3 Tips To Minimize Pores

“My pores are huge.” – Regina George

We have many insecurities – some of us aren’t fond of our skin texture, like pores. Although pores are pretty natural, having visible pores compared to our flawless peers isn’t exactly the most flattering thing in the world.

The size of your pores depends on genetics, sun exposure, and regardless of their size, they perform the same function. Pores allow your skin to breathe. If they get pretty noticeable, you can shrink your pores, and it’s not as hard as it seems.

So, the first thing you gotta do is stop looking at your pores. They’ll seem smaller if you pay less attention to them. Follow the next 3 tips for visibly smaller pores.

1. Double cleanse. Religiously.

Cleansing away all the impurities from your face works to reduce the appearance of your pores, and doubly so. Pores that are free from gunk and impurities always appear less visible. You’ll need to open up your pores so you can get them thoroughly cleansed, so apply a warm cloth on your face before cleansing to get the job done.

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2. Get to know your BHAs

BHAs are part of chemical exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, and allows room for skin rejuvenation. Unlike a physical exfoliant, chemical exfoliators won’t risk your skin barrier being damaged by excessive scrubbing. You may feel clean while scrubbing, but that’s really your moisture barrier being stripped off. Your pores will develop a less visible appearance when dead skin cells are gently cleansed off with chemical exfoliation.

3. Never stop applying SPF

UV rays and pollution causes free radical properties that destroy collagen and elastin in your skin, which causes it to become less tight, and makes your pores all the more visible. SPF is one surefire way to protect your skin from UV rays. While some SPF may give your skin a shiny appearance, you can always mask that with a matte primer or foundation.

Don’t pick or try to squeeze sebum out of your pores. It may be satisfying and tempting, but bacteria from your fingers can enter your pores and cause breakouts. Yikes! As always, love your skin, and your skin will love you back.