How to Reduce Enlarged Pores
Pores are the openings in the skin through which hair grows. Usually, pores are barely visible. Sometimes, however, buildup of dead skin cells around the pores can cause them to look much larger than they actually are. Knowing how to treat enlarged pores can help reduce their appearance and leave your face feeling healthier and looking smoother.
Wash your face regularly with a good exfoliant. Choose an exfoliant that is not too rough on the skin, as this will disrupt the oil glands and cause acne. The use of an exfoliant can help to shrink the pores by removing the dead skin that has built up around them.
After washing, moisturize your face using a skin cream or lotion that lists alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) as an ingredient. These acids are extracted from fruit and milk and have proven useful in removing the dead skin cells that gather around the pores. They will also leave the skin feeling and looking smoother. AHAs can be found in many lotions that are often easily found in major drugstores. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for best results.
Use a makeup that will work better for reducing pores. Many foundations should be avoided, as they are too heavy and will build up around the pores, causing them to appear larger rather than smaller. A better option is to apply a powder on the face, which can minimize the appearance of pores and give a cleaner look than foundation. If you feel the need to use a foundation, pick one that is water-based (as opposed to oil-based) and apply it to the face only after the moisturizer on your face has dried.
Go to your local spa and get a facial that focuses specifically on reducing pore size. Be sure that the facial technician is one that is certified and is experienced in giving facials.
Talk with your dermatologist about other options that may be available to you if large pores continue to be a problem.
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