4 Remedies To Help You Minimize Large Pores


One of the most persistent skin care problems is large pores, and when clogged, infected or enlarged with oil they become more pronounced. Yet, the oil your pores produce is necessary for maintaining soft, hydrated skin.

Unfortunately, genetics, collagen loss through natural aging, blackheads and decreased skin elasticity due to sun damage worsens the problem.

Despite the fact that pores cannot decrease in size, you can minimize the appearance of large pores with treatments practiced at home, in a dermatologist’s office or aesthetic salon.

Four Remedies That Minimize Pores

Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the face – an essential step towards minimizing the appearance of large pores. Cells that remain too long on the surface of skin flake and clog the sebaceous pores, leading to blackheads that make pores appear larger.

Exfoliation helps to speed up the shedding process, by gently removing the top, dead layer of cells from pores, creating smoother, softer and more translucent skin.

Home remedies include a honey and oatmeal scrub you can make yourself by combining roasted oatmeal with the zest of a lemon. Add a little water to form a paste.

Alternatively, you can use a gritty commercial scrub; however, choose a scrub with rounded beads that prevent micro-scratches from irritating the pores. Exfoliate twice a week for the best results, but keep- in mind, exfoliate to your skin’s strength. Your skin should be glowing, translucent and slightly pink, not red, irritated and inflamed.

Tighten Pores with Clay

Natural clay masks are an excellent addition to your skin care regimen, and when used weekly, clay masks will minimize the appearance of large pores. Large pores accumulate oil, which can cause blackheads — making pores appear deeper.

Although wrinkles and large pores occur naturally with aging, they become more noticeable on sun-damaged skin. Too much sun can break down natural collagen and elastin in the skin, leaving it less firm and visibly thinner.

As the clay dries on the face, excess oil is absorbed and dirt lifts from the pores, leaving the skin detoxified and refreshed without over-drying.

Additionally, most clay masks combine bentonite and kaolin clay, which soothes and calms sensitive skin; however, if used too often, clay masks can dry and irritate the skin, especially if prepared with added scents and chemicals.

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids

In youth, dead skin cells exfoliate naturally; however, with age, the natural exfoliation process slows. Hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells from enlarged pores, smoothing the skin surface.

Smaller concentrations of hydroxy acids may be present in over-the-counter applications, and higher concentrations present in applications administered by a dermatologist or aesthetician.

  • Alpha hydroxy acid is water-soluble, and work best on thickened, sun-damaged skin where pimples are not present.
  • Beta hydroxy acid is oil soluble, works best on oily skin, blackheads and whiteheads, and penetrates sebum-filled pores better.

Always remember, when using hydroxy acids, follow with a liberal amount of sunscreen.

Skin Primers and Cosmetics

Skin primer is a pre-foundation cosmetic that evens out the skin tone by keeping foundation from seeping into pores. Primers are a quick-fix remedy that reduces the appearance of large pores.

Apply your primer with a make-up sponge and allow it to dry before applying foundation. Cream or cream-to-powder foundation provides a smooth finish and works best to conceal large pores. Use a light finger, or preferably a foundation brush, to apply your foundation.

Choose products labeled hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, which produce fewer allergic reactions and prevent pores from clogging and forming blackheads.

Finishing with a light dusting of translucent powder, and using blotting paper throughout your day will help to make pores less apparent.

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