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Help for Large Pores

Help for Large Pores

Overview

Large pores may embarrass you as you interact with people while going about your daily activities. When your pores are clogged, they appear much larger--they also may contain whiteheads or blackheads. When oil, dirt and debris settle on top of your skin, they gather inside your pores, resulting in an enlarged appearance. While you can't shrink your pores, you can cleanse them and keep your skin toned to help reduce the appearance of large pores.

Step 1

Clean your face and neck thoroughly. Use a pH-balanced cleanser in the morning and before going to bed. Move your fingertips in an upward motion to bring the cleanser to a lather. Rinse the cleanser off with warm water. Exfoliate your skin twice a week directly after cleansing; exfoliate once a week if your skin is sensitive. Use a naturally textured exfoliant, such as jojoba beads, sea salt, oats or ground almonds.

Step 2

Boil 1 cup of water, add three bay leaves and let the liquid cool. Strain the mixture, and keep the liquid. Slowly add the bay liquid into a French clay base until you create a fairly thick mixture. Gently apply the clay mask to your skin. Let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the clay mask off with lukewarm water, and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Step 3

Apply antioxidant-rich serums that contain vitamin and mineral complexes in the morning and evening after a thorough cleansing. Such serums increase your skin's collagen and elastin, which smoothes your skin and makes your pores appear smaller.

Step 4

Seek professional skin care treatment for more obvious skin issues. Consult your dermatologist or a medical esthetician for recommendations based on your skin type and personal goals. She may recommend microdermabrasion, chemical peels or laser treatment. These in-office treatments effectively remove the discolored and damaged top layer of skin, revealing a soft, smooth and pore-less looking complexion, according to PlasticSurgery.org.

Step 5

Apply makeup primer to areas that have larger-looking pores, usually around your nose and on your forehead. Apply as much primer as necessary to make your skin appear smooth and hide skin irregularities. This makes large pores less visible while preventing your foundation from clogging your pores.

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