Lets all take a moment to thank Regina George (Rachel McAdams) of Mean Girls for one of the most iconic lines to grace film this decade. “My pores are huge,” she muttered to herself in the mirror as evidence that there are a variety of imperfections girls believe they embody besides being too fat or too thin. “I have really bad breath in the morning,” Cady Harran (Lindsay Lohan) replied to fit in with Queen Mean Girl. Harran’s confession received a grandiose “Ew!” and horrified face from Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfriend). Here we learn that there are worse things in life than having huge pores. You could, G-d forbid, have a weird hairline, or like, sucky nail beds.
When my father asked me why I was writing an article on shrinking pores, his perplexed expression mimicked the one he used when he heard the term “Fetch” to describe something great for the first time.
“Huge pores are good. It’s good to sweat,” he said. The man has a point. But you can sweat without flaunting potholes on your face.
In order to begin treating large pores, it’s important to know what they are. Pores are located all over our body’s surface area, and because they are sebaceous glands, they tend to appear more enlarged where more oil is present. Where you perspire most is a genetic factor, and in turn, determines the size of your pores. That being said, you can’t alter the size of your pores, but you can certainly adopt these quick habits every morning to ensure they stay outta sight.
Never underestimate the power of a strong astringent in your cleansing routine. Your everyday face wash cleanses the surface of your skin, but doesn’t reach deep into those pores clogged with sebum. After your pores have been scraped of guck, slather your skin in an oil-free moisturizer to negate the dryness that your toner may have caused. Clean and Clear astringent and Clearasil moisturizer are safe brands.
Brush your brushes:
Your makeup brushes can either make or break your skin, so make sure to give them some TLC with a deep-cleaning shampoo every week to minimize the amount of hidden bacteria and oil that can make its way into your pores. Work the bristles into a foam with your thumb and index finger, rinse, and air dry.