Enlarged, visible pores not only mar a picture-perfect complexion, they can also lead to acne because of the oil and, well, goop inside. When oil your skin naturally produces builds up inside the pore and can’t escape it can come back to haunt you as blackheads and blemishes. Tightening your facial pores with the right skin care regimen helps keep sebum build-up out and flawless skin in.
Cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle exfoliating cleanser that contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). These acids deep clean pores with the end result of shrinking them to help you achieve your best skin ever. Pamper yourself as you cleanse with luke-warm water, gently massaging your cleanser in upward circles. Gently pat your skin dry afterward to baby that gorgeous, glowing complexion.
Spread a light coating of a BHA toner over cleansed, exfoliated skin with clean fingertips or a cotton ball to further tone and shrink your pores for the flawless complexion you crave.
Yohini Appa of Neutrogena, quoted in Cosmopolitan online, recommends following up with a daywear light-reflecting lotion to reduce pores’ appearance even more. Since pores don’t “close” completely, a trick of the light can help you fake poreless perfection.
Don’t subject innocent skin to harsh facial scrubs containing ground seeds. Round granules help smooth away dull surface cells, but a scrub that’s too rough creates micro-tears that actually exacerbate enlarged pores over time.
Courtney Dunlop, “Skincare 101: 4 Common Problems Solved,” Marie Claire
“Pore-Shrinking Scoop,” Cosmopolitan
Paula Begoun with Bryon Barron, “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me”