Skin Pores: Can You Really Alter Their Size?



Skin Pores: Can You Really Alter Their Size?

Q: Is it true that a hot shower should be followed by a cold one to close the pores of your skin?

A: There is no scientific basis for this claim. The visible pores on the skin surface are the openings for the sweat glands. The size of all of these pores can not be altered. When you take a hot bath or shower the heat may increase circulation slightly by causing small blood vessels close to the skin’s surface to dilate. A cold shower immediately afterward will constrict the blood vessels and may feel good to some, but it will not close the pores of your skin.

Amina Shelbaya, Beauty Consultant


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