Every woman is a goddesses in her own right as far as we’re concerned, but even the best of us give into the odd insecurity once in a while. There’s been a lot of chatter in the beauty community on the subject of pores over the years, and today we’re here to clear up any myths and legends concerning those dots on your face that seem to cause so much drama in the bathroom.


First off, don’t hate your pores. We know it can be a mental battle to stare yourself in the mirror and resist the urge to squeeze out every last bit of oil (but believe us, there are easier, less painful, and way less damaging ways to go about this). Like it or not, your pores have the important job of providing a passage for microscopic oil and sebum particles to leave your body. These oils naturally moisturize your skin and we all know how important that is.

With that, let’s jump into the myths and facts surrounding the mysterious life of pores.


You can shrink your pores.

In the name of downing the toughest pill first, sorry to break the news but no you can’t physically shrink your pores. This might not be such an issue if everyone had the same sized pores, but the truth is that their size is largely determined by genetics.


You can minimize the appearance of pores.

With proper treatment, you sure can! This includes regular exfoliation and cleansing twice a day (all the better if you’re using one that’s tailored to detoxify pores like our new Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse). The purpose of this step is to clear your pores of excess sebum, dirt, and makeup that can build up, leading to whiteheads, blackheads, and breakouts. Even on the clearest skin buildup has the ability to reflect light, making pores appear larger and more noticeable. On the other hand, washing too often or vigorously can inflame the skin.


Pores open and close.

Contrary to common belief, your pores don’t open and shut at their own will per se. Pores don’t have muscles, however they can constrict and dilate depending on certain environmental factors. The classic trick of using steam to ‘open your pores’ is really just loosening the contents of your pores as they dilate. Applying a cooling mask is a great way to lock in treatments, constricting pores and soothing irritation. (Pro Tip: The fridge is your friend.)


Blackheads occur when dirt gets into your pores.

Although this reasoning might seem logical, blackheads are actually the product of dead skin cell build up and oxidized sebum which gives them their black pigment. To prevent blackheads from making an appearance, exfoliate once a week using our White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C-Peel.


SPF will clog your pores.

False! As long as you’re using it responsibly (ie. using a light SPF moisturizer like our Firmarine SPF 30 or our Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15), wearing sunscreen will actually amp up your pore-minimizing game by protecting your skin’s collagen production, which suffers at the hands of sun damage and can lead to languid, dejected pores.


The size of your pores stay consistent for life.

As you age, collagen production inevitably slows down, leading to less resilient pores. So take care of them now in the name of your future face!