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Pores are responsible for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. Unfortunately, they are sometimes prone to overproducing a certain type of oil. This can lead to bacterial infections, or acne, and leave your pores looking larger than before. While your pores never actually change size, some substances can cause them to look bigger or smaller. Proper skin care and acne prevention are the best way to deal with pore size, but if you have had a recent blackhead, use a few simple methods to reduce the appearance of your pores.

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Choose a cleanser, moisturizer and toner that suits your skin type, and adjust your skin-care ritual to suit your skin as well. If you have naturally oily skin, use an oil-free moisturizer and a strong cleanser, and wash your face twice a day. If you have naturally dry skin, opt for a stronger moisturizer with a milder cleanser, and wash your face only once a day or every other day. When oil gathers around pores, it acts like a magnifying glass. Regular washing removes it.

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Hold a warm washcloth over your face to relax the pore walls and open them before you cleanse. This allows for deeper cleaning. Removing the whole blackhead is key to healing the pore.

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Exfoliate your face to remove dead skin cells, clear away oils and "tighten" your skin. Your pores don't actually shrink, but exfoliation causes their walls to swell slightly, making them look smaller.

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Splash your face with cold water to rinse off the exfoliant.

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Apply a suitable toner to the affected pore once a day. Look for toners with azelaic acid or alpha hydroxy acid.

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Hold a cool compress over the affected area. A cucumber slice or a cool tea bag also will work. This tightens the pore walls.

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Apply a facial cleansing mask, such as a mud mask, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Cleanse your face thoroughly and moisturize afterward.

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Wear facial sunscreen to prevent sun damage. Some moisturizers contain sunscreen.

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Dab a topical scar treatment, such as vitamin A or vitamin E cream, on the pore if it remains red and irritated.

Tip

Never squeeze or pop blackheads with your fingers. Avoid touching the pore as much as possible.

Consult a dermatologist if you aren't certain what type of skin you have.

Wash off your makeup before going to bed.

Treat your skin gently; don't over-exfoliate or over-cleanse. This can make it red and lead to scarring.

Consider having a professional perform a facial at a spa.

Eat a proper, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables to prevent blackheads. Avoid fats, sugars and processed foods.

About the Author

Amanda Gronot

In 2008 Amanda Gronot began her professional career as a writer for a research company. She helped ghostwrite a book for a prominent CEO and has had essays and translations published in the prestigious classics journal "Helicon." Gronot graduated with a four-year Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts in classics from Yale University.