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How to Minimize Pores

Watch more Skin Care 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Make your pores practically disappear with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Wash your face twice daily Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which can minimize the appearance of large pores by unclogging them. Tip Spread a few squeezes of redness-reducing eye drops onto clean skin. They'll constrict your pores temporarily, making them look smaller. Step 2: Use an oil-free moisturizer Make sure your daily moisturizer is oil-free—especially if you have greasy skin—because facial oil can make pores look larger. Use one that contains retinol. It boosts collagen, making pores look smaller. Tip If you have sensitive skin, alternate using a moisturizer with retinol and one without. Step 3: Use sunscreen daily Slather on the sunscreen. Sun damage can make pores look larger—permanently. Use a sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection and has a minimum SPF of 30. Tip Using a moisturizer or foundation that contains sunscreen is an easy way to add UV protection to your daily routine. Step 4: Prime your skin Before applying makeup, prep your face with foundation primer containing silicone, which fills in the pores, creating a smooth surface for your foundation. Step 5: Use matte makeup Use matte foundation. It makes pores look smaller than cream- or oil-based ones, whose shine only highlights pores. Step 6: Exfoliate weekly Exfoliate your face weekly with a facial scrub or loofah. Exfoliating helps keep pores free of the dirt and oil that cause them to look larger. Tip Look for the word "gentle" when buying an exfoliant. If you over-exfoliate, your skin will dry out, responding by producing even more oil, and leading to larger-looking pores. Step 7: Consider dermatological treatments Ask a dermatologist if you're a good candidate for a topical retinoid cream, or for treatments like a chemical peel, laser-skin resurfacing, intense-pulsed-light treatment, or dermabrasion. Tip Drugstores carry at-home chemical peels and microdermabrasion kits. Step 8: Consider the upside Consider the upside: Prominent pores often result from oily skin, which looks less wrinkled than dry skin as you age. Did You Know? One dermatologist calls women who obsess over their pores "porexics."
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