed to getting them. So how do genetics influence pores? Enlarged pores are often caused by excessive oil production. When our sebaceous glances produce extra oil, our pores expand to accommodate it. A major factor of overactive oil glands is you guessed it, genetics! This means if oily skin runs in your family, chances are you’ll have it too.
The environment we live in really impacts our skin. Hot climates can increase oil production and cause sweat, both of which can clog pores and create acne. Cold climates aren’t much better. The dry, cold air will suck the moisture from the skin, cause oil glances to work harder to make up for it. It can also cause the skin to flake, which can get caught in pores as well.
There are key differences in a man and woman’s skin, which is why here at AFYA we tailor our treatments for gender. When it comes to enlarged pores, unfortunately, men are more at risk. Men tend to have oilier skin due to the increased amount of testosterone and DHT in their bodies. This is why men should absolutely have a skincare routine so that they can keep their skin healthy and prevent enlarged pores and acne.
Age is one of the biggest influences on our skin. As we age, our skin tends to get worse thanks to weakened elasticity and prolonged exposure to the elements. Because of this, the older you are the more likely you are to have larger pores. A good way to combat this is to try facial firming products and treatments.
Pore size is also determined by our ethnicity. Studies have found that the Chinese generally have the smallest pores, which is great for them! African Americans are more likely to have oily skin, which can result in larger pores. Luckily for them, their dark complexion means enlarged pores aren’t as visible.
If you’re looking to treat enlarged pores, contact us today to book a complimentary skin consultation to see what treatment is right for your skin!