Open pores regime <25 years
Open pores on the face and nose are common as you hit teens. Do you know why? Your oil-secreting glands get active in adolescence. The mixture of oil, dead skin cells and dust clogs your pores, leading to white/blackheads that eventually become open pores. Therefore, we recommend adding Vitamin C and salicylic acid to your skincare regime to reduce and prevent open pores.
What is this? Skin care regime for open pores less than 25 years of age
Who can use it? Oily to normal skin type prone to open pores
Sensitive skin: If you have dry and sensitive skin, then we highly recommend consulting a dermatologist for your open pores
Step 1: Facewash
Removing excess oils, dust, dirt, and pollutants from your face is essential. However, your face should not feel dry and stretched after face wash. You can wash your face a maximum of three times a day. You can choose from the following list based on your skin type:
Here are a few brand suggestions:
- SebaMed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is the best pick for combination skin prone to sensitivity breakouts
- Bioderma Sebium Cleansing Gel can be used for oily skin type prone to sensitivity breakouts
- Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is recommended for non-sensitive oily skin
- Cera Ve Renewing SA Cleanser is a good choice for very oily skin.
Step 2: Moisturiser
The purpose of a moisturizer is to deliver an active agent to your skin without further occluding your pores. We recommend starting Vitamin C serum in the morning, starting at 20. Vitamin C delays aging, promotes skin repair, and brightens up. In the long run delays open pores formation by slowing the aging process.
Therefore, we recommend using the following vitamin C serum that also contains salicylic acid:
Step 3: Sunscreen
Thick sunscreen can increase open pores. Therefore, use a lightweight sunscreen in gel or fluid form. Re-apply it 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. Avoid using sunscreen indoors to avoid unnecessary clogging of pores. Here is a lightweight sunscreen that is less likely to occlude your pores:
In addition, avoid heavy makeup or layering of products. You can put lightweight makeup on top of the sunscreen.
Wash your face in the afternoon if your skin feels oily. Suppose you can’t wash your face at the workplace, then wipe your face with cotton dipped in micellar water to remove excess oils and give an instant matt look. Re-apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
Remove makeup with micellar water rather than a cleansing lotion. Wash your face and apply Salicylic acid serum. It seeps into clogged pores, removes debris, and unclogs your pores. Regular use of salicylic acid in teens can reduce greasy look, build-up, acne, and open pores.
- Cetaphil Gentle Clear Serum is a good choice for sensitive skin types. It has 0.5% Salicylic acid.
- Paulas Choice 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant is a good choice for super oily skin types.
If your skin feels dry after using salicylic acid, put on a water base moisturizer like Sebamed clear face gel after 15 minutes. Avoid thick creams.
Suppose your skin is still secreting oils; consider replacing salicylic acid with retinoids after the 20s, as discussed in the article, Open pores regime above 25 years.
Once or twice a week, scrub your face gently and apply a face mask or pack.
Step 2: Apply face pack/sheet with multani mitti to tone up your skin and temporarily shrink the pores. MamaEarth Tea Tree Face Mask is a blend of Tea tree oil and Salicylic acid controls excess oil secretion, and prevents pore clogging and acne growth.