Pores are the tiny dots you see on the surface of your skin when you look closely at your face in the mirror. They're not there just to annoy you; they do serve a purpose. They contain sebaceous glands, which produce your skin's oils; each pore is also the opening of a hair follicle. We all have pores, but some -- for example, those on your forehead and nose -- tend to be larger.
The size of your pores depends mostly on your genes. If your mother and grandmother were blessed with tiny, almost-invisible pores, you probably also lucked out. Typically, fair-skinned people have pores on the smaller side, while those with olive or darker skin have larger pores. Your skin type also plays a role in pore size. Dry skin often appears poreless, while oily skin has more visible pores.
Other factors that can affect pore size include aging and blemishes. Also, squeezing pimples can cause trauma to the skin, possibly widening pores permanently.
The best way to make pores look smaller is to keep them clear -- clogged pores can appear bigger (and cause blemishes). Here are a few things to keep in mind.
From primers to foundation, many products can help create a smooth, poreless-looking surface -- temporarily. Try a primer formulated specifically to reduce the appearance of large pores, such as Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer ($32), which creates a smooth, pore-free canvas for foundation.
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