Augustinus Bader Contributor and award-winning medical and cosmetic doctor, Dr. Ewoma, takes over the Bader Journal each week to answer some of your most commonly asked questions on application, ingredients, and skin concerns. This week, Dr. Ewoma explains how to manage enlarged pores and minimize blackheads.
Why do we have pores?
All too often pores get a bad reputation, but in fact they are an essential part of our complexion; housing our skin’s natural oils, also known as sebum, which is responsible for keeping us healthy and hydrated. This means that while we can't completely eradicate our pores, keeping them clear of any impurities will minimize their size. In essence, when your pores get clogged, they will expand in size.
The size of your pores is genetic and, despite some skincare myths, pores cannot open and close - so skin treatments won’t be capable of making them physically smaller; instead you can utilise products that will prevent them from expanding in size and decrease their visibility.
The appearance of pores correlates with your skin type so those with oilier skin tend to have more and larger pores because all that oil needs to fit through; naturally this means people with drier skin tend to have a lot less noticeable pores.