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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shrinking Large Pores

Pores are essential to your skin's health by providing oil to keep skin soft & hydrated. However, you don't necessarily want to be reminded of their existence every time you look in the mirror.Pores are more prominent when they are dilated, infected, or clogged with oil, making them appear larger than they really are. While it isn't possible to permanently shrink large pores, there are a number of ways to make them less noticeable.

There are two main factors that contribute to large pores,  genetics & age. People who have skin that is naturally thick & oily tend to have larger pores. As people get older, too, sun damage & decreased skin elasticity can cause pores to dilate. The skin thickens, causing tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pores & make them look larger. Blackheads are also a big contributor to large pores. When the pore becomes clogged by dirt & bacteria, oil within the pore begins to accumulate, causing the pore's diameter to expand.

Unfortunately, there is no way to permanently shrink large pores. The good news is that the appearance of large pores can be greatly reduced in a number of ways. For example, cleansing the pores of debris, excess oil & bacteria will significantly reduce their prominence. This can be achieved by using a low- strength topical medication or face wash containing retinol or vitamin C. These antioxidants help the   skin increase collagen & Elset in production while simultaneously loosening dirt & oil from the pores.

Exfoliation is also key to minimizing the appearance of large pores. This can be accomplished using an  at-home facial scrub or by visiting a spa or dermatologist for a  microderma-brasion treatment special   type of facial that gently scrubs off the dead surface layer of the skin, revealing softer, healthier skin  beneath).

Never underestimate the power of cosmetics to minimize even the most prominent of facial flaws. Try reducing the appearance of large pores by using the following technique:

  • Start with a pre-foundation skin primer, which will help even out your skin tone & keep foundation from soaking into your pores.

  • Let the primer dry & then apply your foundation using a makeup sponge. Use a cream or cream-to-powder foundation, which is more likely to conceal large pores than liquid foundation.

  • Finally, dust your face with a loose translucent powder. Large pores will be less visible & your skin   tone will appear more even.

Although large pores may be bothersome early in life, they can actually present some benefits as the skin begins to age. People with large pores tend to have oily skin, which can help counteract the drying & wrinkling of the skin that occurs with age. Although conscientious skin care is important for people of all ages & skin types, those with large pores can embrace the fact that their skin will likely retain its natural moisture well into their later years.

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