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Ways To Shrink Your Pores

Despite the perfectly airbrushed headshots on the front covers of celebrity-filled magazines, everyone has pores. If we didn’t have pores, then our skin wouldn’t be able to take in the oxygen it needed, our hair wouldn’t be able to grow, we wouldn’t be able to regulate our core body temperature by sweating and allowing the liquid to evaporate, and we wouldn’t have a way to push irritants and waste out of our skin.

Unfortunately, in today’s society, large pores are considered less than attractive— perhaps because from afar they can look like freckles or blackheads, and they break up the optical illusion of smooth, flawless skin that is as homogenous as glass. If you’re looking to get a little bit of that airbrushed perfection in your day to day life, here are some simple tips to help you shrink your pores.


Dead skin can cause your pores to expand. Dead skin can also lodge in your pore and create blackheads and other irritated skin issues that cause pores to expand. In order to keep pores small, it is important to exfoliate on a regular basis. While there are many exfoliating products on the commercial market, there’s no reason to spend a large amount of money on some miracle cure. Any drugstore exfoliant will do (or you can make easily make your own). Exfoliants also help clear debris out of the pores, ensuring that your pores won’t get too large due to irritation or swelling.

Vitamins And Antioxidants

Topical creams that contain vitamins and minerals can help temporarily reduce the appearance of pores by cleaning out all of the bacteria and other things hiding deep within them. Antioxidant face creams, such as those containing retinol or any form of vitamins A, C, or E, can work wonders in cleaning out pores and helping them shrink to their natural size.


Two of the biggest things that affect the size of your pores are your age and your genetic predisposition. If either of these are a factor in your large pores, then perhaps a concealer is the best option on special occasions. Cover the problem areas with a bit of liquid concealer, and then either put on your foundation as normal or finish with a dusting of finishing powder.

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