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5 Myths About Your Pores – Busted!

If you have oily skin, then you likely have a difficult relationship with your pores. While having oily skin can have benefits, such as making you look younger, longer, it seems like there aren’t many things that can be found to celebrate about large pores. Here’s why you should forget these busted myths and love your face – pores and all!

Myth 1: Products can shrink your pores

Actually, there is no product that can permanently shrink pores. There are products that can help minimize the appearance of pores short-term, but such as topical retinoids or retinol creams. But the size of your pores is just a feature of your skin that cannot yet be permanently changed. Here’s something to remember: No matter how big your pores are, you are likely the only person who notices them in a magnified mirror every day. Most people are looking at your eyes, smile, or other features when they meet you.

Myth 2: Pores grow larger with age

For most people, pores are the largest at the start of puberty. It is true that pores do start small when we are children, but once you’ve reached puberty, you likely have the largest pores you ever will. Elderly people are not more likely to have larger pores than a teenager. One reason why it may appear that pores are getting larger as you age is that the skin loses collagen as we age, and that can make your pores seem larger as the skin becomes less firm and plump.

Myth 3: The sun can shrink your pores

Have you ever heard that getting a tan will help get rid of acne and shrink your pores? This is a common myth that should be busted sooner rather than later. The sun dehydrates skin, which oily-skin-havers know is a big no-no. This sends your oil glands into overdrive, and can often result in bigger pores, not smaller ones.

Myth 4: Blackheads mean your pores are clogged

Most of the time, what people identify as a blackhead is actually just fine hairs and sebaceous filaments (oil and skin cells). These dark spots are often found on the nose because of the active sebaceous glands there, but people mistakenly believe these are clogged pores, and attempt to treat or squeeze them out. This will not work because these filaments are just a natural feature of your skin. You may be able to control their appearance with salicylic acid and exfoliation, but no acne treatment or extractions will help.

Myth 5: Skipping exfoliation results in larger pores

There is a big myth that skipping an exfoliating step in your skin care routine can make your pores larger, but this is not a very common issue according to most dermatologists. This myth has led to other skin care problems as those with larger pores tend to overdo exfoliation, and end up with increased redness in their skin as a result. Keep exfoliation to a reasonable amount as you will be doing all that you can to minimize the appearance of pores.

Embrace Your Skin

Now that you know these pore myths are busted, it’s time to make peace with your pores. They are there to stay, and while you can work to minimize their appearance, they won’t ever be shrunken for good. Think of it this way – without your pores and the oil they produce, your skin would become so dry that it would crack open. Pores are heroes!

Your Compact Powder Case Turns 94! The Evolution of a Timeless Beauty Product

Makeup CompactBefore the 1920s, the everyday woman did not wear much makeup – if any at all. In fact, before the era of flappers and speakeasies, makeup was only for performers and women of “loose morals”. One reason may have been that makeup was a lot harder to put on before this time. Liquids, powders, tints, and other concoctions typically came in small pots, and applying them correctly took hours. That all changed on April 17, 1923, when the compact makeup powder was patented.

Changing Faces in the 20s

In fact, the 1920s are really to blame – or to credit – for the way we do our makeup today. Tubes, brushes, and compacts were all introduced to the makeup industry during this era, making it possible for the lovely flapper girl on the go to do her makeup anywhere. With the invention of the compact case, women who had previously stayed away from blush were now helping to bring this makeup staple into the mainstream – no longer relegated for “loose women” or performers only! Blush was either red or orange, and was applied on the cheek bones, in circles on the cheeks, and especially applied over a suntan a la Coco Chanel. While there were many other political factors changing the way women considered themselves during this time, it can definitely be said that the changing attitudes towards beauty and makeup helped to add to the liberation of women during this era.

Other Products on the Rise

Emboldened by the success of the newly minted compact, makeup companies started investing in other forms of convenient packaging. The first Maybelline mascara featured a tiny brush in a tin that was swept along a stick of black kohl. Nail polish also took off during this time, pioneered by French makeup artist Michelle M’enard in partnership with Revlon.

Safer Products

Another way that the invention of the makeup compact changed the makeup industry was to provide a new focus on safer makeup products. Now that makeup was more widely used and accepted, a larger audience demanded higher quality control. The makeup that we see today, carefully formulated to benefit our skin rather than thrown together with “whatever works best”, is largely due to the fact that the makeup compact made makeup more accessible.

Convenience Evolution

The convenience boom in the makeup industry has truly come into its own. Today, thanks to early pioneers creating compact cases and other convenient packaging, we now have things like “The 5 Minute Face” and makeup products designed to be used all over the face, like blush-lipstick-eye color combo sticks.

Imagine trying to do your 5-Minute Face routine (foundation, concealer, powder, highlighter, blush, liner, mascara, lip color, according to “What Not to Wear” makeup artist, Carmindy) without the aid of your compact case of powder or blush! Not to mention the convenience of lipstick that can be swiped on, rather than being carefully painted on from a pot. It is easy to see how, without this invention, makeup today would have been much different.

Celebrate Your Compact Case!

It is interesting that everything from the way we do our makeup today to the way we consider feminine beauty could be influenced by something so small as a clever bit of convenient packaging. But the invention of the compact case is worth celebrating for all of these things and more. Next time you wake up late but still manage to get out of the door with a beautifully fresh face, be sure to send a little thanks to your compact case!