Your Guide to Pores

We all have pores!

The term “pore” refers to any tiny opening in the skin. We all have two types of pores that exist in various proportions. Sweat ducts are pores that excrete sweat, while hair follicles are pores that body hairs pass through. Pores are an essential component of our skin. 

No, you can’t change their size.

If you’re looking for “pore shrinking” products you’re looking for the wrong kind of products because you can’t change the size of your pores. The size of your pores is determined by genetics (skin type, ethnicity, gender) and external factors such as sun exposure: the more sun exposure you get, the more the collagen and elastin supporting each pore begin to degrade, making the pore stretch and sag around the edges. 

You don’t have open pores.

Pores have no muscular attachment, so you cannot open or close them. Therefore, neither cold water will close your pores, nor stream will cause them to open.

What are blackheads?

Blackheads are not dirt. When a large pore with sebum/oil in it is exposed to the air it oxidises. This oxidation makes the sebum turn black. It’s the same process as when you cut up an apple and leave it out.

What are whiteheads?

Whiteheads are formed when dead skin cells collect on the surface of the skin and block pores, so oil and sebum balloon up. The oil trapped beneath combines with bacteria and causes the red, swollen bump that we all recognize as a pimple. 

How to minimize their look?

By reducing excess oil, exfoliating dead cells from the surface of the skin and stimulating healthy collagen production to help support the structure of the pore, you can keep them looking tight. 

You can try:

  • Microneedling: 
  • IPL & LED light
  • Enzyme exfoliants contain proteolytic enzymes to break down keratin protein that holds dead, dulling skin cells together. Enzyme exfoliation works more gently than AHA chemical exfoliants to shed skin cells and speed up the skin’s natural exfoliation process. These are perfect exfoliants for those with sensitive skin, clogged pores and hyper-pigmentation since fruit enzymes break down the keratin in skin and target only the outermost layer of the epidermis.  How to use enzyme exfoliants: Apply the exfoliant after cleansing your skin. Leave the product from 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off and follow with the rest of your skin care routine

The Sandalwood Merchant Enzyme Scrub is an enzymatic exfoliator with enzymes from pineapple and papaya and with sandalwood essential oil to exfoliate the skin in a controlled manner.

As it is an exfoliation that is performed from the inside, there is no need to work the peeling. So although it is ideal for all skin types, is the most recommended for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin because we do not mobilize the area

93.20% of the ingredients are of natural origin. Dermatologically Tested, Toxic Free, Cruelty-Free

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