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DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR PORES ARE THE SIZE OF POTHOLES OR CRATERS? DON'T WORRY! THERE ARE OPTIONS FOR REDUCING THE APPEARANCE OF LARGE PORES!
HOW DO MY PORES BECOME ENLARGED?
Almost exclusively, hormones regulate the oil glands that produce the sebum (oil), which moves through the lining of each pore and then onto your face. With normal oil production, the oil easily flows through the pore lining and out of the pore, spreading over the skin's surface. The problems arise when your oil glands make too much oil. This excess oil mixes with other substances (such as dead skin cells) in the pore to form a clog. Not surprisingly, this clog makes it difficult for the oil to flow freely, which causes the pore itself to enlarge.
Even though the pore enlarges to provide extra room for the oil to flow out, the oil still can become trapped (especially around the nose) by dead skin cells. Once this occurs and the material (oil and skin cells) at the end of the clogged pore is exposed to the air, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead.
Find the Best Exfoliant
Skin naturally sheds billions of skin cells each day. When this natural shedding slows or stops due to sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or different skin disorders, the results are unmistakable: dull, dry, or flaky skin; clogged pores; blemishes; white bumps; and uneven skin tone. Using an exfoliant steps in to help put everything in balance again.
When you gently get rid of built-up skin cells you can undo clogged pores, stop breakouts, smooth out wrinkles, even make dry skin become a thing of the past! You're on your way toward brighter, smoother, more radiant skin that will look younger, not to mention be free from acne, blackheads, and bumps.
BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE MAKEUP YOU USE
Be careful about the makeup you use and be sure to get it all off at night. If you're using thick, heavy makeup to cover red marks, even out an uneven skin tone, or hide large pores, be aware that the texture of such cosmetics can make matters worse.
Also, be sure you're removing all of your makeup each night; never go to bed without washing off your makeup. Neglecting to thoroughly, but gently, remove all your makeup can make clogged pores worse, increase blackheads and white bumps, and lead to dull-looking skin. Don't let that happen to you!
CONSIDER HAVING A FACIAL
Aestheticians who know what they are doing can extract blackheads without damaging your skin.
FIXING THE PROBLEM
Stop using skin-care products that clog pores or cause your oil glands to produce more oil. You must avoid products that are too emollient (meaning thick or greasy creams) or that have a creamy texture, as many moisturizers do. If you have oily skin, creamy, emollient skin-care products will lead to clogged pores.
USE A SALICYLIC ACID (BHA) EXFOLIANT, IN GEL OR LIQUID FORM, WITH NO IRRITATING INGREDIENTS
Gently exfoliating skin with a BHA can both remove excess skin cells from the surface of the face (so they don't build up in the pore) and exfoliate inside the pore (to improve its shape), allowing for a more even flow of oil.
ABSORB EXCESS OIL
Clay masks can be great at absorbing oil and are an option, as long as they do not contain other ingredients that are irritating. Some cosmetics companies also offer oil-absorbing products to be worn under makeup; these are definitely worth trying to absorb oil all day long.
USE ONLY GENTLE CLEANSERS
Drying cleansers hurt the skin's healing process, making red marks from blemishes last longer. If a cleanser causes irritation, it can stimulate more oil production. Regarding bar soaps: The ingredients that keep bar soap in its bar form can clog pores.
VISIBLY SHRINK YOUR PORES AFTER ONE WEEK!
Sonic technology and the Deep Pore Brush Head generate powerful fluid forces activating the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser to gently remove surface debris and help control excess sebum.