How to reduce the appearance of pores
It’s important to start with the idea that you can’t make your pores disappear, but you can make them look smaller.
You need your pores! That’s how oil and sweat get to the surface of your skin. Many things can affect the size of your pores, including these six that you control.
1. Choose products wisely
Take stock of your skin care products. Zinc and magnesium help restore skin’s oil balance and cleanse pores, which can make them appear smaller.
Products with soothing ingredients such as rosemary and lavender can relieve irritation and prevent pores from stretching .
Also, choose products that say “non-comedogenic” on the label. That means it won’t clog your pores.
If salicylic acid is listed as an ingredient, it can help skin texture and unclog pores because it exfoliates the skin. Retinol or prescription retinoids also help unclog pores and make them appear smaller.
2. Keep your face clean
Washing your face is a short-term solution. It keeps your pores from having to expand to hold extra oil or other buildup from the day.
Exfoliating two or three times a week does the same thing.
3. Use sunscreen
Too much sun can make your skin less supple, making your pores look larger.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day and avoid being in the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4. Local treatment
Drier skin tends to have barely visible pores. Oily skin tends to have larger, more visible pores.
Some areas of your face may be oilier and show more visible pores than others. If the pores on your nose, cheeks or forehead are large, try treating the blemishes with a clay mask.
Apply a thin layer to clean skin, leave on for several minutes and rinse with water. Clay can quickly and gently remove excess oil from congested pores to make your skin look smoother.
Take a look at our treatments for oily skin, we are sure you will find them helpful.