Here are some ways to become what I lovingly call a "Poreless Wonder." Where literally, I wonder where certain people's pores are! (How do they do it?) As an esthetician, I do facials all the time on poreless wonders and others that can become poreless wonders. I am still working on becoming a poreless wonder (I've come a LONG way), and these following steps have helped me tremendously!
1. Steam your face for 30 minutes each week.
Steam helps open up the pores and bring the oxidized dead skin to the surface. Most often in my facials, it takes a good 30 minutes for everything to come to the surface. If you happen to have a gym pass that has a steam room, I would highly recommend going in for at least 30 min if you can. If not, you can put a towel over your head (see pic) and then stand over a pot of boiling water, or sit on a stool.
2. Try not putting ANYTHING on the nose or chin for a least a month.
This means no makeup (if you really need powder, it's ok but not ideal), no moisturizer for sure, no soap, no crazy toners (for a good recipe for a toner go HERE), no witch hazel, nothing that has alcohol, basically put NOTHING on your nose for a month. It may be hard, but I promise it really helps. Cleansing with the Salt Scrub or other cleansers are fine, just nothing sitting on top of the skin for a prolonged period of time.
3. Refrain from picking or pushing stuff out through the pores repeatedly.
Pores don't open and close like windows. The more junk you push out through them, the more new junk will just keep coming out. It's like a fake exit sign if you let toxins keep exiting out a specific way, the more and more it will continue to exit that way. So put up a barrier and don't keep pushing junk out. Try it for a few months and see! Usually, the pores will begin to close up or become more refined. Also, don't use crazy tools (like bobby pins, mom!) to extract blackheads. Use extractor tools that are made for extractions specifically.
4. The blackhead removal mask will help to refine pores!
I worked on creating this mask for two years because I was sick of not being a poreless wonder. It took a long time to figure out, but now I am obsessed with this mask. It really does help to refine the pores, smooth out the skin, and emulsify blackheads. The hardest part for most women is sticking to the 3-4 nights. But if you are serious about becoming a poreless wonder, it's really not that bad. Plus, it has really helped the scarring from cystic acne on my nose which I wasn't planning on. That was an added surprise!
5. Blackheads can form for a variety of reasons but here are some that I have really seen a connection with.
Dead hormones and dead skin seem to be a big culprit. I generally will get more blackheads before my period. Different tips to help heal & balance hormones (like this article) have helped. Also, I have heard that it is closely tied with the gallbladder and liver not emulsifying fats properly. It may be helpful to take clay internally to help the body to detoxify the gallbladder and liver. Try noticing if you have an upset stomach after digesting certain types of fats. Or try out LypoGold from Enzymedica which has the Lipase enzyme to digest fats to see if that helps you. Or even another product that has the Lipase enzyme may help you as well. I hope these tips help you in becoming a poreless wonder! Let me know how it goes in the comments below!