Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What You Know About Your Pores is Wrong

Pores, or the oil-producing openings on your skin, often shoulder the blame for a lot of your skin problems. Some feel that they appear too large, while others see them as the source of blackheads and acne breakouts. We spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics for guidance in that area.

The reality is that pores might not be as bad as you think. However, there are still some things you can do about them if they bother you. In order to do that, though, it helps to understand the truth about your pores.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What You Know About Your Pores is Wrong

#1 The Size of Pores Cannot Be Permanently Changed

One frustration with pores is their size or visibility. And while a variety of solutions claim to shrink your pores — everything from over-the-counter exfoliators to in-office treatments — the reality is that all of these are short-term solutions. So while you can shrink your pores for a time if you need to look your best, you should know that it’s something you’ll likely have to do again.

#2 Blackheads Aren’t Necessarily a Sign of Clogged Pores

Pores also take most of the blame for acne and blackheads, but an acne breakout isn’t necessarily a sign of clogged pores. In fact, many of the tiny black dots in the pores that are thought to be blackheads aren’t actually blackheads at all, but rather fine hairs nestled into the pores.

#3 Pores Don’t Get Bigger As You Age

This is another fear of many about their pores — and a big reason that people want to shrink them — but the reality is that pores reach their final size at puberty. What changes is that the skin gets thinner and less fresh as you age.

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#4 Pores Aren’t All Bad

Pores release a substance called sebum, which actually helps to keep the skin from becoming dry and cracked. So don’t blame all your skin problems on your pores. They’re actually pretty important.

Skip These 7 Skincare Myths

Attempting to preserve radiant, glowing and youthful skin can often be a tricky road. There’s so much information out there that it can be difficult to tell what really, truly works. And the worst result is when something that’s generally accepted as good for your skin is actually pretty bad.

To help sort through the clutter, we spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. They helped us determine the skincare “advice” that you should probably avoid at all costs.

#1 Hypoallergenic Means Good for Sensitive Skin
In truth, the claim “hypoallergenic” on a product has become a bit of a buzzword and actually isn’t regulated or tested in any way. In fact, some hypoallergenic products even seem to cause allergies, so it’s best to not use this phrase as the determining factor when choosing products.

#2 Higher SPFs Mean More Sun Protection
The SPF, or sun protection factor, only measures the protection against UVB rays. But the sun also produces harmful UVA and UVC rays, too. A broad spectrum sunscreen is a better choice.

#3 You Should Stay within a Skincare Product Family
There’s a feeling of consistency when you choose products in a family line, but the reality is that they may not all be formulated the same to work well for you. Some picking and choosing is fine as you’re choosing the products that work best.

#4 Natural Always Means Good for Your Skin
Like organic or hypoallergenic, natural is another skincare buzzword. And while some natural products are great, plenty of natural ingredients, such as coconut or citrus, are natural skin irritants.

#5 People with Oily Skin Should Avoid Oily Moisturizers
If you have oily skin, your inclination might be to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. But people with oily skin can dry it out and cause blemishes and irritation just like everyone else. A regular moisturizer is still an important part of their daily routine.

#6 Lavender Is Great for Irritated Skin
Speaking of natural ingredients, lavender has long been touted as a good one to soothe the skin. Unfortunately, some people become more sensitive to the sun as a result of using it regularly, which can lead to even greater problems.

#7 Tanning Beds Are Fine to Use
This myth has been around for some time now, but unfortunately it’s just not true. The bottom line is that tanning beds can be every bit as dangerous as the sun.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.