Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to your pores. And in today’s world where high-definition TV makes even the tiniest skin blemish larger than life, enlarged pores have become a new target in the quest for perfect skin. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of your pores—they are the opening to our oil glands and tend to become more noticeable as we age. Also, contrary to claims made on labels for many skin care products, you can’t actually shrink your pores. But there are things you can do to minimize their appearance and help restore an even-looking complexion.
Keeping it clean
The key to making your pores appear smaller is to keep them clean. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to wash away dead skin cells and prevent oil from building up. Excess oil can clog your pores—making them more visible—and can also cause acne. And no good comes from having pimples. In fact, picking at or squeezing a pimple can cause trauma to the skin, which may permanently enlarge the pore.
The truth about toners
We’re always being asked, “Do I really need to use a toner?” The fact is, toners play an important role in your skin care regimen by getting rid of any remaining makeup residue or excess oil that sits in your pores. They also adjust your skin’s pH balance so you have just the right amount of oil to protect your skin without causing blockages. Many people love the fresh feeling after using a toner, and others maintain that their pores feel tighter! Choose an alcohol-free toner, such as the Obagi-C® Rx C-Balancing Toner, to prepare your skin for the next step in your skin care routine without drying out your skin.
Less is more
If you can’t fix it, covering up large pores sounds like the next logical solution. But caking on the foundation can actually make it worse. Foundation can pool in pores, making them more noticeable. Instead, prep your skin with a primer before you apply the foundation to create a perfectly smooth canvas—much like how spackle fills in holes on a wall before you start painting! And always remember to wash off the foundation before going to bed.
So next time you’re poring over your pores, remember, taking care of your skin as a whole with a regular skin care regimen will not only help you maintain beautiful, healthy-looking skin, but it’ll also help you achieve that look of pore-fection!