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08-15-10 | Posted by

A Plan For Your Pores

By Wendy Lewis, Beauty/Skincare Columnist – HealthNewsDigest.com

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Every woman thinks she has large pores. It is a very common lament. The younger you are, the less noticeable your pores will be because skin is tight and firm and plump. As you age, your skin gets slack and lazy and everything loosens up, including your pores.

Pores can often seem enlarged when they get blocked with oil and debris, so working to reduce that oil blockage may result in the appearance of smaller pores. Keeping pores clean is a good place to start. Regular exfoliation transforms clogged and enlarged pores. When cell production speeds up, the epidermis becomes thicker. Since open pores are exposed to the air, the oil inside them becomes oxidized and turn dark or black (as in blackheads) which makes them more noticeable. Exfoliants such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic or beta hydroxy acid work by dissolving the bonds between cells on the top layer of the skin so cells shed more easily and evenly. Apply a mild alcohol-free toner after cleansing to close pores, or you can slap on some cold water in a pinch. Various forms of Tretinoin such as Retin-A Micro available by prescription can be an excellent long term skin product for helping to minimize the appearance of pores.

When it comes to makeup to camouflage large pores, mattifiers will help reduce shine and using a primer under foundation can be a godsend. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Primer is a silky and magical formula. For less than $11 (on www.drugstore.com) your skin will look positively flawless in an instant. Use daily under markeup or tinted moisturizer for a poreless effect.

Microdermabrasion treatments are a good next first line treatment for pores. SilkPeel is highly recommended to dig down deep and unroof areas that are clogged. According to Anushka, of Anushka Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida (www.anushkaspa.com) “For complexions that tend to get clogged often, a monthly SilkPeel treatment can make a big impact on the state of your pores and keep them healthy and clean.” If you can’t get to a medspa or salon regularly, invest in a Clarisonic® Skin Care Brush for home use to keep skin squeaky clean and radiant in between professional treatments. Finally a series of Cutera LaserGenesis treatments can keep pores looking taut and firm. This multi-purpose device works by providing an overall skin smoothing effect that results in shrinking pores as well as improving skin texture beautifully. Note: For a discount voucher on your first LaserGenesis treatment, log onto www.mybigbirthday.com to find a participating doctor and print out your voucher!

Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd, Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 10 beauty books, and the Founder/Editor in Chief of BeautyintheBag www.facebook.com/beautyinthebag


  1. BodyNoir Says:

    I use Retin-A Micro and it does a great job on my oily skin! Great post!

  2. tracey40williams Says:

    Alot of consumers are concerned with the open pores around the nose and chin area, which as you have pointed out is enlarged because of the overproduction of sebum.

    Using a medicated topical treatment that clears breakouts, reduces congestion and controls shine while smoothing the skin texture & minimising pores

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