Last week, we talked about pores and how their size is determined by our genetics. Today, we’re going to look at how we can make our pores look smaller even though we can’t really make them smaller.
So we can’t make our pore smaller physically, but it is possible to make them look smaller. Yup, that’s right, we’re going to talk about some skin care tips to make those oil leaking pores look as close to invisible as we can.
Cleansing your skin
Make sure to use oil-free cleansers (but only if you want to, no pressure). Some ingredients that you should keep an eye out for are salicylic acid (1%), lactic acid(5%), glycolic acid(5%) or an antibacterial ingredient. Don’t get scared, these acids are organic acids and help protect your epidermis from bacteria and infection. This, in turn, helps prevent the clogging of your pores.
Exfoliating your skin helps remove dead skin cells, which can also collect in your pores, causing them to clog. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week can really help reduce the appearance of your pores’ size.
If you’re cleansing your skin with soap or with an oil-free cleanser, There’s not need to worry about toners. Toners do the same things as cleaning your face but usually with more chemicals and some toners can really dehydrate your skin. Though toners are also known to ‘tighten pores’, this smaller pore is short-lived and probably not worth the money of a toner in the first place.
Make sure to keep your skin moisturized, especially after you’ve washed your skin. The water will get into your pores and your cream/lotion will seal that water in, keeping your skin hydrated and keeping your pores free of any dirt/bacteria/dead skin cells, making them seem effectively smaller. So just remember folks, keep your skin clean and moisturized, and those pesky pores will be under control.
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