16 Things You’re Doing That Are Ruining Your Pores

Pores. They’re such little things, yet they can cause big problems. When you think about it, your face is basically a canvas for thousands and thousands of pores. It’s probably not the best image you want in your mind, but it’s true. And when you think about it that way, you realize how your complexion can get messed up when you pores aren’t happy.

Skincare 101 tells us that nothing good can come of clogged pores. Clogged pores lead to blackheads, zits, and enlarged pores. And a lot of things can clog your pores from dirt, oil, makeup, general crud from the environment, and even dead skin cells.

The key is to keep our pores happy so our complexions will be happy. To do that, we first need to be aware of the stuff that can upset our pores. And I’m here to fill you in. Take a gander at 16 things you’re doing that are ruining your pores.

1. Squeezing all of the gunk out of them.



It might feel sooooooo satisfying, but you need to stop. You’re not a dermatologist, so you shouldn’t be squeezing away at your face. This can lead to irritation and it can actually create more skin issues if you’re spreading dirt and bacteria.


2. Not washing your face.



Come on, did you really expect going to sleep with a greasy face that’s full of makeup to be good for your pores? Nice try.


3. Not using the right makeup products.



There are so many great makeup formulas that won’t upset your skin at all different price points. When it comes to keeping your pores happy, look for non-comedogenic products. It means they won’t clog your pores and that is always a good thing. Also, look out for non-acnegenic ones to keep breakouts from popping up.


4. Failing to exfoliate.



Your cleanser is good, but it won’t get all of the buildup out of your pores. That’s where an exfoliator comes in. The grainy texture of it will help remove dead skin, oil, and dirt.


5. Constantly touching your face.



Leave your face alone. You might not even realize just how much you’re doing it. Do you like to inspect your face with a compact mirror? Or do you sit with your chin in your hands? Dirty hands plus a clean face can lead to pore clogging.


6. Experimenting with any old beauty DIY.



Beauty DIYs are great, but there are tons of recipes out there and some might not be the best when it comes to keeping your pores clear. Do your research before you apply anything to your face or stick with non-comedogenic, store-bought products.


7. Using dirty makeup brushes.



When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? If you don’t remember, that means they’re dirty. And where do you think that dirt and old makeup is going to go when you’re using those gross makeup brushes? Yup, your pores.


8. And applying makeup with old sponges and blenders.



Those blenders and sponges might not look as dirty as your brushes, but when was the last time you disinfected them? Don’t try to use the excuse that they don’t need cleaning because they don’t absorb makeup. They still do. You’re still touching them and they’re still floating around in your not-too-clean makeup bag.


9. Touching your phone to your face.



Your phone is probably connected to your hand which means it is swimming with germs. Sorry for the visual, but it’s true. And do you ever wipe down your phone? It’s time you do because when you put it to your face, all of the germs and going to go there.


10. Using a dirty washcloth or face brush.



Facial tools are great for getting a deep clean, but using dirty ones is never going to be good for your skin. Make sure you’re looking after your tools otherwise you’ll have to throw them out.


11. Not removing your makeup.



See the one about not washing your face before bed. In addition to turning your pillow a nasty shade of brown, all of that makeup can get impacted in you pores. That can lead to blackheads, breakouts, and not-so-hot pores.


12. Trying to “fill” them.



Are you layering on the foundation in the hopes that it will make your pores look invisible? Overdoing it can actually clog your pores, especially if you’re using the wrong formula. If you’re concerned with products enhancing your pores, try using a non-comedogenic primer before your foundation.


13. Apply glittery beauty products.



If you’re concerned about pore size, be careful about anything with glitter or shimmer because the prismatic finishes can actually make your pores look larger by drawing more attention to them. Whoops.


14. Over-scrubbing your face.



Do you think that if you keep on rubbing you’ll eventually get all of the gunk out of your pores? Stop. It won’t happen. The only thing that will happen is that your face will become irritated and that will actually make your pores look larger.


15. Using random tools to “treat” your pores.



Whatever gadget you have in your hand, I’d like you to put it down. The reason? You’re probably going to be too rough with it or you’re going to use the wrong technique. This can result in irritation and/or the stuff that’s clogging your pores to be pushed in deeper. Lovely.


16. Not using a pore product.



There are tons of products out there from cleansers to masks to treatments that will help with your pores. If you’re not using one, what are you waiting for?


What mistakes were you making with your pores? Let us know in the comments!

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