I thought I should make a little addition to my skin series. Almost no matter what skin type people have, a common thing to complain about are these damn pores! Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how well you take care of your skin or how much effort you put into trying to get rid of big, clogged pores, they’re still there and they keep coming.
The thing that most people don’t know are how many factors you have to take into consideration when taking care of your skin. As you may know by now, your skin type plays a big role when it comes to your pores. But still, some factors are beyond our control and all we can really do is to use cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers as prescribed and hope for the best.
For your information, here are some of the factors that can determine pore size:
- Climate and seasons: The natural oils in our skin becomes more fluid when it is hot, and even more if it’s humid as well. During summer or if you lie or travel in really hot, humid climates you may notice your pores getting bigger, as well as them contracting during the cold seasons – and again; even more if the are is dry.
- Sunlight: it is a known fact that UV-rays, besides from tanning our skin, also dilate pores – Another reason why pores expand more during summer.
- Hormones: Hormones can adjust the skin’s oil production. When or if your hormones go up (this can be from different reasons: puberty, pregnancy or birth control), the oil production can increase and expand the pores.
- Age: As you get older your skin usually loses some of its natural oils and get tighter – this makes the skin more dry and causes the pores to contract. But the skin also loses its elasticity. This can relax your pores more, and they can appear larger.
- Genetics: genetics play a big role for your pore size and condition as well many other things. Your genes decide how big your pores naturally are and also the skin’s oil content and elasticity (also before you get old) – the genes play a role when it comes to your skin type.