Here are Collyer’s recommendations for keeping your pores in check:
1. Develop the right skincare regimen
“Cleansing twice daily along with mild exfoliation a few times a week can keep the skin clean and pores open,” he says. “Choose products that are ‘noncomedogenic’, meaning they won’t block pores.”
As for products, Collyer suggests:
Cleansers with alpha or beta-hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid), or with zinc gluconate and magnesium, which help regulate sebum production.
Retinoids, to decrease build-up in pores and normalize skin turnover. Apply nightly. Your dermatologist can also prescribe a higher-strength tretinoin or tazarotene cream or gel (both retinoids), if necessary.
Matte moisturizers and masks. “Products labeled ‘mattifying’ will absorb sebum, preventing excessive reflection of light on the skin surface,” says Collyer. Check the ingredients list for clay, dimethicone, starch, cyclodextrin, and titanium oxide.
2. Protect against UV rays
UV exposure is the fastest way to age your skin and permanently enlarge your pores. “UV rays can degrade collagen and lead to increased pore size,” Collyer says. “Wear a light daily moisturizer with SPF, specifically a physical block like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.”
3. Consider professional treatments
“Your dermatologist can re-texturize your skin with a fractionated resurfacing laser,” Collyer says. “You can also have a tailored chemical peel or facial with an aesthetician, which will give the best results for visibly improving pore size.”
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