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Getting to the pore of the problem

Sure, you can stock up on anti-wrinkle treatments if that’s your thing, but it’s important not to ignore another important facial feature – pores.

Everyone has pores, but unfortunately, some are more visible than others. And, as we age, pores require even more TLC than they did when we were younger. Why? Well, it turns out that the top layer of skin thickens every year because cell turnover slows down.

“More cells cling to the circumference of your pores, exaggerating and drawing the eye to the openings,” Kansas City dermatologist Dr. Audrey G. Kunin told Good Housekeeping. Plus, if you have oily skin, excess sebum (a sticky wax-like substance) can fill the pores, stretching them out, she added.

In addition, genetics, sun exposure, blackheads and poor face-washing habits can make your pores look larger than you’d like. Having said that, there are some great ways to manage this problem. Here are three things to consider.

Treat your skin right. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – exfoliate. Exfoliation removes the top dead layer of skin, which can clog pores and make them look especially prominent. Exfoliation also controls oil production – another enemy of women in the front lines of the pore war.

Trick others. Many women turn to foundation in order to cover up skin imperfections, including pores. However, buyer beware – it turns out foundation has a tendency to pool in pores, creating the opposite effect you’d expect from a cover-up. To prevent this, apply a primer that contains dimethicone – this ingredient works like a silky barrier in between your skin and makeup, allowing your visage to seem smooth and flawless.

Cover FX ClearPrep FX Matte Foundation Primer & Anti-Acne Treatment is great for minimizing pores and keeping pimples at bay. If you have an adult acne problem like me, I promise this will work wonders.

Tolerate what you can’t change. Sure, it’s important to stick to a skincare regimen in order to do what’s best for your epidermis, but it’s also important to accept the very best “you.” If you’ve seen an improvement in your pores but they aren’t exactly where you want them to be, why not celebrate instead of singing the blues? Remember – a positive attitude can also leave you glowing.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing