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There is so much beat up on oil & open pores, made out to be unnatural and not normal – well, it is & here are the facts. Pores are home to hair follicles and where sebum (the oil that your skin produces) is made by “sebaceous glands.” You can see the hair follicle pores with your naked eye, unlike sweat pores which are too small to see. Pores are always open to allow for the oil and hair follicle to surface, no matter whether you have oily skin or dry skin.


Enlarged or clogged pores

Everyone has these pores all over their body except on the soles of their feet and on the palms of their hands. The nose is a key area where most people notice enlarged or clogged pores. The oil that your skin produces can become trapped, oxidising and turning the top dark (a blackhead). Different skin types, genetics as well as your age have a huge impact on pore size, but they are as important to your skin’s wellbeing as water, necessary for the health of each individual skin cell.


Can I change my pore size?

The biggest industry delusion about open pores is we can shrink or close them. Quite simply, we can’t. Our skin goes through a monthly process of shedding known as “desquamation.” This is the natural process in which skin cells are created, sloughed away, and replaced. The only thing that you can do is to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores by cleansing the debris, such as daily dirt or makeup that has been trapped inside of the open pore, making them less visible to the naked eye. This does not mean daily exfoliation or the use of harsh ingredients, like acids or granules. Although we have been conditioned to accept these ingredients as normal (they are not) & that we need to be constantly peeling our skin away (we do not).


Rethink our approach

Let’s reconsider what we think we know about our skin / microbiome & support this natural mechanism, given to us by nature, to do what it has been made to do. It is all about maintaining or correcting, a healthy barrier function first and foremost. The right knowledge can be very powerful, use it.


Treatments such as these can help with pore reduction.


Paula Cliffin

Integrated Facialist
Phone: 0438 735 990 (Appointment Only)

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