Before we delve into how to make pores look smaller, we're going to give it to you straight.
Your skin needs pores to house something called sebum – its natural oils. Because of this rather inescapable reality, you can never get rid of them completely.
What you can do, however, is keep your pores clear of any impurities that could enlarge them.
1. Consider switching cleansers
Cleansing thoroughly is the first step to ensure pores stay at their normal size.
Make-up, sweat and pollution all sit on the skin throughout the day and need to be completely swept away to prevent pores becoming clogged and therefore enlarged.
A double cleanse is your secret weapon here: first, melt make-up with an oil or balm, then try a gel to really get rid of the grime.
2. Consider a peel
According to skin-specialist Ciara Darcy, chemical exfoliation is a great way to keep pores clean and clear. Incorporating a daily exfoliator can also work wonders. It speeds cellular turnover and reduces blockage to prevent congested pores, which look bigger.
Retinol can also be a useful ally with it comes to shrinking pores – but be warned against using it too heavily.
Retinol helps to minimise oil production and congestion build up in the pores that can potentially be a reason for enlargement. However, as with most active ingredients, too much of a good thing can have the opposite effect.
It's recommended that you use it three months on, two months off for optimum results.
If you’re considering professional treatment to help refine enlarged pores, a course of microneedling could be the answer.
Needling can be a fantastic treatment to minimise the appearance of pore size. It works by delivering micro-injuries into the skin, triggering a controlled, precise healing process. This results in accelerated, more structured collagen production. The increased levels of collagen and elastin thicken the skin, so our pores appear smaller.
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