In spite of popular belief, the actual size of enlarged pores cannot be reduced without invasive treatments, but there are techniques that will help minimize the look of enlarged pores and make them appear less visible.
One of the simplest ways to minimize the look of enlarged pores is the keep the skin clean. That’s because enlarged pores are caused by an accumulation of oil and dirt, whick blocks the pore, enlarging it and resulting in blackheads and whiteheads.
The best way to keep pores clear is with a basic cleansing routine of washing, conditioning and moisturizing. Click the link to read more information on the Best Way to Clean your Face – see tips and tricks for really clear skin.
Once or Twice a Week:
The simple four-step daily routine will help keep the skin clean, but it will still be necessary to exfoliate once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells that will magnify the pores if left untreated.
You can use over the counter exfoliating creams containing alpha hydroxy acids (fruit acids), or creams recommended by an Esthetician, such as Glycolic Acne Scrubs to dissolve dead skin cells. You can make your own exfoliating solution by mixing brown sugar and olive oil to create a paste to rub gently on the skin. Another simply home remedy is with baking soda. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water. Using your fingertips, gently massage the mixture on the skin for 2-3 minutes, rinse off with warm water. All of these treatment slough away pore-clogging dead skin cells.
Steaming the face opens the pores and loosens any dirt and debris. The high temperature of the steam also stimulates the skin to rid itself of toxins through the open pores.
You can use a facial steamer for about 10 minutes, or you can drape your head with a towel over a basin of very warm water, holding your face about 18 inches away from the basin for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Refining Clay Masks
To keep your clean pores clean and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, apply a pore refining mask once or twice a week. Refining clay masks not only deeply cleanse the pores, they draw out the impurities while refining the skin texture, leaving the pores looking smaller.
Apply the mask on clean skin, avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10-12 minutes. Rinse off completely with warm water. Pat skin dry with a clean towel.
Pore minimizing creams and lotions
Pore minimizing (refining) products should definitely be part of your treatment routine for enlarged pores. They target the production of sebum (oil) in the pores, clear away dirt and debris to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Pore refining creams go on as a lotion then like a powder to fill pores for a smoother appearance. Look for moisturizers containing natural ingredients, vitamins, and retinol to increase the collagen production.
Topical Vitamin A Treatments
Vitamin A is thought to help minimize enlarged pores. That’s because Vitamin A has a small enough molecule to penetrate the skin and repair it deep in the layers where collagen and elastin are produced to increase exfoliation and stimulate cell turnover. This results in healthier, softer and smoother skin. Enlarged pores will appear smaller and less noticeable. Retinol is pure Vitamin A and must be obtained from a medical doctor. A synthetic form of Vitamin A, is Tretinoin, also called Retin-A is also effective, but must be obtained by a medical doctor. Over the counter forms of Vitamin A are not as strong but will eventually do the job.
Make a simple Vitamin C treatment with lemon juice to encourage cell turnover and keep the pores clear. Simply soak five or six cotton pads in fresh lemon juice and place them on areas that are the most affected by clogged pores. Leave on the skin for at least 10 minutes then remove them to let the skin dry. Repeat two or three times a day. Warning: This is not a treatment for people with sensitive skin – it is most suited for those with oily skin.
DID YOU KNOW…
Did you know that using the correct make-up for your skin type will help improve the look of enlarged pores. The incorrect product – something too oily, or too dry for your skin type, will only enhance the look of large pores.
Did you know that you can temporarily ‘shrink’ the appearance of enlarged pores by applying ice to the skin. Wrap a cube of ice in a clean cloth and apply it to the face. The cold ice will shrink your pores, making them look smaller and tighter. A great trick for that special night out when you want your skin to look its best!
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