6 expert tips to shrink large, open pores

Enlarged pores bothering you? Here are some expert-recommended tips.


Open pores is a problem which is faced by many women especially those who have oily skin. Though each of us have pores and they are in fact necessary to keep our skin supple, the problem arises when they become enlarged and are visible to the naked eye. Here are some tips by celebrity make-up artist and skincare expert Caroline Frazer and skin specialist Dr Kiran Lohia to minimise the size of these pores.

'Products or DIY (do-it-yourself) remedies such as rubbing an ice cube on the face can help lessen the appearance of open or enlarged pores but only for a very short while -- enlarged pores won't disappear or shrink overnight. However, there are things you can do to make them look less visible,' said Frazer. Here are the tips one can follow:

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Most people who have larger pores have greasier skin. Look out for cleansers that will help de-clog the pores which contain ingredients such as geranium, chamomile and witch hazel to clarify and refresh the skin and help visibly reduce the size of pores. This helps reduce the dead skin cells which can get stuck in the pores. It will also help lessen the oil on the skin, which can make the pores look bigger. Use a salicylic acid based cleanser that helps reduce oil production by the sebaceous glands.

One can also try pore strips to help unblock the hard to shift areas on the nose, etc. But remember not to pop those pimples. When you try to extract your pimples yourself, you damage the pore, making it unable to go to its original size.

Exfoliation helps but not over-exfoliation. Aggressive scrubbing can cause the skin to get inflamed and also produce more oil. Use a retinol-based product every night. Retinol is derived by vitamin A and works by gently exfoliating the skin from within. If one wants to splurge, try a sonic face brush to help with the exfoliating. (Read: 5 common skincare myths about oily skin busted!)

Masks with Kaolin clay in them are great for those with large and clogged pores. One needs to use them once or twice a week for noticeable benefits.

Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated, which will enhance the appearance of the skin, reduce pore size, and help flush out toxins from the body.

Microdermabrasion can really help when it comes to treating open pores with the sort of intensity guaranteed to keep unwanted attacks of acne and spots at bay. Other treatments include AFT Technology, a light-based device that focuses on rejuvenation. Clearlift is another procedure which causes collagen stimulation making the skin more elastic and appear younger and pore-free.

With inputs from IANS

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