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Oily skin / Large pores - What do I treat first???

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After much reading and researching on this forum. I am confused as to what I need to be doing. I began using the OCM to help with my oily skin and I have noticed an improvement. But the pores on my cheeks are large. I have read on other forums that oily skin could be due to large pores....

So should I used products designed to reduce my pores and that will help control my oil? I read on another forum that Neutrogena makes a wonderful over the counter line designed for pore reduction, but unfortunately I cannot find all of the products they recommend.

Are there any other brands that offer a pore reduction line that would be comparable to Neutrogena? Or do I need to treat my oily skin using another method? I also have acne issues, but those only flare up once a month and are really not that bad.

Thanks in advance to all suggestions and recommendations....

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After much reading and researching on this forum. I am confused as to what I need to be doing. I began using the OCM to help with my oily skin and I have noticed an improvement. But the pores on my cheeks are large. I have read on other forums that oily skin could be due to large pores....

So should I used products designed to reduce my pores and that will help control my oil? I read on another forum that Neutrogena makes a wonderful over the counter line designed for pore reduction, but unfortunately I cannot find all of the products they recommend.

Are there any other brands that offer a pore reduction line that would be comparable to Neutrogena? Or do I need to treat my oily skin using another method? I also have acne issues, but those only flare up once a month and are really not that bad.

Thanks in advance to all suggestions and recommendations....

Hey there. It's my understanding that oily skin causes large pores... pores won't just stretch out and sit open on their own, they stretch and become large because there is a lot of sebum inside them stretching them out. Make sense? Think of a water balloon. In beauty school, the way we determined someone's skintype in terms of oiliness was by looking at the size of the person's pores. So they are directly related. Hypothetically, I would conclude that if you were to find a product that reduces sebum production (good luck there, Im currently trying the dermawand), over time your pores would become smaller due to less oil inside them pressing against the walls of the pore/follicle. To assist in the process of the shrinking of the pores, cleansing them and removing the sebum and debris from inside would help. This is essentially what pore-shrinking products do. However, if you "shrink" your pores by removing oil and debris, but your skin is still producing too much oil, soon the pores will be large again. So the combination of things would be best.

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After much reading and researching on this forum. I am confused as to what I need to be doing. I began using the OCM to help with my oily skin and I have noticed an improvement. But the pores on my cheeks are large. I have read on other forums that oily skin could be due to large pores....

So should I used products designed to reduce my pores and that will help control my oil? I read on another forum that Neutrogena makes a wonderful over the counter line designed for pore reduction, but unfortunately I cannot find all of the products they recommend.

Are there any other brands that offer a pore reduction line that would be comparable to Neutrogena? Or do I need to treat my oily skin using another method? I also have acne issues, but those only flare up once a month and are really not that bad.

Thanks in advance to all suggestions and recommendations....

Visibly large pore is the symptom, excessive sebum production is the cause. Treat the cause if you can. From personal experience, when my skin is in balance, doesn't feel oily or shine, my pore is almost invisible (my pore is still big but there's nothing to hold it open). Blackhead is another issue resulting from excess sebum, which might make your pores appear bigger. With that you need to get on a good cleaning regime. I've read the OCM here but haven't jumped on the bandwagon myself. I use salycilic acid cleanser (from Clinique anti-blemish line) and I'm satisfy with it most of time. My skin's not perfect, but it's doesn't have any big acne breakout like I did before it, and blackheads have lessen.

I do have a problem with oil shine on my t-zone, and I've been looking for a solution. What I found is that the cosmetic out there controls shine by absorbing sebum, not by reducing its production. I found some compound that have scientific supports regarding sebum reduction including elubiol and isotretinoid. No luck finding elubiol products so far, but I'll try Retinol soon once the retinol palmitate I ordered gets here.

Since you're on the OCM, I found a scientific journal article that found that sesame seed can reduce sebum production (saw palmetto also do that, and it gets a lot of attention at hair loss sites), perhaps you could try adding sesame seed oil into your routine and see if your gland will produce less sebum. A warning though, sesame seed oil is also supposed to be moisturizing for dry skin, so it might have the reverse effect and give your skin even more oil.

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