The face is the ‘front desk’ of our social persona but is subjected to the ravages of every environment we come in contact with. It is difficult to cover your face in most circumstances; unless it’s a bitter cold day or the air pollution factors are through the roof, wearing protection for the face can be socially unacceptable. Because of this exposure to the elements, the passing of years and the normal stresses and strains of life, many people fall prey to the scourge of visible open pores on their nose, cheeks and other parts of their face, and worse is the way they make the smallest blemishes and spots look bigger and nastier than they actually are. Added to that is the threat of acne, which can result from problem pores. There are a ton of products that promise the world and, maybe they work, but the bottom line is, if you want to get rid of pores, first they need to be cleaned, and then you can go about closing them. Omitting cosmetic products which are marketed heavily, I’m presenting here a succinct guide on different methods of achieving both these beauty regime goals
A clean face is the foundation of beauty:
Before you close the pores, they must be clean. Otherwise, there is a danger of infection and, of course, spots and pimples. Pores are holes and naturally will fill with external dirt and internal body oils. Here are a variety of way to get rid of this dirt using products found in the home. After each one of these processes, make sure you wash the face gently with warm water and then apply a moisturizer that’s free from colors and perfumes.
- Lemon- Either the juice or the rind will dissolve the dirt by rubbing gently into the skin in circular movements for 5 – 7 minutes.
- Steam- With a towel over the head, subject your face to the steam from a quart of boiled water. Add lavender oil or tea tree oil for increased effectiveness.
- Honey- Apply raw honey to the face, with or without natural yogurt, and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes and then gently remove with a wet cloth.
- Caster sugar- Mix about 110 grams of caster sugar with a teaspoon of lemon juice and use as an exfoliant, rubbing gently in a circle on affected areas of the nose and face, for 5- 10 minutes, then wash.
- Baking soda- Similar to the caster sugar, but add a small quantity of water and use as an exfoliant.
- Cooked oatmeal- Mix the cooled, cooked oatmeal with a small amount of honey and ground almonds, if available, and use it as a face-pack and then, before removing, as an exfoliant.
- Papaya- This excellent fruit is great for your skin on the inside and outside, so whether you use it as a facial rub or as something to eat, both will benefit the skin on your face and nose.
- Products and medical treatment- As well as the hundreds of products available from cosmetic companies, a facial scrub made from ‘Fuller’s Earth’ which you can but in any natural therapy shop will work just as well and cost less.
- Alpha and beta hydroxy acids, which you will find in your pharmacy, work as effective deep cleansers.
The closing act – the final countdown to blemish-free skin:
So your pores are cleansed and now need to be closed to prevent further dirt from entering and to give a more even appearance to your skin. This part is vital and can be done in a number of ways. Ice or ice cold water will do the trick instantly. Other home products include egg white, whisked and with some lemon juice added,which will work a treat, just as cucumber or natural yogurt, applied for ten to twenty minutes, leaving you feeling refreshed and beautiful and smelling good enough to eat.
If you would prefer to ask a professional and feel more secure leaving the issue of facial treatment in the hands of a doctor, dermatologist or beauty therapist, there are a variety of choices. You can get prescription medication; you may elect dermabrasion or dermaplaning, which remove the offending layer of skin; there is electrode treatment available from a clinic or your own ‘Zeno’ machine that can apply the electrodes at home; and finally, steroids, in the form of cortisone injections.
Expert tip! Whatever you choose to do, remember to be gentle with your face, always rubbing softly and keeping your hands clean when treating your face, especially around the areas of the eyes and nose. And keep smiling, because we all know that a happy face is a prettier face.