Pores, they can be perfect skin’s worst nightmare. Although they might be just another thing you stress about as far as your looks are concerned, pores serve an important purpose. According to Dr. Audrey Kunin, founder of DermaDoctor skincare, “They allow sweat and oil to pass through them on the way to the surface of the skin to prevent it from becoming dehydrated. While you can’t change the pores you were born with, you can address enlargement that occurs due to congestion or blackheads.”
Tips to minimize pores:
- To prevent build up of oil and debris, it’s important to wash morning and night with purifying cleanse containing exfoliating ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acids.
- If you have a tendency to get extra oily, a clay-based mask can help soak up the excess while drawing out dirt and other waste, temporarily making pores less visible.
- For a one-two punch against blackheads and stubborn clogs, use a manual exfoliant, like a cleansing brush, in conjunction with a purifying face wash. Then, swab your skin with a clarifying toner containing a gentle non-drying acid like alpha, beta, alpha lipoic, salicylic, or glycolic to control sebum, and oil production.
- If you still need a little something extra, fake a pore-less complexion with an imperfection blurring primer.