by Eden Univer
Courtesy of Kyle Eriksen
First of all, this has to be said: No one sees your pores the way you see them in the mirror. What to you is a glaring connect-the-dots game on your face to everyone else is&normal skin. So the first step of this process is mental: Loosen up! But the next steps are very real and give you very real results, taking your possibly-slightly-visible pores down to the definitely-need-a-microscope-to-see-them level.
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So what are these things that bespeckle your skin? We'll let the expert take that one. "Pores allow the skin to breathe, and are the passage way between the inside of the body and the outside," says dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D. Okay, so they're totally necessary for everyday functionality, but we can make them less noticeable, and it's not as hard as you may think!
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"Daily cleansing and regular exfoliation are the best ways to keep pores clean," says Dr. Frank. Makes total sense: Pores free of gunk are going to be way harder to spot. But first, you need to coax those suckers to open up so you can get everything out. According to Dr. Frank, heat or steam is the best way to get the job done-try applying a warm washcloth to your face before scrubbing up."The Clarisonic skin care brush helps you to get in very deep," Dr. Frank adds. "Incorporating a scrub into your skincare regimen is also beneficial. Just be careful not to over-exfoliate the skin-a scrub once a week is fine." Sounds simple right? Well, sometimes it's too little too late and you're stuck with a blackhead or whitehead. To shake loose the bacteria causing the unwanted bump, keep cleansing, but try a spot treatment. If all else fails, visit your derm. "A dermatologist can remove it by opening it and extracting the bacteria," explains Dr. Frank.
Once you've cleaned and treated your skin, keep those hands off! At-home extractions can only lead (sometimes literally) to blood, sweat, and tears. And just say no to sun bathing or smoking. Dr. Frank points these out as major causes of enlarged or visible pores. Not. Worth it.
And finally, cut yourself some slack! Everyone has pores-but now you have the tools to make yours look tiny.
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by Eden Univer