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#1 firefly3

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:55 PM

does hot water really open pores and cold water close them?

if so, would it be better to use hot water to open pores before applying a topical?
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 08:36 AM

yes

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:09 AM

I don't like hot water as it tends to irritate the skin. You're better off gently exfoliating either mechanically (baby's hair brush method) or chemically (AHA, etc) to improve penetration of topicals rather than using hot water.

Washing with warm water is so much better for the skin. It will reduce irritation and redness, too. Try it! I wash with warm, rinse with warm, and then do a final cool or cold water rinse. It feels very nice and keeps my skin from being 'tight' after a wash, and helps it feel cleansed and comfortable at the same time.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:30 AM

QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 18 2008, 07:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't like hot water as it tends to irritate the skin. You're better off gently exfoliating either mechanically (baby's hair brush method) or chemically (AHA, etc) to improve penetration of topicals rather than using hot water.

Washing with warm water is so much better for the skin. It will reduce irritation and redness, too. Try it! I wash with warm, rinse with warm, and then do a final cool or cold water rinse. It feels very nice and keeps my skin from being 'tight' after a wash, and helps it feel cleansed and comfortable at the same time.
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I have never tried the cold water rinse after washing my face with warm water. I just tried it and my skin feels a bit better. Thanks for the tip Wynne! wub.gif
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:57 AM

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does hot water really open pores and cold water close them?

if so, would it be better to use hot water to open pores before applying a topical?

Yes, it is true. My thinking is to use warm water (hot will dry your skin and make it more red) to open your pores when cleansing, rinse with warm, then after the first rinse rinse again with cool water to close the pores. I don't think it makes much difference if your pores are open or closed when you apply your topicals, but you want to make sure nothing gets down in there that you don't want. If you wear makeup you def. want them more closed first.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:06 AM

thanks all.
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nucelle 10% mandellic acid or Volcano-X sulfur cream when my skin is feeling dry.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:35 PM

For what it's worth (which isn't very much), I don't recall ever seeing anything in the medical literature about this alleged "pore-opening" or "pore-closing" effect of hot and cold water (respectively). Even if it's actually true, my hunch is that the effect doesn't last very long, anyway, making the question rather moot.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:49 PM

I read (obviously that doesnt mean its true) that the pores have no muscular lining to constrict in any way, its more that the cold water has a temporary tightening effect on the actual skin as a whole due to the effects of temperature on vascularity which may slightly close the pores as the skin constricts, but its negliable. No product really can tighten pores, its just that when a pore is producing normal amounts of oil and is not getting clogged than it appears smaller as there is no blockage to stretch it out. The only thing that can really acheive that is accutane.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:53 PM

The same applies to hair. Many hairdressers say to wash hair in warm water and do a final rinse in cold water to reseal the hair cuticles.
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Posted 21 January 2008 - 07:47 AM

QUOTE (Jenstar @ Jan 18 2008, 07:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The same applies to hair. Many hairdressers say to wash hair in warm water and do a final rinse in cold water to reseal the hair cuticles.


Hair cuticles are much different, physiologically, than pores. While cold water is beneficial for hair cuticles, the temperature of the water really doesn't have any effect on how "open" your pores are. Pores do not open and close like doors. Although the idea may make sense, as though they were little valves or something, this isn't the case.

However, water temperature does make a difference in other ways. Hot water can lead to broken capillaries near the surface of your skin, so it's a no-no. Washing with warm water is recommended, and I've always likened it to doing dishes. Have you ever tried doing dishes with cold water? Possible, yes, but much more difficult. Does anyone know if water temperature has some effect on dissolving oil/dirt? I would think that the warmer the water, the less viscous (or more...I always get viscosity confused....I mean thinner, more fluid! Any help?) the oil on your face, and the easier to wash it away. Cold water might actually make oil harder to wash off, if this is the case.

What cold/warm water do do for your pores is this: Warm water or heat in general actually makes your skin expand (for girls who wear rings...you know how they're tighter in the summer? Yeah, this is why), so I guess it could make the pore openings LOOK larger, and when combined with less (or more?) viscous oil, make people think they're opening their pores up. Cold water constricts blood vessels and doesn't have as severe a plumping effect as warm, so I suppose it could make your pores look smaller.

I guess that was a long way to say: NO, pores do not open and close. But water temperature does matter, and can have a visual effect on skin.




Plus warm water just feels nice, doesn't it?

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 07:55 AM

QUOTE (firefly3 @ Jan 17 2008, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
does hot water really open pores and cold water close them?

if so, would it be better to use hot water to open pores before applying a topical?


luke warm water is much better for your skin. it will open your pores without burning.

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