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How to Minimize Pores

Parul Solanki
One of the biggest beauty woes plaguing women is enlarged pores. Although your pores can't shrink overnight, there are a few things you can do to minimize them. This story tells you ways to minimize your skin pores so that you can enjoy a flawless, smooth, and supple skin.
Blemish-free, beautiful skin is a dream for many women, especially for the ones who have to battle with a number of skin problems each day. Caused by genetic factors, the aging process, or an over exposure to sunlight, enlarged skin pores are a common problem that a number of people have to deal with.
Not to forget that enlarged pores are usually a precursor to the unsightly blackheads, acne, and pimples. Although there is no permanent measure to reduce the pore size, knowing how to minimize pores can help you decrease the size of the pores and prevent acne problems and breakouts that follow it.

How You Can Minimize Pores at Home

Before spending a fortune on salon treatments or on cosmetics, you can try out a few steps that can help you understand as to how to minimize the pores on face naturally.

Tomato Facial Mask

Tomato masks are a good way of not only reducing pores on the face but also of lightening the skin tone. For making this tomato mask, you need to first slice and deseed the tomatoes. Mash the tomatoes and apply it on your face. Let the mask sit for ten minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. If you have dry skin, then add some yogurt to the mask for a moisturizing effect.

Egg and Orange Juice Face Mask

Egg white has skin toning and complexion-enhancing ingredients while orange juice is a good bleaching agent. Mix two eggs with half a cup of orange juice and blend the mixture. Apply it on the skin and let it remain for around twenty minutes. Later, wash off with lukewarm water.

Baking Soda Treatment

One of the best ways of reducing the appearance of pores on the face is by using baking soda. Not only does it reduce the pore size, but is also quite effective in removing the buildup of dead skin and dirt on your face. Use a mild cleanser to cleanse your face. Wash your face and pat dry.
Now mix two tablespoons of baking soda with some water in the palm of your hand. Gently massage it on your face in circular motions. Do this for around half a minute and then rinse off with cold water. Use a soft, clean towel to pat your face dry. A week of regular treatment, and your pores will appear smaller.

Using Pore Minimizing Products

Home remedies are all very well, but if they are ineffective, you need to use some cosmetic products. From scrubs, purifying masks, to serums and lotions, there are many products that can help in minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.
Some of the key ingredients that you should look out for in a pore minimizing products are nordihydroguaiaretic acid, calcium carbonate, linseed extract, chestnut extract, lemon extract and orange extract. Here are some of the best...
  • Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner
  • Bliss Pore Perfecting Facial Polish
  • DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
  • Nars Skin Double Refining Exfoliator
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
  • Murad Sleep Reform Serum
Preventive Measures
In addition to these homemade face masks for reducing pores, you can also try incorporating some preventive measures that can help minimize pores and eliminate rashes and breakouts as well.
  • The best way to get rid of ugly enlarged pores is by sticking to a proper cleansing routine. Wash your face every day or even twice a day with a mild cleansing soap or a face wash, especially if you use makeup. This will help unclog pores by removing dirt, allowing the skin to breathe. Do not make the mistake of going to bed without expunging your makeup.
  • Exfoliating and toning the skin helps remove dirt and grime off your face while reducing the appearance of pores and tightening the skin. Using mild exfoliaters containing salicylic acid is one of the best way of sloughing off the dead skin cells trapped in the pores, while toning helps in constricting the pore size.
  • Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to avoid the pores appearing larger than they are.
  • Moisturize your skin daily, even if you have oily skin. In case you have an oily skin look for oil-free, gel-based moisturizers.
Remember that most of the home remedies and skin care products will not have instantaneous results unlike microdermabrasion and cosmetic procedures. However, with regular use and some patience, you can achieve flawless and radiant skin.