Best Ingredients for Pores

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Oct. 19
If you have large pores, this post is for you! While everybody has them, some of us have larger ones than others.
While large pores aren’t necessarily a bad thing, they can be noticeable especially under our makeup. Typically your pore size is something you’re stuck with, just like genetics, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great products and ingredients you can put to good use to help minimize them. 
Our pores are small openings on the top layer of our skin that serve to release excess sweat and oil from within. Typically, the larger your pores are, the more oily your skin is. Pores can become clogged and turn into closed comedones when the excess oil and sweat isn’t cleansed.
When you have large pores, it’s all about incorporating ingredients into your skincare routine that works towards tightening and cleaning them, which will overall reduce their appearance. You can try to incorporate these ingredients into all steps of your skincare routine. 
Read on to find out my two holy grail ingredients you should look for and what products I reccomend!
Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is mostly known for treating pimples, but has a multitude of benefits including minimizing pores.It’s a BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, which is an oil soluble acid that works by penetrating the top layer of the skin and breaking up excess sebum and clearing out the dead skin cells. This means it’s perfect for targeting those oil-filled pores.
You can find salicylic acid in a wide variety of products. Here are just a few!
Cleansers with salicylic acid:
Toners and serums to use after cleansing:
When choosing a skincare product with salicylic acid, try not to double up. Only use a face wash with salicylic acid if you're not following up with a toner or serum and vice versa. Always be sure to moisturize since BHA's can dry out your skin.
Niacinamide
Niacinamide is an up-and -coming ingredient you may have heard of. A form of b-3, it's an essential nutrient to the health of your body and especially your skin. 
Niacinamide aids in cell turnover to build the skin’s lipid barrier which helps retain moisture, minimize redness, and reduce inflammation. This in turn helps regulate the amount of oil produced by your skin. Niacinamide usage over time also reduces the general appearance of pores.
Niacinamide is often found in moisturizers but new products are coming out with niacinamide as its own serum, which is perfect to add to your own favorite moisturizer or use by itself after cleansing.
Serums with niacinamide:
Moisturizers to use with niacinamide:
While not as strong as other actives, niacinamide should be gradually used to increase your skin's tolerance and see how your skin reacts. Start off slow! A moisturizer with niacinamide is a great place to start after a cleansing or applying a serum with salicylic acid. Try this combo and see your pores shrink!
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