We all have pores and we need them, but we don’t want them to be so large that that’s all we see when we look at our faces. Pores keep our skin hydrated and soft via the production of oil, but if they become clogged with oil, infected or dilated they will become more prominent and noticeable, according to Docshop.com. We can’t undo what nature has given us, but there are techniques that will reduce the appearance of large facial pores.
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Cleanse and tone. Use a face cleanser that works with your skin type and afterward apply a toner all over your face, according to Beauty-advices.com. Toners can be used even if you have dry skin. Apply the toner to your face using a cotton ball. You will be amazed (or horrified) at how much dirt and make-up remains on your face even after cleansing it. The toner will eradicate the dirt and make-up. Consider using an exfoliating toner that really penetrates the pores.
Think about using herbal astringents and toners that are made up of yarrow and persimmon leaves and organic apple cider, which claim to tighten pores. Drhauschka.com sells a clarifying toner that has nasturtium and daisy extracts that reportedly refine pores.
Splashing your face with cold water or running an ice cube over your face will reduce pores, according to Beauty-advices.com.
Apply moisturizer regardless of your skin type. Better yet, use one with a sun protection factor in it. A moisturizer protects your face from the elements, plumps up your skin and makes it look and feel smoother and more radiant.
Use an oil-controlling product on your face in any areas where you become excessively oily. Don’t put it on your entire face, just where you need it. This will refine and reduce the size of pores. Clinique offers a pore minimizer product that controls oil.
Apply a primer to your face before you put on your foundation. This will fill in enlarged pores, according to Beauty-advices.com.
Put on your foundation, but go easy. Too much foundation is going to broadcast the fact that you have large pores.
Use loose powder on your face. The powder will help disguise the the large pores.
Go the natural, home remedy route. Cindy Ausbrooks on Lowthyroidsymptoms.com notes that increased pore size may be due to too much sebum production. To diminish the size of your facial pores, make a mask out of an egg white and 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice. Whip it into a lather, put it on your face and allow your face to tighten. Another approach is using 3 tsp. of spirits of camphor mixed with 1 tbsp. of honey and 1 tbsp. of brandy. Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off.
Another idea is to mash up tomatoes and put then in buttermilk. Make a paste out of this and apply it to your face, leaving the paste on for 15 minutes. You can also use 1 tsp. of gum Arabic, mixed into 1 oz. of water, and apply this to the large pores on your face. Remove after 15 minutes.
Keep in mind that large pores, although probably genetic, can and probably will worsen with age. If you have oily, thick skin, your tendency will be toward big pores, according to Docshop.com. When the elasticity in our skin begins to decrease, that can make the pores dilate and increase in size. As we age, tiny cells collect around the edge of the pores as the skin thickens and this makes the pores look bigger. Blackheads are also a culprit: They contribute to the size of pores. When a pore gets clogged, its diameter expands. All the more reason to make a regular habit out of thoroughly cleansing your face.