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4 Easy Ways to Shrink Your Pores

shrink your pores with these tips

Pores, pores, everywhere. Our skin consists of pores, so we have them all over our bodies, even on our heads. These tiny holes enable toxins such as oil and sweat to escape from our bodies.

So, even though pores are necessary, enlarged pores can make you self-conscious, especially when they’re in prominent areas like the face. 

While we don’t think the size of your pores should prevent you from feeling beautiful, we get that they can be an annoyance and we’re happy to offer some tips to help shrink them!

Causes of Enlarged Pores

These small openings on the skin can become enlarged due to an accumulation of dirt, bacteria, and other factors. 

Some common causes of enlarged or open pores include the following:

  • Excess oil secretion
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Sun exposure
  • Bad diet
  • Genetics
  • Poor hygiene
  • Too much makeup
  • Sweat
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Certain cosmetics

4 Tips to Easily Reduce Pore Size

Pores play an important role in the skin, so you have to live with them. But, you can make them less noticeable using natural methods. 

These four tips will help you shrink them effortlessly.

1. Scrub regularly, but gently!

Exfoliating or scrubbing your skin will eliminate dead cells. Incorporate this into your weekly skincare regimen to see positive results. 

But, a word of caution: Make sure you don’t overdo it, and use a gentle scrub that will not irritate your skin. Some natural scrubs include sugar on a lemon wedge, baking soda mixed with water, and a tomato/oatmeal combination. Feel free to test out different recipes to see what works for you!

2. Cleanse daily

Daily cleansing of your skin, particularly if it’s oily or clogged, will significantly reduce pore size and acne symptoms. 

Again, be sure to use a gentle cleanser. You can get one that contains glycolic acid, but don’t overdo it, as your skin may dry out. 

Also, be sure to wash any makeup off before bed, and don’t use hot water since that could be damaging. As hard as it may be, you should also avoid the urge to squeeze pimples or blackheads, as that can cause enlarged pores and scarring.

3. Wear sunscreen

Wear sunscreen to protect your skin, even on cloudy days. Consider using primers that have SPF, as they can help make pores less obvious by tightening your skin.  

4. Make healthy choices

Sometimes, the most basic changes can make the biggest difference in how your skin looks. So, be sure to prioritize eating well, drinking enough water, and exercising often.

Keep to a balanced diet full of veggies and fruits, remember to drink lots of water, and cut back on caffeine and alcohol, since internal hydration leads to better skin on the outside. Regular exercise also increases blood flow and encourages sweating, which is great for your overall health.

With a few habit changes and time, you should see a great difference in your pore size and how your skin looks overall!

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