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Erm, what are pores anyway?

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Pores: that word comes up a lot when people talk about skin. Beauty bloggers seem to think they’re pretty darn important. Regina George *hates* hers. Even our mums moan about how they’re expanding into craters.

Big pores, small pores, visible pores, open pores… but what actually are they already? And while we’re here, what do they do? Hang on, where did they even come from because I definitely didn’t have them in primary school!? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Well don’t worry because we’ve got the DL, from what’s the norm to how to look after them.

Okay, so what actually are pores?

Pores are teeny tiny hair follicles that form small holes in the top layer of skin to release natural oils and let our faces breathe. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean we’re about to start sprouting hair out of every single one! Fun fact: we also have pores in the long strands of our hair, too.

What do they look like?

To the naked eye, they look like lots of little dots. On some people they’re larger, which means they’re more noticeable, but on other people they’re barely visible. The size of your pores is mainly down to genetics, so you can thank or throw shade at your ‘rents depending on how you feel about them.

Where do they appear on our bodies?

EVERYWHERE. Well, everywhere apart from the palms of our hands and soles of our feet, because we don’t have hair follicles on those bits. The reason why the pores on our face (and those on our back and chest) are talked about more often, and sometimes more of a problem, is because they’re larger in these areas – especially the ones on the nose and forehead. They produce more oil and get clogged easily, which results in blackheads and acne. Yay.

What’s their job?

While these pesky pores sound like more trouble than they’re worth, they actually have a really important job, because if our bodies produced natural oils which weren’t able to get to the skin surface… well… our skin would be dry, cracked and unhealthy. Think sandpaper, or fish scales. And while being a mermaid sounds fun, it’s almost definitely not.

How can you look after them?

Spots form when pores get clogged with trapped oil, dead skin, sweat, old make-up (the list goes on), so the first point of call is making sure you clear them out. It’s as simple as washing your face twice a day with a good cleanser to remove any nasties. The Nip + Fab Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster 2-in-1 Scrub & Mask in this month’s bettybox has been made exactly for this reason! Plus it uses some really cool ingredients like wasabi extract, volcanic pumice and salicylic acid to deeply cleanse and unclog your pores.

Secondly, resist the urge to pick or pop your spots. As grossly satisfying as this may be, picking and popping actually damages pores and makes them even larger.

So, there you have it. Pore 101. (Every day’s a school day, right) If you’re feeling confident, how about taking our quiz on spots?

Nip + Fab Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster 2-in-1 Scrub & Mask is available in February’s bettybox and from the Nip + Fab website. Each month, between January and March, we will bring you a full-sized Nip + Fab product in your bettybox as part of your new 3-step skincare routine.

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