Diminish Large Pores

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Large pores are usually associated with an oily or combination skin type. Additionally as we age facial pores become larger because the skin loses elasticity and collagen thus causing the pores to stretch. Furthermore, did you know that large pores, believe it or not, can also be genetic? For the most part however, large pores are usually an indication of poor facial cleansing.

The skin produces natural oil which hydrates and protects the skin; unfortunately this oil attracts environmental pollutants, dirt, dead skin etc., which then becomes trapped in the pores. When the pore is clogged it stretches out thus causing the pore to appear enlarged. Usually large pores appear in the T-zone and especially on the nose. This is because that particular area of the face has the most sebaceous glands.

There are various methods to minimize the appearance of large pores. There are skin care products and DIY remedies.

Pore Minimizer Products - There are a number of products to help minimize pores, facial masks which draw out impurities, herbal steam which opens the pores so that your face can be thoroughly cleansed, and exfoliates, microdermabrasion treatments, alpha and beta hydroxyl acids and chemical peels all slough off the top portion of the skin. While all of the above methods will reduce pore size, it is important to take into account your skin type and sensitivity.

DIY Treatments worth mentioning are:

Baking Soda Mask - 2 tablespoons baking soda and just enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste to area that needs work and rinse in about 15 minutes.

Pore Cleansing Strips - no matter how much you clean your face sometimes the pores will not come clean. This simple recipe will clean out the pores and once cleaned out the pore will shrink back to normal size. For best results steam your face to open pores. Ingredients:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Mix both ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds until it is warm to the touch.
Note: this does not smell the best when taking it out of the microwave, but this recipe actually cleans out pores!

Tip: If you use a toner, keep it in the refrigerator. After cleansing the cool toner will close the pores before you apply your makeup or moisturizer. If you do not use a toner, rinse your face with cool water to close pores.

As in so many of my articles, I have tried to emphasize the importance of a good skin care routine. This should include cleansing, toning, and moisturizing/protection. Occasional facial masks and exfoliates are also a necessity. Another important factor is understanding your skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive) in order to make the correct decision when purchasing skin care products. Also note that your skin type can change with the seasons, hormonal variations, and age so evaluate your skin type from time to time and make the necessary adjustments to your skin care routine.

For wonderful homemade skin care recipes, including body scrubs, facial peels and masks, etc., visit Complete Skin Care Therapy

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