How to Close Open Facial Pores
Open facial pores can be an annoying problem that might seem difficult to remedy. According to an August 2009 article in "Best Health" magazine, sebum reaches the skin's surface through the pores, which also house the hair follicle. The size of your pores is determined by a number of factors with the most influential being genetics. While there's not much you can do to close your pores permanently, you can minimize their appearance by following a specific facial care regimen.
Cleanse your face every morning before bedtime and each time you workout or sweat excessively. According to "Best Health" magazine, removing excess sebum, sweat and grime is crucial for maintaining healthy pores and creating a smaller pore appearance. Wash with a gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type. Use cool to warm water to avoid drying out your skin.
Steam your face weekly to remove any impurities, dirt, grime, toxins and pollutants from your pores. These particles can get trapped in your skin and lead to bigger problems such as acne and blackheads, according to author Naweko San-Joyz in her book, "Acne Messages: Crack the Code of Zits and Say Goodbye to Acne." Boil a pot of water and remove from heat. Place a towel over your head, carefully place your face above the pot, and allow the steam to open the pores on your face for five to ten minutes.
Use a homemade facial mask made with two beaten egg whites once weekly. Gently separate the egg whites from two medium-sized eggs and beat using a hand mixer until they are frothy and white. Apply to your facial area using your fingertips, avoiding the delicate skin under your eyes. Leave the mask on for five to ten minutes and rinse it off using cool water.
Dab an oil-controlling or pore-minimizing astringent or toner on your face after steaming or washing. Apply the toner or astringent with a cotton ball after drying your face with a clean, soft towel. This will minimize your pores and control any excess oil.
Apply a pore-minimizing or oil-controlling moisturizer to your face after applying toner or astringent. This will control oil and moisturize while preventing your skin from appearing shiny or greasy.
Rub a slice of cucumber over your skin when you need a skin freshener during the day. Cucumber can minimize the appearance of pores and remove excess oil, giving your face a fresh appearance.
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