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Why Do I Have Large Pores?

You should view your face like a work of art. Not only because you’re beautiful, but also because your skin needs to be a flawless canvas. So why are those unsightly pores spoiling the smooth perfection of your skin’s surface? Here are the three main causes for large pores and what you can do to minimize the size of them.

Oils and Impurities

Pores are openings in your skin that contain a hair follicle and a sebaceous gland (BestHealthMag). When oil and dirt clog your pores with an ugly sludge of impurities, the diameter of the opening actually expands so the pore appears larger and more prominent. Our best solution is to remove dead skin cells by exfoliating regularly and ensuring that pores stay clean and tight. 

Our recommendation: Pear and Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher. This exfoliant is one of the best ways to get rid of large pores caused by blocked openings. A gentle exfoliating mask, the polisher buffs away dead skin cells, improving the texture of the skin and leaving it glowing.

Eminence Organics Balancing Moisturizer DuoAging and sun damage

The double whammy of age and sun damage can alter the look of your pores (WebMD). With age, the skin produces less collagen and becomes inelastic. The sun causes further damage to aging skin, leading to a greater loss of firmness. The end results are pores that are larger and distended into an oval shape due to slack skin.

Our recommendation: Balancing Moisturizer Duo. The Green Tea T-Zone Mattifier in this super-duo targets the skin with active ingredients including green tea, willow bark and tea tree oil that reduce the appearance of oil on the skin and specifically control pore size.

Gender and genetics

Sometimes, you’re just genetically predisposed to inherit large pores, especially on the nose and the cheeks. Men generally have more pronounced pores than women, as do women undergoing hormonal changes. Your skin type is also key: People with oily skin tend to create more sebum, increasing the likelihood of clogged, enlarged pores.

Our recommendation: Blackberry Pore Refining Serum. Specially formulated to control the size of pores, this serum is non-oily and astringent in nature. Regular use minimizes the look of pores and also smooths and refines the skin. 

Tell us how you deal with your large pores - let us know in the comments below.

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