Enlarged pores can make your skin look textured. With textured skin, you are unable to have the healthy smooth glow we all really want to see from our skin. With smooth skin, you are able to have that flawless makeup look or just go au-natural with confidence. Here are 10 Ways to Shrink Your Pores.

1. Use a Clay Mask

Clay masks are my secret weapon for how to minimize pores because they work to quickly unclog pores by absorbing all the oil. Oil build up can make your pores look up to five times larger.

2. Products with glycolic acid.

Glycolic acid works the best at dissolving dead cells and absorbing oil, with lactic acid as the second option. Lactic acid is the weaker sister to glycolic and can be equally effective.

 3. Avoid Oil-based Creams

Lathering on heavy oils or oil-based creams, that includes natural oils like coconut and olive, is a recipe for clogged pores, even if you have dry skin. These oils will mix with your dead skin cells and congest the pores. It’s best to avoid all this by choosing water-based products instead.

4. Cleanse daily.

Daily cleansing and regular exfoliation are the best ways to keep pores clean. Pores free of gunk are going to be way harder to spot. You will need to coax the gunk up with heat or steam is the best way to get this done. Try applying a warm washcloth to your face before scrubbing up.

It is optimal to cleanse twice a day or once a day, but if you cleanse once a day, choose the night time. At the end of the day, your skin will have a buildup of dirt and/or makeup, and it’s critical to clean that all out before going to sleep. This will allow a clean surface overnight so you skincare products can take route.

10 Ways to Shrink Your Pores

5. Add a Weekly Scrubs to Your Routine

Be careful not to over-exfoliate the skin. Using a scrub once per week or twice per month should be enough. After using a scrub ensure that you check to see how your skin reacts. There has been cases that scrubbing the skin can exasperate a break out.

Choose a gentle exfoliator. Use one that is homemade to ensure that you are clear on what is going on your skin.

6. Stop Touching Your Face

Unless your cleansing or in the middle of other skin care, keep your hands off! The bacteria on your fingers can transfer to your face and make their way into your pores, so it’s best to minimize the time you spend touching your face, let alone picking at it. Picking at clogged pores can be tempting, but ultimately, it usually results in an angrier blemish, blood, scabbing and even scarring. I have such a bad habit of doing this and I see exactly how it made the situation worse

Tip: Keep short nails. Wash Hands Frequently. Keep hand sanitizer handy.

7. SPF Primer

This may be the best man made skincare product there is. A two in one primer with SPF that also does a little moisturizing. Always remember to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. UV and pollution cause free radicals that break down the collagen and elastin in skin, making the skin less tight and making pores appear larger.

You might ask why not just use sunscreen. Most sunscreen make the skin appear really greasy. The job of a primer is the blur the appearance of pores. Therefore it will be triple job, protecting from the sun, smoothing out pores and allowing the skin to have a healthy glow.

Tip: If you do not have a SPF Primer. Use your SPF, allow it to set and dry, then add primer over the sunscreen. Apply loose powder for a more matte look.

 8. Treat yourself to a chemical peel.

Another solution for how to tighten pores? A chemical peel. This is done by a professional in a dermatologist or a spa with a dermatologist on staff. This treatment will improve the appearance of your pores over time. Chemical peels over the years have really evolved. These days peels work under the surface of the skin and give you an instant glow without making your skin look worse before .

9. Use a retinoid cream.

Whether prescription strength or over-the-counter, retinoid cream will help boost skin cell turnover, which makes for smaller pores. In a matter of weeks you will see noticeably smaller pores.

 10. Avoid shimmery makeup.

This is not an actual solution, however shimmering makeups job is to bring focus to that particular area. If you have large pores these makeup will just highlight the imperfection even more.

Tip: If you really can’t avoid that highlighter kit. Ensure you prime the area you will use the shimmering makeup on very well. Use a blurring makeup like Becca to ensure you have great coverage before applying highlighter