Can Cold Water Close Pores?

can cold water close pores

Does cold water really close pores?

Nope. This popular and old beauty tip is just a myth.

Pores can’t open or close like doors. They don’t have muscular attachment. What cold water can do is only preventing them from producing excess oil.

If, after washing your face with cold water, you notice that you pores are a teensy bit smaller, then you probably used an exfoliating product too. You see, the size of your pores is determined genetically, but when they are clogged up with dead skin cells and sebum, they stretch and look larger than they normally would. Using an exfoliating product, especially one with Salicylic Acid which can get inside the pores and get rid of all the gunk that has accumulated in there, can make them go back to their normal size.

Retinoids, according to a 2002 study, can also help in reducing pore size by speeding up cell turnover and stimulating collagen production, which tightens skin. Tight skin = smaller pores. And, of course, you shouldn’t forget the sunscreen. As we all know, collagen and elastin deplete with age. As a result, the pores begin to stretch and sag, looking bigger.

This is why even women who never suffered from large pores can experience this problem when they’re nearing 50. Now, the depletion of elastin and collagen is accelerated by unprotected sun exposure, so to keep your pores from looking bigger when you’re older, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily is a must.

So, there you have it. To reduce the size of your pores, use exfoliants, retinoids and sunscreen. Cold water just won’t work, no matter how much your splash on your face.

Do you have large pores? How do you deal with them?

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Icaria, it’s incredible how many people still believe in it, isn’t it? And I like retinaldehyde. It’s a great alternative to retinol, especially for those with sensitive skin.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I do that too lol. It wakes you up straight away. Too bad it doesn’t have any other benefit.

  1. Janessa says

    I used to think pores could close because every beauty video I watched would always recommend steaming the face to open pores and then wash and rinse with cold water to close them and wow I am so glad I decided to do my own research after those methods doing nothing for my skin!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, unfortunately, this is a very popular myth. I used to believe it too when I was younger as magazines shared those same tips too. Luckily, we know better now!

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