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Large pores are a problem whether they are clogged or not. They disturb the texture of the skin and make it look not so healthy and even older.

However, pores do have an important role and they are there for a reason. It is through pores that sebaceous glands excrete natural oils that protect and cover the skin. However, they can expand and become visible when there is too much oil, which attracts dirt and dead skin cells and causes clogging. Clogged pores are more prone to bacterial infections and acne. People who have naturally oily skin tend to have enlarged pores more than others. Others get them with age, as the skin loses its elasticity. Some experts believe that factors like smoking, alcohol consumption and polluted environment also aggravate the problem with enlarged pores.

How to shrink enlarged pores

Enlarged pores pose the biggest problem when they are on face. Unfortunately, no treatment or method can shrink the pores permanently, but some of them, combined with proper skin care, can make them appear smaller and more prone to complications.

Cleansing is the base for handling the problem of enlarged pores. If the pores become clogged with sebum, which is natural oil, it can lead to pimples and to enlarged pores. The face must be cleaned daily, if not twice a day, using a facial wash or a mild soap that is suitable for the specific skin type.

Exfoliation is also very important. It removes dead skin cells and dirt from the pores, preventing their expansion. It is recommended to exfoliate at once, maybe twice a week. After it is well exfoliated, the skin regains its natural texture and smoothness and it is more able to absorb nutrients from lotions and moisturizers.

Facial masks are also recommended. Like exfoliation, these masks aim to remove any unwanted material from the pores and to cleanse them thoroughly. Clay masks are believed to be the best ones.

Since aging is one of the factors for enlargement of pores, it is recommended to use a quality anti-age facial cream. Such creams should contain retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamins.

Microdermabrasion is a good option for those who can afford it. It is basically a more intensive form of exfoliation, done with abrasive crystals that remove dirt, dead skin cells and excess oil. This treatment must be done by a professional.

Home remedies

There are certain home remedies that are believed to be able to shrink enlarged pores. For example, tomato juice seems to be very effective against this cosmetic problem. The method is simple, all it takes is to apply some tomato juice, as natural as possible, and to leave it on for 20 minutes, rinsing thoroughly afterwards. For even better results, some sandalwood powder can be added to the juice.

An effective facial mask that is all natural and shrinks the pores can be made by mixing one egg white with one tablespoon of lemon juice. The mixture should be stirred until it becomes fluffy and fairly firm and then applied to the face. It should be left to dry completely, or until the face begins to feel tight.

Eating well and always keeping hydrated also helps against enlarged pores. A good sun block lotion during summer is a must, as exposure to the sun can cause further enlargement of the pores.

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