Like many things about your body, pore size is genetically determined and cannot be changed. If you were born with large pores, then you’ll always have large pores. There is, however, some good news: You can minimize the appearance of large pores. Here’s how:
1. Sebaceous glands pump out oil that fills pores making them appear larger. By reducing the oil that’s produced you can temporarily “minimize” large pores. Try a lactic-acid-based toner or alpha-hydroxy-acid-based peel pads such as Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads.
2. Unclog your pores. Clogged pores that are full of trapped dead skin cells appear larger, so unclogging can make them appear smaller. Look for products containing glycolic acid such as DCL Glycolic Acid Pads 10%. Other effective ingredients include salicylic acid, and retinoids such as trentinoin, which is a prescription.
3. Exfoliate. There are two types of exfoliators: Physical exfoliators are scrubs that unclog your pores through friction. Chemical exfoliators such as alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids dissolve the sticky glue-like substance that clogs the pores; no scrubbing is needed. When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells from the upper skin layer revealing new skin that looks brighter and smoother and feels significantly softer. It’s easy to overdo exfoliation, so be careful. Once to twice a week is enough for most people. If your skin becomes red, dry, or irritated, stop exfoliating.
4. Use a make-up primer. Primers such as L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Base, Magic Perfecting, fill in the pores, making them look smaller and providing a smooth base for your make-up.
How about you? Got any favorite products that help minimize the appearance of pores? If so, share them with us in the comment section below.
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