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What Do Visible Pores Indicate? A Comprehensive Guide On Skin-Oriented Signs

What are open pores? A person’s facial pores may be noticeable, depending on their skin type. Some home remedies may help improve the appearance of large pores. There are two types of pores. One releases the body’s natural oil, called sebum, and the other releases sweat. Sometimes the oil-releasing pores may appear enlarged. 

What are open pores on the face?

What are open pores or open facial pores? When we look in the mirror, if we take a closer look, you see small openings in the skin that let sweat and oil drain out. The tiny, grainy dots on your skin – those are your pores. What happens when these pores get enlarged? You start to worry, you freak out, and you use the Instagram ‘Paris’ filter to cover the blemishes. Luckily for you, this guide breaks down pores for you! So, you can see what they are, how bad it can get, and how you can fix it.

What causes visible open pores on the face?

The pores on your skin are responsible for letting out excess oil or sweat. However, if not taken proper care of, they tend to accumulate dirt, bacteria, oil, or dead skin cells over time. The clogged pores are visible on your face and make your skin dull, faded.

It may not harm your skin but it does affect the way you look. Here are some causes to help you prepare, prevent, or reduce the visibility or clogging of the pores.

Open pores causes:

  • Very high levels of oil (sebum) production
  • Reduced elasticity around pores
  • Thick hair follicles
  • Genetics or heredity
  • Reduction of collagen production in skin, caused by ageing
  • Sun damage or overexposure to the sun

Are open pores a sign of bad skin or underlying skin issues?

Our skin is the largest part, largest organ in our body, made up of uncountable pores. These pores may or may not be visible to the human eye but are open. Your skin breathes through the open pores. The pores have hair follicles and sebaceous glands, which release an oil called sebum. It is safe to say that pores are very much a part of your skin and are visibly large and clogged only when there is a high level of sebum production, or due to any of the other causes mentioned above.

Now that you know what are open pores, and open pores causes, let’s look at open pores treatment. Keep reading to know how to treat open pores.

How to treat open pores?

When you look at your cheeks, nose, and forehead, do you see tiny specks or pores on your skin? Over time, these may appear larger as you age, and it is because those are clogged pores. Reducing the visibility of these pores or preventing them from appearing so distinctively on your face is possible with open pores treatment. A few ways you can do this is by keeping your skin protected from the sun, washing it regularly and keeping it clean, and following a skincare routine that helps.

How to treat open pores on the face:

  1. Water-based products

    Oil-based products contain petrolatum, coconut oil, and other kinds of oil. They effectively moisturise the skin but may not be suitable for people with oily skin and large pores. The excess oil that collects on the skin can make pores appear larger. Here’s why you should use a gentle cleanser like the Coco Soul Revitalising Face Wash to wash away the oil and dirt from your pores.

    • It’s powered with Virgin King Coconut Oil, Gotukola and Neem
    • Virgin King Coconut oil promotes cellular repair and penetrates ten layers deep into the skin to restore lost moisture and repairs dry & damaged skin
    • Gotukola has anti-ageing properties, and it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on face by promoting collagen production
    • Neem has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is effective in treating acne/pimples
    • Made Safe Certified | 100 % Vegan
  2. Exfoliation

    A person with oily skin should exfoliate once or twice a week to remove matter that can clog the pores, such as dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil. It is important not to exfoliate more than twice a week, as this can dry out the skin. Although exfoliation helps keep pores unclogged, pores can look bigger if the skin becomes too dry.

  3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
    The idea of moisturizing oily skin may be counterintuitive. However, an oil-free moisturiser can help reduce pore enlargement. A person should first wash and pat the skin dry, then gently apply a moisturiser to help hydrate and soften the skin. That allows the oil from the sebaceous glands to penetrate more deeply into the skin, rather than staying in the pores on the surface.

    If you are someone who prefers natural products, try the Coco Soul Ayurvedic Body Lotion? With a luxuriously silky and non-greasy consistency, this ayurvedic body lotion is perfect for daily use. It is created with the wisdom of ancient Ayurveda, the goodness of Virgin King Coconut Oil, and the magic of Sandalwood and Welmi! With its organic ingredients, this delicious-smelling Coco Soul Nourishing Body Lotion is a genie in a bottle. This natural body lotion's lightweight texture melts to penetrate deep into the skin cells, while its ayurvedic properties give you a visibly moisturised glow and firm skin from the very first application.

  4. Steaming

    A steamy facial can help clean out pores, making them appear smaller, and giving your skin a fresh glow. Try adding herbs or essential oils to the steam, to make your experience more aesthetic and pampering. You can also look at using more natural face care products that don’t block pores in the first place!

    Frequently Asked Questions on Visible Pores (FAQs)

    1. What are open pores? What does it mean when your pores are visible?

      Tiny hair strands cover a person’s skin, except on the palms of the hands and on the feet. Each hair follicle has a pore at the top of it. The hair follicle has a gland inside it that produces oil. This gland is called the sebaceous gland. When the sebaceous gland releases oil, the oil rises to the top of the skin and collects in the pore. Some open pores causes are thick hair follicles, more sebum, and sun damage, among others.
    2. What do pores do for the skin?

      There are two types of pores. One releases the body’s natural oil called sebum, and the other releases sweat. Sometimes the oil-releasing pores may appear enlarged. So having pores is not a problem in itself – it’s super helpful in keeping your skin functioning properly.

    3. Why are my pores always clogged? How to treat open pores?

      Comedones form when a pore gets clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum, so you may need to use some simple cleansing or exfoliation tactics to address that. If the pore is open to the air, the gunk inside oxidises, creating a blackhead. If the pore is covered with a layer of keratin, the sebum looks white or fleshy and creates a whitehead (closed comedone). Treat these pores with some natural additions to your skin care, like we’ve listed above.


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