Editors handpick every product that we feature. We may earn money from the links on this page.

Saggy Pores Are a Thing and Here's How to Tell If You Have Them

*Grabs vanity mirror*

Getty Images

This past weekend, I went to KCON—an annual K-Pop and K-beauty convention in NYC—and spent some time brushing up on my skincare prowess at the Glow Recipe booth. It was there that co-founder Christine Chang clued me into the fact that pores can, in fact, sag. Lovely, I thought, before running to the nearest mirror to asses the droopiness of my own.

"The direction of your pores are a giveaway," explained Chang. "As you age, the firmness and elasticity of the skin decreases and skin doesn't bounce back as easily, causing sagging. This can result in oblong, elongated pores that stretch in a downwards direction."

From what I could tell, I was in the clear. But like all matters of aging, I knew this satisfaction would only be temporary if I didn't clue myself in on what causes this phenomenon and learn how to deal with them if/when they appear.

What Causes Droopy Pores

  • The slower production of collagen and elastic in the skin i.e. getting older.
  • Sun exposure, which breaks down the collagen in the skin.
  • A build up of sebum and impurities that cause the pores to look more exaggerated and enlarged—especially when the sebum is oxidized and turns into a darker color.
  • Lack of hydration, which contributes to lackluster, dull, and uneven skin texture.

    How to Prevent/Treat Saggy Pores

    1) Treat with Active Ingredients: "Look to treatments that can help with skin elasticity and firmness," says Chang. "Tried-and-true firming ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants, as well as newer ingredients such as artichoke, can help the skin appear more supple, plump, and hydrated." 

    Since learning that artichoke is the new kale (at least for the face), I've been layering the Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence ($38) underneath my moisturizer as it's formulated with 60% artichoke extract and works to tighten the appearance of pores. It's wonderful.

    2) Deep Cleanse Daily: "While you can't physically shrink the size of your pores, you can take steps to make them less visible by double cleansing and exfoliating," she says. 

    You can double cleanse by massaging a cleansing oil, like Whamisa's Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil ($38), into the skin with small, circular motions. Then, use a gentle foaming cleanser, AKA one that's free of sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates like Whamisa's Organic Flowers Creamy Foam Cleanser ($35), to pick up whatever leftover debris there is. Doing this daily will keep your pores in check...and resistant to gravity.

    View this post on Instagram

    [천연으로만, 클렌징이 가능할까?] . . . 8초에 1개씩 팔리는 유명 클렌징오일 명성만큼이나 피부에도 안전할까요? 잘 지워진다고,용량이크다고, 혹시 습관적으로 사용하고 있는 것은 아닌지... 세정력은 그대로, 또 안전하게! 자연의 힘으로 그 한계를 극뽁! 궁금해요! '유리피부 그란떼 클렌징라인' . . . ■그란떼 클렌징오일 [비교]광물성오일vs식물성오일 광물성오일은 공업용으로도 사용이되는데요! 세정력이 강해 시판되는 대부분의 클렌징오일에는 주되게 들어가지만, 이는 피부장벽을 약화시켜 민감하고 건조한 피부를 만듭니다! >유리피부는 페이셜오일에 들어가는 식물성오일을 사용! 동일하게 드라이클리닝효과를 내어 노페물과 피지,화장품 잔여물을 딥클렌징 해주죠! . . . . ■그란떼 클렌징 폼 [비교]합성계면활성제vs식물성계면활성제 유리피부 폼에 함유된 식물성계면활성제는 코코넛,옥수수 등 식물에서 추출하여 자극이 적고 노페물 배출이 용이하여 위험성이 낮아요 >하나 더! . . [ 거품]이 많이 나야 좋을까요? 정답은 No!!!!거품이 많이 난다면 필요이상으로 계면활성제가 첨가된 것은 아닌지 살펴봐야해요! 하지만, 여기 예외인제품이 있습니다 바로 유리피부 그란떼 클렌징 폼인데요 이제품에는 식물성 버블 비누풀 추출물을 활용하여 조밀하면서도 풍성한 거품으로 피부에 닿는 느낌까지 순하다는 사실! 인공색소, 인공향로는 No No 구입시, 꼭 전성분을 확인해주세요! #유리피부 #화장품 #천연화장품 #뷰티 #뷰스타그램 #뷰티스타그램 #피부관리 #팔로우 #맞팔 #클렌징 #메이크업 #미세먼지 #날씨 #얼굴 #동영상 #yuripibu #cosmetic #beauty #kbeauty #like4like #followme #makeup #clean #cleansing #instamakeup #makeuplooks #makeupbyme #face #movie

    A post shared by [유리피부] 명품을 천연으로 재해석한 화장품 (@yuripibu) on

    Follow Marie Claire on Facebook for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more

    Advertisement - Continue Reading Below