Acne Prone Skin Care : How Do I Close & Open Skin Pores
Can I Shrink My Pores?
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My skin is very oily, and my pores look larger than normal. What can I do to smooth out my skin?
— Marisol, California
Pores are the openings of oil glands in your skin, so people with bigger and more active oil glands tend to have large pores and rough-looking skin. Although pore size is mainly determined by heredity, there are ways to minimize their appearance.
Enlarged pores can become clogged with oil, dead skin, and bacteria, so it's important to keep your skin clean. Be sure to wash your face before going to bed, especially if you wear makeup. Look for a cleanser with salicylic acid which helps control oil and unclogs pores, like Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam or Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads. Once a week, use a facial scrub to remove rough, dead skin and reveal softer, newer skin cells. For best results, avoid scrubs made from walnut shells or apricot pits, which can scratch your skin. Instead, try a product with smooth beads, such as Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Microbead Cream Scrub.
If at-home products don't do the trick, consider going to a facialist for a microdermabrasion treatment. This procedure uses fine crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells and help keep blackheads under control. For best results, it should be repeated every four to six weeks. Your dermatologist may also recommend medical treatments that can reduce pore size, including salicylic acid peels and photofacials (which use intense pulsed laser light).
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