Hot Water & Open Pores | What Hot Water Does To Your Skin?

Hot Water & Open Pores | What Hot Water Does To Your Skin?


In the quest for flawless skin, many of us turn to hot water as a solution. But what exactly does hot water do to your skin, and how does it affect the appearance of your pores? In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the science behind hot water and its impact on your pores, explore the best ways to unclog pores, and provide practical tips for opening - and closing - pores. Plus, we'll introduce BelleCote’s skincare solutions to help you achieve your skincare goals.

What Hot Water Really Does to Your Skin



Contrary to popular belief, hot water doesn't actually open your pores. Pores are not like doors that can be opened and closed; instead, they can appear larger when the skin is softened and excess debris is loosened. However, hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and potential irritation. Moreover, hot water can cause dilation of blood vessels in the skin, resulting in redness and inflammation, especially for individuals with sensitive skin. Therefore, it's crucial to protect your skin with a moisturizer that provides hydration and sun protection.

BelleCote’s Double Sun Protection Cream is a perfect solution, combining SPF protection with nourishing ingredients to shield your skin from harmful UV rays and keep it hydrated throughout the day. By using lukewarm water instead of hot water when cleansing your face, you can minimize potential damage and maintain healthy, balanced skin.

The Best Ways to Unclog Pores

If you're dealing with clogged pores, incorporating products containing salicylic acid into your skincare routine can be highly beneficial. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin, penetrating deep into the pores to dissolve excess oil and debris. BelleCote’s Azelaic Acid Toner is formulated with salicylic acid, offering gentle yet effective exfoliation to unclog pores and promote a clearer complexion.

Additionally, retinoids can help prevent clogged pores by promoting cell turnover and preventing the accumulation of dead skin cells. However, it's essential to start with a low concentration and gradually increase to avoid irritation.

How to Address Open Pores



Addressing open pores requires a multi-faceted approach that includes both skincare and lifestyle changes. Start by ensuring your pillows and phone covers are clean, as they can harbor bacteria and contribute to pore congestion. When washing your face, opt for lukewarm water instead of hot water to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Using ice cubes before applying makeup can help to temporarily tighten and shrink pores, providing a smoother canvas for makeup application. Additionally, incorporating products containing niacinamide and peptides into your skincare routine can help improve skin texture and minimize the appearance of pores over time.

The Takeaway



Achieving healthy, glowing skin is possible with the right skincare regimen and lifestyle habits. Incorporate BelleCote’s morning and nighttime skincare routines into your daily regimen for optimal results. Start your day with BelleCote’s Marine Collagen Anti-aging Cleanser, followed by the Double Sun Protection Cream to protect your skin from UV damage. In the evening, treat your skin to BelleCote’s night-time skincare routine, including our Azelaic Acid Toner, containing an advanced combination of salicylic 2% and azelaic 10% acids, to unclog pores and promote a clearer complexion.


Use Marine Collagen Anti-Aging Cleanser every morning to wipe the slate clean of night sweat, sebum, debris…whatever develops between when you hit the sheets and when you crack open those gorgeous eyes!

Marine Collagen Anti-Aging Toner (for dry skin) is your personal genie that appears after you cleanse, ready to shrink pores, hydrate the skin, and maybe grant you one more skincare wish?


Clean with Marine Collagen Anti-Aging Cleanser to remove makeup, pollution, dust, and everything else dirty your day throws at you!

Tips from a BelleCôte Esthetician:

  • To be sure to remove all of your makeup, put Marine Collagen Cleanser on your face and neck and massage it in a circular motion. Let your makeup soak in the cleanser for about a  minute, then rinse  with room temperature water.
  • PM Perfect Retinol helps reduce the appearance of large pores. Natural retinol extracted from baobab oil, rosehip oil, and apricot cereal oil is gentle on the skin.
  • use Azelaic Toner only on your T-zone or the area where you are breaking out. Its drying effect may be too much for sensitive skin with small pores.
  • Use a mask: our Collagen Tightening Mask is perfect to shrink pores and lift the skin. For the best result use twice a week.

FAQ Section

Can Pores Be Permanently Closed?

Pores cannot be permanently closed, as they serve a vital function in regulating the skin's oil production and maintaining its health. However, you can minimize their appearance through proper skincare and lifestyle habits. Regular exfoliation, using products containing retinoids and niacinamide, and maintaining a healthy diet and hydration levels can help keep pores clear and less noticeable over time.

Is It Bad to Squeeze Your Nose Pores?

Squeezing or picking at your nose pores can lead to inflammation, infection, and scarring. The skin on the nose is delicate and prone to damage, and aggressive squeezing can worsen existing issues and create new ones. Instead of squeezing, opt for gentle exfoliation using products containing salicylic acid or retinoids to help unclog pores safely. Regular facials performed by a trained esthetician can also help extract debris from pores without causing damage.

Can Ice Help in Shrinking Pores?

Using ice cubes on the skin can temporarily tighten and shrink pores by constricting blood vessels and reducing inflammation. The cold temperature causes the skin to contract, making pores appear smaller and less noticeable. However, the effects are temporary and may only last for a short period. Incorporating ice treatments into your skincare routine can provide a quick fix before applying makeup or heading out for an event. Additionally, using skincare products with ingredients like witch hazel or astringents can help tighten pores and reduce their appearance over time.

What Are Some Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Minimize Pore Size?

In addition to skincare products and treatments, certain lifestyle changes can help minimize pore size and improve overall skin health. Maintaining a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can support skin health and prevent pore congestion. Drinking plenty of water helps keep the skin hydrated and flushes out toxins, reducing the risk of pore blockage. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and wearing sunscreen daily can also prevent damage to the skin's collagen and elastin, which can lead to enlarged pores over time. Lastly, managing stress levels through relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga can help regulate hormone levels and prevent excess oil production, which can contribute to pore enlargement.

By understanding the relationship between hot water and open pores and implementing effective skincare strategies, you can achieve the clear, radiant skin you desire.

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