We’re over lines and wrinkles as a cosmetic concern these days. Now it’s all UV issues like hyper-pigmentation, tone and texture and pores. These are the new beauty battlefields, and the battle of the pores is one we’re worried we’re not gonna win.

Y’know, why so serious? Here are 10 things to know and take away about these little depressions on our skin, that cause us such depressions. Feel better, ladies.

  1. For every hair on your body, there’s a pore, and they’re an essential part of the skin’s function, wicking goo, sweat and sebum up out of the hair follicle to help maintain the health of skin’s overall health. Respect, pores.
  2. Between the ages of 25 and 50, pores can double in size. Why? It’s all to do with the fact we lose collagen in our skin as we age; the less plump it is, the flatter and larger they can appear.
  3. Everyone has them. EVERYONE.
  4. Yes, even Kate Moss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ivana Bacik and Caitlin Moran, Wonder Woman (Ok, maybe not her) all amazing women in their own right. But they all have pores, BBZ.
  5. Important lesson to learn: No one is even remotely, sightly bothered by your pores and they’re not looking at them, even a tiny little bit. This is because they’re paranoid about their own, probably.
  6. Are you a Porexic? This vile term was recently coined to describe someone who’s obsessed with theirs to the point of mania; constantly scrutinising, touching, squeezing and fretting over them.
  7. While they don’t open and close (they’re not doors), it is possible to minimise how big they look: regular exfoliation (not daily! A couple of times a week is fine) will ensure that dry skin and sebum are cleansed away, which could help them look a little more refined.
  8. You’re more likely to be large pore-prone if your skin is oily or combo, especially around the T-zone. That can often lead people to avoid moisturising in order to prevent the skin from becoming even more slick, but this has the opposite effect. Hydrate, because an oily skintype is often dehydrated, and therefore out of whack; over-compensating and producing more sebum. Adding moisture will help to make skin plumper; the hydration issue will be solved, and your pore issue will be addressed (at least partially), too.
  9. Cosmetic companies know we’re obsessing. One of the best ways to tackle the issue of pores that are deepening with age is with products that boost collagen, so look for creams that contain peptides, or products that are hydration boosters, such as moisturisers with hyaluronic acid. The idea here is that if you thicken up the epidermis from below, skin will smooth out, and pores will fill from the bottom, and be less noticeable. Then there are cosmetic products that are filled with silicone, which paper the cracks. Hey, whatever: every little helps, right?
  10. Lastly: Big pores now? You’re gonna be so happy in about 25 years time when your oil-prone skin’s still baby-smooth and all those pore-free, dry-skinned girls are looking like leather handbags. Life, it always finds some sort of way to reward us, eh?