Truth: “Porexia” is a thing
Are you obsessed with the size of your pores? Would you do anything to make them appear smaller? If so, you’re far from alone. Fully 45 percent of women would change the size of their pores if they could, and almost a third are more worried about pore size than wrinkles, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 women by L’Oreal Paris. This collective pore obsession has given rise to a new condition—porexia. Nearly half of U.S. women polled would give up something in exchange for smaller pores; 23 percent said they would give up alcohol for a year, 17 percent would give up social media for a year, and 11 percent would give up shaving their legs for a year! The good news is that putting pore myths and facts into perspective can eliminate the need for any such sacrifices.
Truth: There are two types of pores
Your skin is comprised of oil pores and sweat pores. Oil pores are actually hair follicles. Each contains a sebaceous gland that produces oil (sebum), and these pores tend to be the source of our cosmetic discontent. “Sweat glands are very small, so it’s the hair follicles that bother us more and tend to become blocked,” says Gervaise Gerstner, MD, a New York City dermatologist.