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I definitly have had acne, but at 27 its not nearly as bad as it use to be. However, I still get clogged pores on my nose. I geneticly have large pores from my Dad's side and I've spent the last 14 years picking at them to clean them (a habit my mom gave me :/ ). I can basically go about 3-4 days before I start to see dark pores and away my fingers go. I know its not recommended to pick at them, but I dont know of any other methods except the pore strips which felt like I was ripping 10 layers of skin off.

So how do you guys keep your pores clean so you don't have to constantly pick at them?

Also, what are some recommended methods to permenantly reduce pore size?

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Feeling kinda bad that nobody has replied to this... I honestly have no idea myself, since I have clogged pores on my forehead and temples, it's seriously pissing me off right now, the skin isn't dry there and it seems like it's not worth exfoliating. But a friend of mine suggested some sort of Garlic suppliment, and a few cloves of garlic chopped and put into boiling water for a steam, said it's a natural anti-inflamity and something or other...

Having said that, I still try and squeeze them, which I know is bad. Shouldn't look for a quick fix with anything, least of all your skin. And to put your mind at ease, I think that there must be 9/10 people that have clogged pores on their nose, I've never not had clogged pores there since I hit the age of 12.

Permenantly reduce pore size? Heh, might work for you, but it didn't for me - Apple Cider Vinegar used 50/50 with water used as a toner maybe? I am starting to come to the fatal realization that everyones' skin is different and one day I'll eventually find something that works for me, it might be completely obscure but until then I am just gonna forget about it and get on with my life...

Sorry I can't be much help.

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- Clay mask. When I use Queen Helene's Julep Mint Mask my pores look squeaky clean afterward. You have to really to experiment with the amount you put on your face though. If it's too thin or too thick it won't draw anything out.

- Accutane is the only thing that will actually shrink your pores permanently

- Oil cleansing method. When I was doing this everyday, I noticed that the sebum in my nose would ball up and come out after a few days. I would have to scrape off little bits of sebum. Kind of weird, but my pores were clearer.

- Getting a steam facial with extractions. You can also do this yourself with an extractor after steaming your face...but I would recommend getting a professional to do it on you so you know how it should feel. It hurts and I'm not really sure it's the best for your face...it's still a lot of squeezing on your skin.

- Exfoliation. Lots of ways to do this. Some people like scrubs, some people like Clarisonic brushes.

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I wish I knew--if I didn't, I would be here!

At any rate, I've had some results from Paula's Choice and am getting Green Cream (its in the mail). It might be worth a try.

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- Clay mask. When I use Queen Helene's Julep Mint Mask my pores look squeaky clean afterward. You have to really to experiment with the amount you put on your face though. If it's too thin or too thick it won't draw anything out.

- Accutane is the only thing that will actually shrink your pores permanently

- Oil cleansing method. When I was doing this everyday, I noticed that the sebum in my nose would ball up and come out after a few days. I would have to scrape off little bits of sebum. Kind of weird, but my pores were clearer.

- Getting a steam facial with extractions. You can also do this yourself with an extractor after steaming your face...but I would recommend getting a professional to do it on you so you know how it should feel. It hurts and I'm not really sure it's the best for your face...it's still a lot of squeezing on your skin.

- Exfoliation. Lots of ways to do this. Some people like scrubs, some people like Clarisonic brushes.

Yeah I really love the Mint Julep Mask and it's sooo affordable.

I always steam my face before and it does seem to clean well but I still have blackheads on my nose :( I want them all to be gone, they're so hideous and annoying!!

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I HAVE GATHERED THIS INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS SOURCES OVER THE INTERNET AS I FOUND TOO MANY CONFLICTING ARTICLES. I HAVE COMPILED AND EXPANDED UPON ITS INFORMATION, DRAWN FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES.

I AM NOT A DOCTOR, SCIENTIST OR DERMATOLOGIST AND YOU FOLLOW THIS INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK! I AM SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN SUFFERING WITH VISIBLE FACE PORES FOR OVER 12 YEARS AND I AM CONTINIOUSLY LOOKING FOR BETTER SOLUTIONS TO MANAGE THEM. THROUGH DEALING WITH THIS PROBLEM, I HAVE TESTED HUNDREAS OF PRODUCTS / REGIEMS AND WANTED TO SHERE THE CONCLUSIONS I FOUND WITH YOU.

I HAVE MADE THIS POST AVAILBLE TO YOU - THE SUFFER – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! AND I AM SURE, AFTER READING FROM THIS POST, YOU WILL BE ON YOUR WAY TO MANAGING YOUR FACE PORES SO THEY ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE!

MY EXPERIENCE

Dealing with large face pores is the most horrible affliction... I am now my twelfth year in dealing with large face pores of the T-Zone area. In most recent times I had started to become recluse and avoiding contact with people because i didn’t want them to see my face. It was only in the last 4 years they had worsened and become larger and more noticeable, which led me to finding a more lasting solution to reduce their appearance. As you already know, coping with face pores is the most frustrating experience as they seem to have a mind of their own, being clogged and pronounced one minute and clear and almost non-existent the next. In the past I tried almost every type of product and regime but to no avail. Sometimes i paid for help from a dermatologist but I always found that it produced no lasting solution and it led me on to even more expensive products and complicated regimes. I eventually got tired of trying these exhaustive and expensive treatments and begun to find simple and cheap solutions to the problem. I thought... If can make the solution cheap and easy, this problem will not control my life the way is has. Since i found a solution, my problem is now not a huge issue, my skin looks good and i feel better about it. Although still slightly visible, my pores are better managed, always clear and not so irritable/unpredictable.

I hope use can use this information to your benefit and hopefully you have found this information at the beginning of your quest for better skin.

WHAT ARE PORES?

Pores are small openings of hair follicles on the skin, within them are microscopic oil (sebum) producing pockets called sebaceous glands, which function to lubricate the skin and keep it supple. Typically, people with oily skin tend to have enlarged pores. Theses larger types of pores are most likely to get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria thus, becoming even more noticeable. Pores of the face are largely found around the T-Zone area; nose, cheeks and chin where there is the greatest concentration of sebaceous glands.

Dirt and oil on your face collect around your pores like leaves and debris collect around a storm drain. When those pores get clogged, it creates a pile-up of oil and dead skin cells in the follicle. Soon, bacteria make their way to the blockage and the growth in bacteria causes inflammation etc.

The sad fact is you can’t get rid of your pores, they are a part of your genetic makeup but you can cleanse and care for your skin in ways that make pores less visible. Once you have figured out your specific and definitive skincare regime you can minimise their behaviour and appearance.

HOW TO MAKE PORES LESS VISABLE

I have tried and tested all types of solutions and techniques in the past to try and understand and minimise my pores. It has led me into a great understanding of them and a very simple skin regime to follow.

Firstly, lets dispel some common techniques you may have tried; Squeezing, poking and rubbing the blocked pores, doesn't help matters one bit and will only irritate and enlarge the size of your pores. The less you can touch your face/pores the better, as you will be adding bacteria and dirt with every contact. Really think about how much you touch your face and also what your hands come in contact with on a daily basis. With this in mind, start a new lifestyle regime of sanitation, buy some antibacterial products and condition yourself to always live clean.

You are what you eat. So make sure you have a good and balanced diet with not too much fatty/oily or surgery foods. Also make sure you are taking some useful supplements which help supports skin health. B Complex,C,E Zinc and Omega oils 3 and 6. Not having the proper balance of oils within the body can trigger excess oil production. Ensure that you are eating the proper amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Also, if you do not supplement your fat you will produce a worse version of sebum which appears more waxy and unpleasant.

Make sure you have plenty of exercise or some opportunities to sweat, perhaps in a sauna or hot bath (if you're lazy), it will flush out your skin. Shower or bath regularly and massage your skin while its hot it will stimulate any oils and bring them the surface. Don’t forget to lock your skin afterwards with really cold water! You will do better in buying yourself a face steamer and doing that once or twice a week. It cleans the pores from within, nothing else will clear your skin like it.

Cleansing products bought over the counter will not have the strength to tackle your problem, because what is required to give you lasting effects would be considered unsafe for genral sale. You will need to make you own cleansing solution of Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is one of the most important treatments for your skin, it’s an exfoliant that can break down oil and unclogs pores. It can be found in many over the counter goods, probably ones you already have in your bathroom cabinet. Salicylic acid increases cell turnover. This makes the skin grow faster increasing collagen production, filling in indentations in the skin and making it less “floppy.”

What Is Salicylic Acid?

There is only one beta hydroxy acid - salicylic acid. The main difference between alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acid is their lipid (oil) solubility. Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble only, while beta hydroxy acid is lipid (oil) soluble. This means that beta hydroxy acid is able to penetrate into the pore which contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. Because of this difference in properties, beta hydroxy acid is better used on oily skin with clogged pores. In a nutshell AHAs exfoliate the surface of the skin. BHAs exfoliate the surface and down inside the pores. The chemical gets its name from the Latin term for willow trees, salix, because it was first made from a complex carbohydrate found in willow bark. Like its chemical cousin aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), salicylic acid can stimulate circulation, in this case, it can stimulate circulation of oil out of pores. Also like aspirin, it can relieve inflammation and redness. (yes you can use aspirin)

Too much salicylic acid can burn the skin and dry it out. Too little salicylic acid won’t clean out your pores. Most over the counter products use as little as 0.5%, but you really need to be using a solution closer to 3% concentration. There are plenty of methods to make the solution over the internet but i prefer to use a readymade one that is already formulated for the problem in-hand and will naturally dissolve the acid powder. Use Johnson & Johnson’s Blackhead Clearing Cleanser, it already has about 0.5% of salicylic acid in it, so all you will need to do to a 250ml standard bottle is top it up with around 4.2grms of salicylic acid powder. Everyone’s skin will be different and you will need to do some experimenting to find your right concentration. You will know when your solution is too much as it will start to dry your face out. You will need to use this solution morning and night, apply it on your face with with a cotton pad and leave on the face for about 30 seconds before wiping then, washing it off with very cold water, use some toilet paper to dab your face dry.

Lastly, i recommend Nivea’s Q10 Anti-Wrinkle, Pore Perfecting face moisturiser, it’s a Non comedogenic; which means i does not block your pores. It really is a superb product. Before applying, dab a little water onto your face so as to lock in some moisture. This will need to be applied after your cleansing solution; only a lemon pip sized amount is necessary.

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