Dry Skin & Large Pores
As with any skin condition, dry skin and large pores can make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance. It may cause social anxiety and an irrational fear that others are staring at your skin. In worst cases, people suffering from the appearance of large pores and dry skin may avoid face-to-face interaction, so it's important to find a treatment that works for you.
Pores are openings in the skin that can vary in size from person to person. Certain products may claim to minimize the size of pores, but this is not possible. You can make them less noticeable however. Pores can become larger as you age. When you're young, a clogged pore that gets unclogged can bounce back to its previous size because of the elasticity in your skin. But skin loses its elasticity as you age, so pores that are stretched remain that way.
People tend to get dry skin in winter from dry air. According to the University of Iowa, dry skin occurs when the top layer of skin does not have enough water to function properly. Humidity in the summer tends to keep skin from becoming dry. Symptoms of dry skin include rough skin that peels, cracks or flakes. The skin will often feel tight and itch.
Avoid touching your face, which can allow bacteria into the pores, resulting in an infection. Sebum is the skin's natural oil, but in excess it will lead to breakouts. Hot showers and baths may can remove protective oils that naturally lubricate the skin, so keep your showers warm and short to prevent dryness. Avoid dehydration by drinking water regularly throughout the day.
Pores are most noticeable in oily skin, so if your skin is dry with large pores, you possibly have combination skin, in which some areas are oily, while others are dry. If you have combination skin, purchase an oil-free facial cleanser that has a gentle exfoliant and is targeted to combination skin.
Use a moisturizer every day throughout the year. The University of Iowa recommends applying a moisturizer within three minutes of exiting the shower to seal in the water before it evaporates.
Chemical peels remove the top layer of skin, improving the skin's texture while also clearing acne. This option can make your pores less noticeable. Dermabrasion removes dry skin and minimizes the appearance of pores. Topical retinoids can also be prescribed to prevent clogged pores and minimize breakouts.
Running a humidifier during dry months will alleviate dry skin caused by dry air.
If over-the-counter products do not remedy your dry skin and reduce the appearance of pores, make an appointment with a dermatologist to determine the appropriate course of action. According to Mayo Clinic, you should also see a dermatologist if your dry skin has redness, open sores, large areas of peeling or scaling. These may be symptoms of more serious problems.
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