The Truth About Your Pores

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Your pores are tiny, but they can have a big impact on how you feel about your complexion. Is there a way to get perfect pores? Let's find out the truth.

Can I shrink my pores? Nope. The size of your pores is determined mostly by your genes, but other factors are at play. Sun exposure, aging, acne, and a common skin problem called seborrhea all make your pores bigger.

While you can't shrink them, you can make pores look smaller. Here's how.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day and after sweating to keep pores clear and pimple-free.

Exfoliate using a product with salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid, AHA, to slough away pore-clogging dead cells.

Your dermatologist can also do procedures, such as laser treatment or a type of light therapy on large stubborn pores.

There's the answer to your biggest pore problem.