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How do you shrink the pores on my face?

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To shrink pores on the face, choose to wash with a cleanser that is made with salicylic acid, which helps reduce dead skin cells that clog pores and make them appear to be larger. Exfoliating several times each week and applying a retinol cream may also help reduce pore size.

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Cleansing the face to reduce the amount of oil transferred from sweat, hands and makeup may help to eliminate the production of large pores and reduce the risk of small pores growing larger. Making exfoliation part of the cleansing routine is another option to shrink large pores. Exfoliating with a gritty exfoliating product or battery-operated brush helps remove dead skin cells that often get clogged in pores and make them appear larger and stretched.

Retinol creams prescribed by a dermatologist, or found over-the-counter in pharmacies, are derived from vitamin A. When applied to the face, they penetrate the skin's layers to shrink large pores and thoroughly cleanse the face. Retinol is a common ingredient in anti-aging skin care products and is designed to transform, smooth and clear acne, blackheads and pores. Some people experience peeling with retinol products, so it may help to try the product every other day to see how the skin reacts.

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