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Healthy Skin > The path to healthy skin > Facts and myths about your pores
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Facts and myths about your pores

What are pores?
Look closely in a mirror at your face. Can you spot your pores, the tiny holes dotting your skin? Pores are also called hair follicles, and they contain oil glands that moisten your skin and hair. When pores are enlarged or irritated, your complexion may look uneven.

Why do some people have larger pores than other people?
The size of your pores can be affected by many factors, including your age, ethnic background, and whether or not you smoke or have sun damage to your skin.

Can the pores on your face really open and close?
Your pores don't exactly open and close. But if pores become clogged by excess oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria, a whitehead or blackhead may form over the pore. Prevent build-up of oil, skin cells, and bacteria by gently washing your face twice a day with water and a mild soap or cleanser. If you have acne that doesn't go away even with daily washing, ask your doctor about acne treatments.

Can you get rid of pores?
No, but you can shrink or reduce the appearance of pores on your skin. If pores are clogged with debris, they can look larger, so clean your face regularly. But avoid over-cleansing your face or scrubbing too hard. This can irritate your skin. Sun damage can make pores look larger, so reduce your risk by using sunscreen.

Are there any products that help to shrink or reduce the appearance of pores?
To shrink or reduce pore size, consider skincare products that help to reduce the size of pores, like retinoids and exfoliants. Or you could try an alcohol-based toner, which can give the temporary illusion of tighter pores.



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