Monday, November 23, 2009

How To Shrink Pores

Dear Holly Jean,

I have combination skin. The area around my nose and cheeks have enlarged pores.

I tried home remedies such as using baking soda as an exfoliant but it burns my skin. I think my skin is too sensitive for that.

Even when I use make up, my face still looks dull and uneven. How do I shrink my pores so my skin becomes even again?

From,
Orange Skin
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Dear Orange Skin,

Some of us have naturally noticeable pores, while some periodically have more open pores due to environmental conditions or skin irritation. And some have large pores due to recurring acne. Pores on the face and nose may grow and become larger in times of higher temperatures and humidity. Your pores become enlarged when you sweat and release oil.

Avoid squeezing pores no matter how tempting it is to try to remove the dirt and oil quickly. Aggressive squeezing can damage the surrounding skin as well as the pore, making the area look worse than it did to begin with.

Whatever the case the solution is simple and easy.
1. Gently wash your face twice a day. Sometimes, a buildup of oil can cause pores to become clogged and end up being enlarged.

2. Soak a washcloth in a bowl of cold water with cucumber slices. Apply cloth on your face for 5 or 10 minutes. Just as heat opens pores, the cold closes them.
3. To conceal pores, I recommend the Acne Pore Smooth Concealer from ettusais. Our pores are visible because of shadows caused by light on the enlarged pores and excess sebum. This product maintains your skin's sebum balance with AC-control Oil and it contains very fine powders to help disperse light and absorb excess sebum. Not only does it conceal open pores but it treats rough skin too. So your skin won't look dull.
Just scoop a little bit out with the little spatula and dab onto your open pore areas.

4. Finally use foundation/powder which are formulated to conceal and treat open pores. (Such as Zero Pore Pact) Large pores will be less visible, and your skin tone will appear much more even.

It's easy to shrink and/or conceal pores for a smooth, even complexion and perfect looking skin.

:) Put your best face forward.

Holly Jean.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:21 am

    hey holly,

    > Avoid squeezing pores no matter how tempting it is to try to remove the dirt and oil quickly. Aggressive squeezing can damage the surrounding skin as well as the pore, making the area look worse than it did to begin with.

    does this mean that we have to stay away from facials? cos those beauticians really do squeeze the pores very aggressively...

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  2. there are 2 camps for that issue actually.

    some ppl believe in squeezing... but i on the other hand don't think we should squeeze or pick at our faces.

    I used to go for facials years ago, at FANCL House. And I dare say that it didn't make a difference. Yes, the masks are soothing and moisturising, but u can buy those and do it yourself every 3 days even! and spend tht facial money to buy a quality product instead.

    I hated the "extraction" part of the facial. my face looks blotchy for days after tht. What they're doing is traumatising the skin with agressive squeezing.

    Good skin comes from a good diet,H2o, and a good daily skincare regime... not from going to a facial once a month.

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