Ways To Shrink, Reduce and Minimize Pores on Face
While technically there is no way to really shrink pores other than procedures such as Microdermabrasion, there are many things you can do to minimize and make pores appear smaller on a daily basis right at home.
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Minimize Pore Appearance By Keeping Your Skin Clean
Keeping skin clean on a daily basis is one of the most important things you can do to make pores appear smaller. Excess dirt or oil in your pores can make give pores a larger appearance. Be sure to wash your face at least twice a day, once in the morning and especially before going to bed at night to remove any dirt accumulation from the day. As for women, never go to sleep with your makeup on. There are luckily many products on the market today for all skin types. Two of the best are Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser and
Olay Regenerist Pore Scrub.
One of the second most important things to do to help keep pores clean is to exfoliate at least once or twice a week. There are quite a few facial scrubs that are made to go deeper into the pores than usual to remove excess oil and dirt. Oil of Olay and Biore have scrubs available that are very gentle on skin but also have the added benefits of moisturizer as well.
Once a Week Face Mask
Face masks can do wonders in making skin look tighter and making pores look smaller. Be careful not to use these masks more than once a week however because using them too often can cause skin to become too dry.
Try Using Pore Strips.
Pore Strips are one of the easier and most effective ways to remove dirt and blackheads from pores. Originally created by Biore, other companes have since come out with these strips as well. Originally intended for the nose area, they now also make strips that can be used on cheeks and even the forehead.
You simply dampen the skin you want to target, place one of the strips on top and leave for 10 minutes. When you pull the strip off you will be amazed at how much hidden dirt is removed. Even dirt you didn’t know was hiding there. The added benefit, especially in the nose area, is that pores will immediately look smaller after just one application.
Apply a Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother
L'Oreal Skin Genesis has recently come out with a new pore minimizing cream that works wonders in making pores appear smaller. I highly recommend it because I use it myself. Simply apply cream once in the morning and once before going to bed.
Works especially well when used under makeup because it keeps makeup from getting in your pores and makes skin look smoother all day long.
Try Astringent or Toners
Using an astringent or toner will also create immediate results. Simply use before applying makeup or use before going to bed after washing your face. You might need to experiment with a few of these however because some toners and astringents can be extremely drying and can actually cause your skin to produce more oil to try and compensate.
Use Egg Whites and Lemon
A great concoction you can make at home is an egg white - lemon juice face mask. Simply mix an egg white with ½ teaspoon of lemon juice. Whip the two into a lather and apply it to your face. When it tightens and dries, rinse off with cool water.
See a Skin Care Professional
While all of the above procedures will help pores appear smaller, you might find you want to take it to the next level and visit a professional The two most common procedures for the reduction of pore size is Microdermabrasion or a Photofacial.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that can be done right in your doctor's office. It helps minimize pores and create a smoother complexion by gradually removing dead surface skin cells. Photofacials use
intense pulse light that will promote new collagen growth. While it may require a few visits over a six month period, it can really be worth the time spent because it goes a long way in tightening the skin and reducing large pores.