Although these two conditions have multiple factors and often require a visit to the dermatologist to fully cure, there are ways to maintain the appearance of your skin and minimize your pores.
What Clogs Pores?
Our pores secrete a substance called sebum, or oil, which helps moisturize and protect our skin, but sometimes sebum and dead skin cells can clog our pores, causing acne. via HowStuffWorks
According to Web MD, white heads and blackheads are different kinds of acne:
Blackheads: Black bumps that are impacted pores in which material pushes out through the follicles. The black color is not from dirt, in fact, dirt doesn’t cause acne. The colour may be from bacteria, dead skin cells, and matter that react with oxygen.
Whiteheads: White dots are pores impacted with oil and skin covered by skin layers.
Acne can be made worse by:
- Friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin; harsh scrubbing
• Picking or squeezing blemishes, which drive bacteria deeper and causes scarring
• Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars
• Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women two to seven days before the start of the menstrual period
- Over-washing, which can lead to more inflammation and oil production
How Do Pore Strips Work?
Pore strips attach themselves to the sebum that’s clogging your pores. As it dries, it grips unto the sebum to make it easier to lift up. Removing your pore strip forces out the sebum that’s stuck unto the strip, emptying them completely.
Pore strips don’t always attach themselves properly or reach all your blackheads. They also won’t prevent blackheads or acne, but they can help reduce their appearance.
How To Make Your Own Natural Pore Strips
- 1 tablespoon of natural gelatin powder (organic if possible)
- 1 tablespoon of organic milk
- Mix well into a microwave-safe cup
- heat the mix in the microwave for 10 seconds. (you’re not eating it)
- Let it cool for a minute or two
- Use an old makeup brush and apply some of the mix to the back of your hand.
- If it’s not too hot, apply the rest of the mix to your nose.
- Wait 10 minutes or so for it to dry completely.
- Carefully peel off the strip.
- follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
For optimal results, it is recommended not to use them more often than once every three days. Instead, try applying tea tree oil, which is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial to stubborn pores between treatments (1).