What Causes Pores to Look Bigger with Age?

It’s no secret that our skin can change in some pretty dramatic ways as we age, but there are ways to effectively fight things like fine lines and increasingly visible pores. An important part of learning how to keep your skin looking smooth and flawless is understanding what causes pores to look bigger as we age in the first place.

As our bodies age and produce less collagen, our skin becomes less elastic and more prone to wrinkles and visible pores. Our skin’s natural process of self-exfoliation also slows down with age, and this can cause our pores to be more visible because an excess of dead skin tends to collect inside pores. This, coupled with sun exposure that dries skin and contributes to a decrease in collagen, create more visible pores on our skin as we age.

Shrink Pores with These Simple Steps

  • Cleanse 
    The first step to minimizing the appearance of pores while you age is to keep your skin clean. Never go to bed without removing your makeup, and be sure to invest in a good cleanser that works well with your skin type. A consistent cleansing routine can help to shrink pores by keeping skin clear of bacteria and excess oils.
  • Protect 
    Because overexposure to the sun can dry your skin and impede the production of collagen, it’s important to always use moisturizer, make-up, or sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher before spending time outdoors. While a nice tan can be a tempting excuse to skip the sun block, sun exposure ages your skin and puts you at an increased risk for skin cancer.
  • Exfoliate 
    Removing dead layers of skin with gentle scrubbing can help to reveal the younger-looking skin underneath, and there are different ways you can do it. A facial scrub, for example, helps to clean out your pores by removing dead skin with the help of small exfoliant crystals. You could also do some light exfoliation at home with a gentle scrub or exfoliant brush.
  • Maintain 
    Just like with any other part of your body, maintaining your skin with the help of a professional can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your skin looking its best and your pores at minimum visibility. A professional esthetician can analyze your skin to asses problem areas and recommend customized treatments to help boost collagen and reverse the effects of sun exposure to minimize the appearance of pores.

If you want more information about ways to reduce the appearance of pores as you age, call us today and speak a professional who can book your appointment and get you started on the path to healthier, brighter, younger looking skin.