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Your Ultimate Guide to Enlarged Pores

Skin Care Concerns

Your Ultimate Guide to Enlarged Pores Your Ultimate Guide to Enlarged Pores Your Ultimate Guide to Enlarged Pores

Enlarged pores are obvious and can be hard to cover up. These dips and crevices in your skin may be the first and last thing you notice when looking in the mirror. You may think you’re doing all you can to subdue their appearance, but large pores can be difficult to address and require special understanding and attention. To start, it helps to investigate what may be the cause behind your enlarged pores. In some cases, you may be unable to avoid them because large pores can be inherited; just like your eye color. However, large pores can also be a sign of skin aging or general pore congestion. Makeup, sunblock and just daily dirt can get caught in your pores, and if your skin is not cleaned well enough your pores can stretch to accommodate the buildup. Your pores are also highly sensitive to environmental factors like hot temperatures and humidity – and when irritated, can increase in size.


You may not be able to shrink your pores, but you can certainly help minimize their appearance. Retinol, along with other derivatives of Vitamin A, are commonly found in many skin care products. “Most often they are used to provide anti-aging benefits,” says Dr. Rocio Rivera, Scientific Communications Director, L'Oréal Expert/Paris. “Simultaneously, when applied to your skin, this ingredient can assist with unclogging dirt and debris from pores thru exfoliation. As a result, the enlarged pores undergo a tightening effect, which allows them to appear smaller.”


To minimize the look of large pores throughout the day, try a smoothing skin care product like RevitaLift® Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother for daytime. Its silky formula is equipped with Opti-Blur Technology, which works to diffuse light on your skin for a soft-focus blurring effect. It can help visibly reduce the appearance of pores, as well as help minimize visible lines and wrinkles. “This skincare product has a non-greasy feel and is non-comedogenic so it will not clog your pores,” says Dr. Rivera. “This means you can help the appearance of your skin’s texture by creating the look of a smooth surface, without leading to too much unwanted congestion that may contribute to the overall look of enlarged pores.”


Keep in mind too, that it’s not only about what skin care products you use, but about your skin care regimen too. To best address large pores, always wash your face in the morning and at night. Most people should follow up cleansing with regular exfoliation two to three times a week and some glycolic acid chemical exfoliating methods can be gentle enough to use more often. Consider introducing a day or night cream formulated with retinol, LHA or glycolic acid to help keep pores unclogged so that they are less likely to enlarge.