Dealing with enlarged pores
If you have large pores, you want to know how to shrink them. Not only can they change the appearance of your face, but they can also be breeding grounds for acne and breakouts. However, many people with large pores are born that way – which leads some to believe that you can’t do anything about them. This is misled thinking. With just a few simple steps, you can help reduce the size of your pores or cover them up from those who are looking.
Keeping things clean
One of the best ways to start controlling enlarged pores is to make sure that they don’t look bigger than they need do. Often, larger pores are caused by an accumulation of dirt and oil – sometimes spouting up as blackheads or whiteheads. When you take the time to remove the dirt and oil from your face, you can lessen the overall size of your pores, though temporarily. Try to wash your face one to two times each day with a gentler cleanser. The trick is to buy something that’s gentle so that you’re not irritating the skin and causing more reasons for your pores to expand. Soap free products are good as are products that contain mild astringents (you could find these in the acne section). Simply lather up your face with the cleanser, rinse completely off and you’re allowing your skin to stay clean.
But wait…there’s more
The next thing you will want to do when you have enlarged pores is follow up with an astringent or toner. This can be a certain brand from a store or just simple witch hazel. By placing this on a cotton pad or ball and rubbing it on your face after you wash, you will help the pores constrict, leading to a smaller appearance. The only problem is that you don’t want to use that too much as you can also dry out the skin. Be sure to follow with a water-based moisturizer to prevent this from happening.
Do pore shrinking products really work?
The thing that you will want to remember about enlarged pores is that much of their size is determined by heredity, so you’re only going to be able to reduce their size temporarily with these products. If you’re heading out for a night on the town, this can be the perfect solution for making your makeup look its best. In the long run, however, your pores can only be minimized and not reduced permanently.
The key with creating a pore-free appearance to your skin is to use a foundation or a tinted moisturizer that’s suited to your skin type. When you use something that’s too oily or too drying, you will call attention to your pores. Try to determine the skin type that you are before shopping for a foundation. Another idea is to stick with a foundation that’s a cream and a powder in one. These tend to provide ample coverage for your pores, but also not be as heavy as liquid foundations. Make sure to apply a light dusting of powder when you’re done for a movie star appearance.