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Step away from the magnifying mirror and click through for seven ways to treat blackheads and enlarged pores. Plus, shop new and innovative pore purifiers and concealers!
Hydrate.
"Drink your water and moisturize! Lack of hydration can interfere with the ebb and flow of sebum production which not only keeps blockages from forming but also keeps your skin ageless, moisturized and free of bacteria."—Jolie Martin, director and laser skincare specialist at SKINNEY Medspa
Cleanse.
"Use a cleanser in the morning, evening and after vigorous exercise to minimize the build-up of oils and dirt in the pores. Always remove your makeup at night, too!"—Jason Matthews, research & development skincare expert for The Body Shop International
Exfoliate.
"One of the main causes of enlarged pores, blackheads and blemishes is the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin which blocks pores. Exfoliation also removes any debris trapped within the pores."—Jason Matthews, research & development skincare expert for The Body Shop International
Don't squeeze blackheads!
"This can cause trauma to the skin and enlarge the pore permanently. Instead, keep the skin clean and select a product with antibacterial agents and blemish-fighting ingredients to treat the outbreak."—Jason Matthews, research & development skincare expert for The Body Shop International
Avoid heavy makeup.
"Clogging your skin full of oil will only make the problem worse. "—Jolie Martin, director and laser skincare specialist at SKINNEY Medspa
Tailor your skincare regimen.
"It’s best to manage your skin based on its type and the challenges you are currently facing. It’s critical to keep it in a healthy, balanced state through cleansing, toning, moisturizing and gentle exfoliation. Understand that your skin changes with time and your environment."—Jason Matthews, research & development skincare expert for The Body Shop International
Get into healthy habits.
"Consistently hydrate, eat well and protect your skin from the sun. Keep your cell phone and pillow cases clean—you'd be surprise at the amount of bacteria hiding out on these surfaces!"—Jolie Martin, director and laser skincare specialist at SKINNEY Medspa