Skin can be very high maintenance. In order to keep it up, people spend a lot of time every day using all sorts of products. These range from lotions to medicine to special diets. After all, in this day and age, our skin is facing newer problems from toxins and our environment. Pollution, dust from construction, excessive sunlight – you name it. At the same time though, there are some issues that require special attention, and one such issue is that of pores on your nose.
Pores on the nose are shafts around your face’s hair follicles. There are glands under these pores that excrete a substance known as sebum. This is a natural moisturizer for your skin. They’re found all over your body, but can be particularly large around your nose. This happens due to the fact that the glands are larger under the nose. The pores can look a lot larger too if they’re clogged.
What causes large pores on the nose?
There are a lot of reasons as to why large pores may exist on your nose. For instance, you may have oily skin, which results in excessive sebum being produced. This will clog your pores and cause them to be more noticeable. If you have acne, the condition may worsen the situation of pores. These are generally issues that are either hereditary or occur due to hormone changes.
At the same time, if you fail to exfoliate or clean your skin regularly, it is possible that large pores will appear frequently. Furthermore, if you maintain a poor diet, or drink excessive alcohol/caffeine, it may further ramp up sebum production. This will contribute to large pores. Lack of skincare is an additional factor, and so is excessive stress.
There are also some factors out of one’s hands – you may be exposed to too much heat and humidity. At the same time, if you’re outside too much, the sun may worsen your skin and thus contribute to higher sebum production than needed. Oily skin is also a genetic trait, and so are large pores. These may be passed down to you by your parents, which result in you facing the same problem they do.
How to minimize large pores on the nose?
With that being said, let’s touch on how you can get rid of those ugly stubborn pores once and for all 🙂
1. Wash your face with cold water!
One of the quickest and easiest ways to shrink nose pores overnight is by using cold water. You’ll want to start with hot water first, at a steaming temperature. This will enable your pores to open up and allow for the removal of dirt in them. Following this, you should use cold water as it will help tighten and thus close up pores. This will likely reduce the size of the pores on your nose. Since your pores are also closed, it will prevent exposure to harmful bacteria. In the long run, you will thus be able to avoid excessive acne on your face that way.
You want to be careful with the temperature, though. Hot water is known to dehydrate the skin, so you want to ensure you’re not burning yourself with the water. Other than that, you want to try and use a water purifier on the source of water. This is because your water may consist of hard minerals, which may harm your skin. Be wary of the source of water you use!
Additionally, you’ll want to use a natural and fragrance-free moisturizer after you’re done with this. Washing your face will strip it of the natural oil and hydration so you will need to make up for it afterward.
2. Use a pore minimizing cream
You’ll find a lot of pore minimizing creams on the market. There are hundreds and thousands of these. Their prices are varied – some are ten dollars, while others climb well over the fifty dollar mark. When it comes to such creams, you should pick the ones with proper ingredients. Vitamin A, Azelaic Acid, Alpha or Beta Hydroxyl Acids – these are all great components for any pore minimizing cream. These will help combat bacteria, reduce clogged pores and exfoliate skin.
Zinc, Magnesium, Retinol, Rosemary and Lavender are also good ingredients. Applying it is easy. You can usually use these creams as scrubs or as masks. The instructions are generally found on the cream. It is advised to pick water-based ones over oil-based ones, particularly if you have oily skin, as that may just worsen the problem. Finally, look for non-comedogenic pore minimizers, as these ones ensure that clogged pores will not occur.
3. Exfoliate on a regular basis
Exfoliation is essentially the process of removing old, dead skin cells from your body surface. Younger people generally do not have to exfoliate. This is because their body replaces those dead cells at a faster rate than that of an adult. As a result, it is best that one intervenes and does the process themselves. It is a great way of unclogging your pores and as a result reducing the size of your pores, particularly those on the nose.
You can either exfoliate physically or chemically. For those with sensitive skin, consider exfoliating chemically. This is because physical exfoliation may be very irritating. There are a lot of creams that consist of the aforementioned Alpha / Beta Hydroxyl Acids as well as enzymes, which serve as chemical exfoliants. You can consider buying them. For physical exfoliants, those with thick skin (literally!) can use pumice. Otherwise, consider seeds, nutshells, crystals or beads.
4. Use a primer
A primer is a substance that enables you to create a buffer between your skin and your makeup. It is beneficial as it allows you to remain in your makeup for a substantial amount of time. This will help smoothen out your skin surface. At the same time, it will cover any pores you have, including those on your nose. It’s really helpful when applying makeup, as your pores will likely not react well to such things. As a result, applying primers will ensure future breakouts are not possible.
There are two types of primers to use. Silicone and water-based primers. The former base is much thicker and is great for smoothening pores. It is best at preventing makeup from seeping deep into the skin. This is because it fills out most indentations. Water-based primers, on the other hand, are lighter and thus work best when you have more liquid makeup, as both will mix well.
5. Consider a clay mask
Clay is an excellent material for skincare. This is because of its role as a skin detoxifier. It is also good at extracting impurities and excess oil from the skin. As a result, people with oily skin or acne generally benefit from using clay masks. Many people, in fact, use these masks on a day when they feel their skin to be too oily or if they’re breaking out. Some even say that the experience is relaxing, to have a hardened mask on your skin.
There are many different clay types for different situations. For instance, green clay has the highest mineral content. White clay is less absorbent and thus better for sensitive skin. Finally, there is red clay, which has a higher quantity of silicate, which is a sort of ingredient. All in all, they will be able to reduce excessive oil on the surface of your skin, and will further help to hydrate. This will prevent the need for more sebum production, thus helping reduce clogged pores and the size of pores.
6. Avoid touching your face as much as possible
While it can be most tempting, your hands are home to a lot of things. Bacteria, germs, you name it! These move from your fingertips to your skin. The moment you touch your face, it will get in contact with these germs too. This may cause breakouts for those with sensitive skin. Otherwise, all the dirt collected in your hands may reach your pores. This may thus cause them to get clogged, which will make them look a lot larger.
Additionally, there are bacteria such as p. acnes, which can spread across your skin. This can cause your pores to pop out entire pimples. Otherwise, any perspiration from your fingertips or any dirt will certainly enter the pores and contribute to enlarging them. Even if you’re not worried about your pores – just don’t do it anyway! Touching your face is detrimental to skincare.
7. Always shower after exercising
Exercising can certainly be tough on you. You’re exerting yourself physically, and as a result, perspiration is a guarantee. You’ll be sweating all over. Not only does that release some horrible body odor, but the sweat will be running all through your skin, including around your pores. On one hand, sweating is beneficial, as your pores will open up. This may help towards unclogging them. However, if you allow sweat to remain too long, you may cause issues such as rashes which will harm your skin.
Additionally, any dirt you may have had on you due to working out will also remain if you don’t shower after exercising. These may seep into your pores and thusly clog them again. As a result, a shower is very important. This will help clean up your unclogged pores, and as they are now clean, they won’t look as large as they did when clogged up.
8. Do a chemical peel
Chemical peels are essentially a method to take away the damaged surface of your skin. Although experts allege that they will not totally contribute to reducing pore size, they will certainly not look as obvious. As a result, they will help improve the appearance of your skin in conjunction with pores. It is best you apply such peels with a professional expert present, as otherwise, you may come across a few issues to your skin.
There are all sorts of chemical peels to use. The best option would be a Glycolic Acid Peel. This sort of peel generally has anywhere between 30 to 75% concentration. As a result, it is an ideal choice for helping clear out dead skin. At the same time, it will facilitate the clearing of your pores from deep within. This will thus help in unclogging your pores. Your skin will also be smoothed out, which will improve the appearance of large pores.
9. Use tea tree oil to kill bacteria
Tea tree oil is an essential oil. It is well known for its hallowed place in skincare. Due to its various purposes, it is used in almost every skincare product. Lotions, creams, and facewashes – you name it! Many of these products make use of tea tree oil. It can even be used as an antiseptic. As a result, this characteristic enables it to kill bacteria as well. This helps it in cases such as fighting acne. It can help dry out all sorts of problems such as pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.
At the same time, since it is able to fight bacteria, it can help clean up your pores. It will do so by disinfecting them, ensuring that breakouts do not occur due to bacteria they may have been exposed to. This may thus prevent them from looking ruinous in appearance. It can also help relieve your skin surface of dirt and oil, and thus help unclog pores. This makes them look smaller in size.
In conclusion, you need to simply follow a few routine things to shrink nose pores. Some things don’t require any purchases – for example, showering after exercise or not touching one’s face, as well as washing with cold water. Other things are optional but guaranteed steps at making your pores smaller, such as tea tree oil and masks. At the same time, you should work on preventing pores from enlarging, by ensuring that you steer away from its root causes, which we mentioned at the beginning.
You want to be wary of your pores. Although they may not be aesthetically pleasing, you will still need them! They are a vital part of your skin, so do not aim to take them away completely. Moderation is key! Anything you do, such as the tips mentioned, are great so long you don’t overdo it. Keep a balance in all things, even in skincare, and promising results will come soon enough!