Skin Care Tip of the Day: Pores aren’t like doors, they don’t open or close. Large pores are an indication of how much oil you produced when you were in your teens—the formative years for your pore size. When your skin rapidly pumped out the oil, the walls of the pore stretched wider resulting in larger pores. For those who were very oily all over the face (genetics), their pores will be larger everywhere while those that produced oil only in the t-zone, their larger pores are confined to that area. And for those that barely produced oil, their pores still remain tiny to this day.
What can you do to make the pores appear smaller?
The best way to reduce the appearance of large pores is to exfoliate often. By using a combination of both physical exfoliants (facial scrubs with round grains) and chemical exfoliants (like alcohol-free glycolic serums) on a regular basis, this will help remove surface dry cells so the opening of the pores are less deep making them look smaller. Another benefit of chemical exfoliants is they can get into the pores and help to keep them cleaned out.
Bottom line: you can’t shrink the pores, but you can definitely make them look smaller when using the right combination of products.
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