Minimize the ‘hole’ issue
Pores—how can something so small create such big problems? Genetics and age both play a role in how big these little holes appear, but dirt, oil and sun exposure also affect pore size. Here are three ways to help minimize your pores:
Exfoliation via the kitchen. Try this do-it-yourself remedy to reduce the appearance of your pores: Mix a small amount of brown sugar with water and apple cider vinegar. Gently rub the mixture over your skin. Brown sugar has a natural exfoliant in it that cleans your pores. Or make a mask using half of a papaya (seeds and pulp removed), one teaspoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Mash the papaya, and then slowly blend in the lemon juice and honey. Apply the mixture to clean skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well. Do this a couple of times a week to detox your skin. Papaya exfoliates dead skin cells, lemon juice acts like a light fruit acid and honey balances your skin’s pH.
Get a new skincare regimen. If creating concoctions isn’t your thing, road test a pore-shrinking product containing retinol, which is designed to make pores appear smaller. Or use cleansers, peels and masks with salicylic acid or glycolic acid to help shed the top layer of dead skin cells and remove excess oil. But talk to a skincare expert first. The wrong cream can clog your pores, causing the opposite effect of what you’re going for.
Blot out oil. The best toners remove excess oil from your skinwhile cleaning and tightening pores. This makes it tough for dirt to penetrate the skin.