You might not be able to change your pore size, but you can make them appear that way! Here’s how.

Many people claim that their pores – or, at least, the size of them – is one of their biggest skin problems. As we get older, they can also appear more enlarged and become an even bigger source of distress. The internet and social media are home to hundreds of (mostly ill-advised) hacks claiming to make them disappear. But this claim is one of many myths about our pores and how they work.

Problematic pores

There are around 20 000 pores on our face alone. They play a vital role in keeping your skin healthy by releasing oil and sweat and trapping and pushing out debris. But this doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes, dirt, skin cells, and makeup can clog them and lead to blackheads and breakouts as well as make them more apparent.

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Despite many beauty bloggers trying to convince people otherwise, it’s not possible to permanently shrink your pores. Their size is determined by your genetic make-up. What you can do, however, is keep them clear, tight, and *almost* unnoticeable. Here are four ways to do it.

  1. Use a chemical exfoliant

Scrubs can be harsh and compromise the skin’s barrier. Instead, keep your pores clean and clear by using a chemical exfoliant containing beta-hydroxy acids. Salicylic acid is a must-have as it exfoliates away the top layer of dead skin cells so that they don’t end up in your pores.

  1. Start using retinol

Retinol is loved because of its versatility. Not only does it boost collagen production in the skin for a more youthful complexion, but it also helps to keep acne at bay by encouraging healthy cell turnover, making it the number one choice across generations.

  1. Be sun smart

We all know the dangers associated with too much sun exposure <embed link: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/>. And it doesn’t take too much to be over the recommended limit. Make sure that you apply sunscreen daily, repeating every two hours especially when you are going to be spending time outdoors.

  1. Go for targeted treatments

When it comes to enlarged pores, sometimes at-home care doesn’t yield effective results. In these cases, targeted treatment solutions offered by your dermatologist can help. Laser therapy has been proven effective and diminishing pore size for smoother facial surface.