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Large pores and blemishes are much more common than you'd think. They can be caused by a number of factors, from excess oil production to acne, and you can easily minimize their appearance by following the tips below.

Ever take a good look at your face in the mirror and just thought "Ugh"? You're not alone.

Large pores and blemishes can really knock your self-confidence but luckily, they're totally normal.

Sometimes, pores are more prominent than at other times and if you've been eating poorly and not taking care of your skin, you might notice that you're developing more blemishes than usual. Pores and blemishes tend to be dealt with in totally different ways, so we'll go through a few methods of minimizing and shrinking large pores, as well as a few methods of getting rid of blemishes.

Oil Slick

Those with oily skin tend to have larger pores than those who don't, and that's because more oil (sebum) is produced and so the pores tend to be a little larger to allow for that extra oil.

Larger pores can also sometimes be caused by dirt and bacteria becoming trapped in the pores and when things like whiteheads and blackheads aren't removed properly, stretching the pores even further.

Keep your skin clean and banish excess oil by using products specifically designed to mattify excess shine. When you wash skin too often, it produces more oil to compensate, so wash skin with a mattifying cleanser just once or twice a day.

Don't use an abrasive washcloth - just use your fingertips, if you can, and follow up with a gentle exfoliating scrub once a week. 

Prevention Is The Cure

Pores are really difficult to get rid of once they appear and in all honesty, all you can do is minimize their appearance and try to prevent them from becoming any larger.

Pore-minimizing creams that boost the skin's production of glycoaminoglycans, which helps to firm the skin, will reduce the appearance of pores - but they won't get rid of them altogether. You can prevent pores from getting any bigger, too, by regularly applying a topical retinoid solution.

This will reduce the appearance of large pores but will also help to dissolve bacteria that can make pores appear larger, whilst also treating sun damage. Regularly using SPF creams, using topical retinoids and cleaning skin thoroughly with the appropriate cleansers for your skin should definitely help to minimize the appearance of pores.

Make Under Vs. Make Over

You might be tempted to cover up your large pores with blemishes but in general, this is one of the worst things you can do.

Makeup will get stuck in your pores, making them look even larger and the bacteria from the makeup could even cause flare-ups of spots and blemishes.

Choose light, translucent formulas that coat the skin rather than caking it and make sure you always, always remove your makeup at the end of the day!

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