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What can be done for visible pores?

Asked by Stephanie Radziewicz 3 Rep.

What do I do to shrink my pores?

Stephanie Radziewicz answered
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    Great question! Enlarged pores are caused by excess oil and dead cells mixing together to form a clog in your pore. A pore is a small open hole surrounding a hair follicle that sits above an oil gland. The opening of these glands release oil into the open space of your pore. When the buildup of dead cells sitting on the surface of your skin mix with excess oil, a clogged pore is formed. But even when the pore is clogged, the oil gland does not stop producing oil which creates a backup of excess oil, which then enlarges the size of your pore.

    While you can’t make pores disappear altogether, there are ways to minimize them. “It is a combination of physical and chemical exfoliation,” said Dr. Schultz. Using exfoliants will remove dead surface skin and ultimately, prevent the mixing of dead cells and oil in an open pore. Try using a physical exfoliator at the end of your shower by massaging it into your skin for ten to fifteen seconds before rinsing it off. A granulated exfoliator should be gentle and applied on and around your nose.

    Following your shower, you should then use a chemical exfoliant, such as the BeautyRx Dermstick for Pores or any product with five to 10 percent glycolic or two percent salicylic. The combination of the physical and chemical exfoliant should be used every day, once a day. In two weeks, you will begin to see a reduction in the size of your pores.

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