What are Pores and How do they Impact on Beauty?

Pores are the tiny openings through which hair follicles can rise to the surface of the skin. The hair follicle itself remains deep beneath the surface, in the dermal layer of skin. In addition to allowing hair to break through the skin, pores permit oil, also called sebum, and sweat to rise to the surface of the skin.
Cause of Clogged Pores:
Pores become clogged when the oil-producing glands, or the sebaceous glands, in your skin begin to produce higher than usual amounts of sebum. So much oil is produced that much of it cannot exit through the pores, which causes them to become clogged. Dead skin cells and dirt can also get trapped in the opening, causing pores to become clogged.

Effects of Clogged Pores
Clogged pores are a major contributing factor to acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a certain kind of bacteria called P. acnes thrives in the excess oil from clogged pores and causes inflammation. White heads are inflamed, clogged pores in which the surface of the pore is closed. Blackheads are clogged pores in which the surface of the pore remains open. In dermatology terminology, whiteheads and blackheads are called closed and open comedos, respectively. Both are forms of acne. Normally, people with oily skin tend to have more open pores rather than people with dry skin. They are especially visible around the nose where there are more oil glands. In order to achieve a flawless and healthy skin, it is essential to prevent the opening of pores by maintaining a correct balance of cleansing, toning and moisturizing.

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There are several reasons for open pores. Stress, genetics, aging, excessive moisturizing and makeup, use of substandard skin products; hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause are some of the common causes.

A high-glycemic diet could result in acne breakouts. The researchers concluded that the increase in acne was due to a rise of insulin levels and insulin-like growth factor, which in turn caused an increase of testosterone, which, in its turn, caused on overproduction of sebum. Excess sebum can result in clogged pores. In short, a high-glycemic diet — one rich in simple carbohydrates and sugars — might trigger the overproduction of oil that causes clogged pores and acne.
Low-Glycemic Foods
To eliminate or prevent clogged pores through diet, avoid eating high-glycemic foods and maintain a low-glycemic diet. Low-glycemic foods include whole grain foods, cruciferous and dark leafy green vegetables, dry beans of all varieties, and certain fruits such as cherries, plums, grapefruit and peaches. Foods to avoid include junk food, such as chips and candy, bread, grains and cereals made with refined grains, and foods with a high sugar content. Milk and highly processed foods are also items to avoid.
Honey is incredibly great for skin, as it has antibacterial, medicinal and healing properties. It contains high amount of potassium that kills bacteria which clog the pores. On the other hand, yogurt is a good source of lactic acid that exfoliates your skin and cleanses the pores. Make a combo of yogurt and honey, and apply it on the pores. After a few minutes, rinse it with water.
Tomato Facial
Tomatoes can help cleanse and rejuvenate your skin when used as a homemade facial treatment. The Holistic Online website suggests using tomato slices to remove dead skin, unplug pores, and restore the skin’s natural pH balance. For the best results, slice a ripe tomato and rub a slice directly over your skin, concentrating on the areas where blocked pores occur most frequently. Allow the residue to remain for two to three minutes, and rinse with warm water. The tomato opens pores, which makes them more receptive to cleansing. Wash your face as usual just after rinsing away the tomato, and follow with a toner or astringent.
Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub

Take 2 tablespoon of sugar; add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients and gently rub on your face for 20 to 30 seconds. Clean it with cool water. For better results, use this remedy once in a week.
Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress to your skin for a few minutes will open pores for easier cleaning, according to Michael DeJong and Anthony Vavasis in the book “Clean Cures: The Humble Art of Zen-Curing Yourself.” Soak a clean cotton cloth in warm water, wring out any excess, and apply directly to your skin. Leave the compress in place for two to three minutes, and remove. Wash your face immediately with an exfoliating face wash, or use a simple homemade scrub. Rinse with cool water, and follow with an astringent or toner to close the pores.
Here are some tips to opening up pores:
1. Wash your face regularly to remove away dirt and grime.
2. Use toner after cleansing your face to tighten those pores
3. Apply foundation to hide open pores. Use a good quality foundation with sunscreen. Foundation is actually beneficial for the skin, because it acts like a protective layer between your face and the elements.
4. Wash off the foundation as soon as you reach home with face wash, and follow up with toner. Clean and Clear is a good face wash for oily skin.
5.Open pores on your nose may mean that you have a tendency to develop blackheads. If this is the case, get your blackheads removed reguarly with the help of blackhead removal strips.
6.Roll ice all over your face.
Using a face scrub on your nose daily helps prevent the formation of blackheads.
Do not consume fried and greasy food because it stimulates the sebaceous glands to secrete excessive oil.
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Hi, I’m Prince.. a registered Dietitian, an avid reader and a passionate writer. I hope you enjoy my articles as much as I enjoy writing them

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