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How to Minimize Pores By Howcast

Postby Mutita » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:04 pm

You can't change the size of your pores, but you can make them look a lot smaller.

To complete this How-To you will need:

A facial cleanser containing salicylic acid
An oil-free moisturizer with retinol
SPF 30 Sunscreen
A facial primer containing silicone
Matte makeup
A gentle exfoliant
Redness-reducing eye drops (optional)
A dermatologist (optional)
An at-home chemical peel (optional)
A do-it-yourself dermabrasion kit (optional)

Step 1: Wash your face twice daily

Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which can minimize the appearance of large pores by unclogging them.

Tip: Spread a few squeezes of redness-reducing eye drops onto clean skin. They'll constrict your pores temporarily, making them look smaller.

Step 2: Use an oil-free moisturizer

Make sure your daily moisturizer is oil-free—especially if you have greasy skin—because facial oil can make pores look larger. Use one that contains retinol. It boosts collagen, making pores look smaller.

Tip: If you have sensitive skin, alternate using a moisturizer with retinol and one without.

Step 3: Use sunscreen daily

Slather on the sunscreen. Sun damage can make pores look larger—permanently. Use a sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection and has a minimum SPF of 30.

Tip: Using a moisturizer or foundation that contains sunscreen is an easy way to add UV protection to your daily routine.

Step 4: Prime your skin

Before applying makeup, prep your face with foundation primer containing silicone, which fills in the pores, creating a smooth surface for your foundation.

Step 5: Use matte makeup

Use matte foundation. It makes pores look smaller than cream- or oil-based ones, whose shine only highlights pores.

Step 6: Exfoliate weekly

Exfoliate your face weekly with a facial scrub or loofah. Exfoliating helps keep pores free of the dirt and oil that cause them to look larger.

Tip: Look for the word "gentle" when buying an exfoliant. If you over-exfoliate, your skin will dry out, responding by producing even more oil, and leading to larger-looking pores.

Step 7: Consider dermatological treatments

Ask a dermatologist if you're a good candidate for a topical retinoid cream, or for treatments like a chemical peel, laser-skin resurfacing, intense-pulsed-light treatment, or dermabrasion.

Tip: Drugstores carry at-home chemical peels and microdermabrasion kits.

Step 8: Consider the upside

Consider the upside: Prominent pores often result from oily skin, which looks less wrinkled than dry skin as you age.

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