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Make your pores look smaller
September 12, 2017, 11:58 am

 You will never be able to actually change the shape of your pores, but it's not all bad. You can do things to temporarily make them look smaller. Your pore size is genetically determined, but you can reduce their appearance with a multipronged approach. First, you should reduce excess oil, which sits inside the pore. Second, you should exfoliate dead cells from the surface of the skin that sits around the pore's edge. Third, you should stimulate healthy collagen production to support the structure of the pore. So, here are some tips to make those pores seem hardly noticeable.

Vacuum-clean your skin. Large pores and excess oil go hand in hand. When sebum gets stuck in your pores, it causes inflammation that physically expands the pore, says NYC dermatologist Adam Geyer. An easy way to suck out all that oil: a charcoal face wash. Charcoal is known for its ability to bind itself to grime and extract it from your pores. In fact, charcoal can bind 800 times its weight in dirt and oil.

Slough smarter: In an attempt to keep pores clear, it's common to over-exfoliate, which can actually cause pore-engorging inflammation — the opposite of what you are going for. Swap gritty scrubs for a much gentler wipe or pad infused with chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Only use it two or three times a week, not daily.

Tighten up: As you age, your skin loses collagen and elastin — the building blocks necessary for tight skin and pores. That causes sagging, which scientists now believe is why pores shift from around to a droopy, teardrop shape. The old-school thinking was you can't change the shape back, but you can. Ingredients like yeast extract strengthen and firm pore walls, decreasing their diameter and helping restore a circular appearance.

Shield from the sun: In addition to oil and age, the sun plays a big part in how big your pores become. UV rays tear up the collagen in your skin which is responsible for keeping pores tight. A daily SPF can prevent structural skin damage before it happens.

Blur them out: While you're waiting for results to kick in from the treatments here, get an instant fix with a pore-minimizing primer, aka blur cream. Optical reflectors mattify skin and visually fill in pores so they look smaller and smoother. Look for an oil-free formula to avoid re-clogging pores.


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