How to Prevent Large Pores
Pores provide a protective service to your skin by allowing natural skin oils to reach the surface; however, they can become a nuisance if their size expands. Pores get clogged with excess oil, dead skin and blackheads, which will begin to expand the overall diameter. As you age, you produce less collagen and your skin loses its bounce-back factor, so even after your pore is unclogged, it remains in the enlarged state. Unfortunately, you are unable to change the size of your pores. However, a healthy daily skin care regimen is the key to preventing enlarged pores from occurring in the first place.
Wash your face using a gentle facial cleanser in the morning with lukewarm water. According to the book "Beauty: The New Basics," rinse with cool water to tighten your pores.
Apply a moisturizer specific to your skin type. Skin types range from oily, dry, combination and acne-prone. According to "Beauty: The New Basics," people with oily skin tend to have the most visible pores since the oils draw attention to the pore. If you have oily skin, look for moisturizers that are oil-free.
Apply a sunblock with a minimum SPF 30 every day before leaving the house. According to DERMAdoctor, sun damage can attract attention to enlarged pores.
Wash your face at before going to bed, especially if you wear make-up. Repeat the morning procedure: wash your face with lukewarm water and rinse with cool water, and then apply your moisturizer.
Use an exfoliator twice a week to remove dead skin cells. You could use a facial scrub or an over-the-counter microdermabrasion kit. By removing dead skin cells, you keep the pore clear of debris and bacteria, while also making the pore appear smaller.
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