How to make open pores disappear from your skin

Pores they’re so tiny, they shouldn’t be that visible, right? Oh, if that were only true. Some of us have noticeable pores, and we’re not too happy about it. Unfortunately, you can’t physically reduce their size without seeing a dermatologist, but you can make them look less obvious. Thanks to a few pro tips and tricks, there are ways to make them (almost!) disappear.

Keep your face clean.

“When dirt clogs the pores, they expand and appear larger,” explains dermatologist Dr. Margarita Lolis.

“So, it’s important to always wash your face with a gentle cleanser, especially before bedtime, to remove any extra dirt and grease.”

On top of cleansing every day, always use clean makeup brushes and never touch your face with your fingers. Your complexion will thank you.

Before you put on your foundation, use a primer.

Yes, you can camouflage their appearance with makeup. And primer is great option says Laramie, pro makeup artist and founder of Book Your Look.

But that’s not all: “You can also use the ‘blurring’ foundations that are so popular right now,” she adds.

Keep your skin extra hydrated.

Yes, you can start by drinking a lot of water. But you could also use a hydrating serum before putting on moisturizer. “It helps shrink your pores by plumping up the surrounding skin,” explains Dr. Craig Kraffert, dermatologist and president of Amarte.

Just make sure you exfoliate often so your hydrator can really work its magic.

Exfoliate regularly.

While keeping your face clean is so important, it’s the act of getting rid of dead skin cells that really keeps your complexion looking its best. “Exfoliation can be achieved in a number of ways, both physical and chemical,” says Dr. Joyce, dermatologist and consultant for HydroPeptide. “Gentle cleansers containing low concentrations of salicylic acid (.5% – 1%) or lactic or glycolic acid (2.5% – 5%) will stimulate cell turnover and keep pores clean.”

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