Pores are small openings located in the epidermis layer of the skin. All of us have plenty of them, but we all have different sizes of pores. The function of pores is to excrete sweat and sebum. Sebum is our natural lubricant that our skin produces, made up of triglycerides, wax esters, squalene and it protect us from dry, and flaky skin. It also helps clear away dead skin cells and acts as a waterproof barrier. Some produce excessive amounts of sebum than others. When you see the pores appearing larger in size, it could possibly be because they are clogged with impurities and dead cells, therefore they are simply dilated. They tend to stand out more so in the middle of the forehead, nose, inner cheeks, and chin, (T-zone area).

The best ways to reduce the size of pores:

Start with Hydration. Consume at least 8 glasses of water a day, preferably alkaline or spring water. If the pores are clogged hydration is key to flushing your body, which will naturally help balance your skin.

Once you are properly hydrated see an esthetician, and receive a professional, yet gentle Exfoliation, nothing to strong starting out. Stay towards the natural side if possible. A wonderful decongesting facial can unclog a great deal, thus reducing the size of the pores, almost right away in many cases.

If you are acneic or sensitive, it is best not to have scrubs used as the method of exfol