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How to Minimize the Appearance of Pores

08/04/2016



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Get up close to a magnifying mirror and there they are: your pores. Your body has millions of them. They are more noticeable on areas where your skin is oilier, including your forehead, nose, and chin.

 

Here’s the hard truth: You’ll never be able to change the shape of your pore, but you can minimize the appearance of them.

 

Pores are the openings to your hair follicles, and each one contains a sebaceous gland that produces oil. The size of your pores is genetically determined. Larger pores are more common in people with medium or darker skin tones. Those with oily or acne-prone skin may have pores that also appear larger since trapped sebum and dead skin cells clog pores and stretch them out. The aging process, combined with sun damage, can weaken skin’s natural collagen production, thus causing pores to get bigger over time.

 

Follow These 5 Steps to Minimize the Appearance of Your Pores:

 

  1. Keep Your Face Clean:

It’s important to always wash your face with a gentle cleanser, especially before bedtime, removing any extra dirt or grease. In addition, cleanse before and after working out since sweat can carry cosmetic and debris to pore openings, where they will settle. Finish up by rinsing with cold water to close the pores.

 

  1. Exfoliate More than Twice a Week:

While keeping your face clean is important, it’s the act of getting rid of dead skin cells that really keeps your complexion looking its best. Use scrub or cleanser containing salicylic acid to prevent clogged pores.

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  1. Keep your skin hydrated:

Yes, you can start by drinking a lot of H2O. But you could also use a hydrating serum before putting on moisturizer. It will help shrink the pores and plump up the skin around them. Serums are packed with vitamins, anti-oxidants and natural ingredients that contain active properties to target specific concerns and help your skin stay hydrated and control pH balance.

 

  1. Never Skip Your Moisturizer:

Use your moisturizer twice a day. If you leave your skin dry, it will respond by producing excessive amounts oil that can lead to clogged pores. Also, before applying makeup, use a primer. It will prevent makeup from migrating into pores and minimize the look of pores.3

 

  1. Find the Right Face Mask:

Masks that contain ingredients such as clay or charcoal, work by absorbing oil out of pores, making the appearance of pores smaller. Make sure you use masks on a regular basis for best results. Moreover, if you have combination skin or multiple concerns, you can try the multi-masking technique: apply different facial masks simultaneously on your face to combat various skin concerns at one time.



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