Skincare DIY: Shrink your pores with these simple tips

Don’t touch your face

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When you touch your face, bacteria easily transfers onto your face and into your pores.

Your face cream

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Face cream is great, however, if your skin leans towards the oil side, be careful of the type of cream you apply. Oil-based face creams can cause clogging and blemishes. The oil mixes with dead skin cells and increases clogging, further stretching each pore. Using an oil-free face cream can help reduce the appearance of large pores.

Use the right cleanser

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Ensure your daily cleanser’s PH levels stay in the range of 4.7 and 5.75 to prevent any further blemishes.

Apply retinol

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You can find retinol in face creams and other facial products. It has high amounts of vitamin A, which helps reduce acne and also decreases your oil production, further shrinking the appearance of pores

Use a clay mask

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Clay masks help unclog buildup and remove the oil from inside the blemishes. This minimizes the size of pores because oil buildup is what causes them to enlarge in the first place

Cut back the dairy

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Overconsumption of dairy is bad for your skin because the growth hormones in milk can cause breakouts and skin irritation leading to clogged pores.

(Contributed by Nikhita H.)
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