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How to "shrink" pores

Monday, February 07, 2011

I, like most of you have trouble with large pores and finding ways on how to shrink them (even though you can't permanetly "shrink" pores you can make them less visible).  So in response to a lot of your questions here are some of my Pore "Shrinking" Tips.

  1. Frequently wash your face with a mild cleanser that best suit your skin type. Especially wash before bed to remove all makeup as to not clog pores.
  2. Occasionally exfoliate your skin to help remove dead skin and to really penetrate deep into the pores.
  3. Follow with a toner on your skin to help diminish blemishes.
  4. Occasionally apply a clay mask to help tighten and clean out the pores.
  5. Use creams that contain retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids or vitamin c to rejuvenate the skin
  6. For stubborn pores go to a professional for a deep cleaning facial like Microdermabrasion and/or extractions to clean out and minimize pores.
  7. Maintain with regular cleansing, moisturizing, spf and a healthy diet.

How do you maintain petite pores?

{Achelle is the Creative Director, Brand Ambassador and official Makeup Artist for e.l.f. cosmetics}


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mtiny wrote:
1) 2/7/2011 11:15:21 AM
I sometimes use egg whites and put a thin layer on my face. I let it dry and it tightens like other masque materials you get in the store. You then wash it off and your skin looks lighter, more even, and the pores have shrunk!
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Indigo_girl wrote:
2) 2/7/2011 11:16:05 AM
Along with all your great tips which give long time results. I've got a quick easy way to instantly minimize pores , but this is temporary. After cleansing i take a small ice cube and rub it on my face for 2-5 mins. It really helps to instantly tighten the face. My makeup comes out great. WHat do you think? Is it alrite for my skin?
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LatiaV wrote:
3) 2/7/2011 11:19:16 AM
I too believe using cool/cold water helps to close pores which can also keep you from getting sick in the cold months and minimize the visibility of pores :) Hope this helps.
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Erin N. wrote:
4) 2/7/2011 11:20:05 AM
I exfoliate 2 times a week. Its a blackhead buster!
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Dueling Banjos wrote:
5) 2/7/2011 11:20:20 AM
I only wash my face when I feel like I need it. My skin is super ultra mega sensitive, and washing it every day makes it worse than not washing it at all. I use a really mild cleanser in the shower, and I never, ever scrub. My skin balances itself out.
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MalGal wrote:
6) 2/7/2011 11:21:23 AM
I love pore strips. They are so easy to use, and you can really see your pores being cleaned out. My favorite brand to use is Biore.
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Indigo_girl wrote:
7) 2/7/2011 11:25:51 AM
Just a tip on your tip, creams with vitamins can sometimes get costly. so a natural way is carrots, carrot/carrot juice has beta carotene, which is converted by the body into retinol. upto 3 glasses a day will leave ur skin glowing and hydrated.
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WaterForBreakfast wrote:
8) 2/7/2011 11:30:41 AM
Ice cubes are a great trick! Using a scrub with salicylic acid helps minimize pore appearance too.
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MakeupCowgirl wrote:
9) 2/7/2011 11:32:34 AM
I will definitely try some of these ideas out as I have had large pores my whole life. I'm thinking the mask will be my favorite
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feehansa wrote:
10) 2/7/2011 11:34:03 AM
I exfoliate twice a week with a natural sugar scrub. I also steam my face to clear my pores and follow with a cooling mask.
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Kimmiecakes wrote:
11) 2/7/2011 11:36:25 AM
I sometimes use vinegar to shrink my's not the greatest smell in the world but it works!!
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Mandypants wrote:
12) 2/7/2011 11:38:29 AM
Love the cold water trick!! I use it all the time and it works like a charm! XO.
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Naomi111222 wrote:
13) 2/7/2011 11:38:36 AM
Great tips. I have to try it because I have huge pores and oily skin. Thanks
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k16 wrote:
14) 2/7/2011 11:38:55 AM
I like to use Clinique's three step system with the toner cleanser and moisturizer. It cleans up the skin and leaves your it feeling nice and tight afterwards.
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Chrissy86 wrote:
15) 2/7/2011 11:40:15 AM
I use a facial scrub every week and make sure to use toner before bedtime. Mama taught me well!
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lisad244 wrote:
16) 2/7/2011 11:40:20 AM
I use the Carisonic face brush and that has done wonders for me!! Don't be to aggressive when washing your face but do use a good cleanser that has pore purging ingredients like salicylic acid. Pore strips are also a great way to keep pores clean. I am nost a fan of toner unless you have very oily skin. Over drying your skin will NOT shink pores!! Always remove make up before bed, exfoliate regularly and protect your skin with sunscreen!
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bellamama75 wrote:
17) 2/7/2011 11:40:50 AM
I wash with warm water and once I'm done I rinse my face with cold water to close up my pores. It's worked for me for over 20 years.
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Nikki B wrote:
18) 2/7/2011 11:42:31 AM
I use a clarisonic every night and glycolic peels really help reduce the appearance of pores. I also use a Boscia peel off black mask.
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Milk Tea wrote:
19) 2/7/2011 11:45:23 AM
Whenever I make myself a hot cup of green tea, I let the bag cool down a little and use it to rub all over my face. The warmth of the bag will open up my pores and when it dries up, my skin feels smooth and tight.
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bella143 wrote:
20) 2/7/2011 11:46:37 AM
Laser resurfacing can create smaller pores and it's supposed to help with wrinkles too. Also, drinking a lot of water to keep skin hydrated and eating healthy fruits and veggies high in antioxidants helps to keep skin beautiful from the inside.
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jessicaaaa wrote:
21) 2/7/2011 11:47:01 AM
Definitely going to try this. The pores on my nose are huge. :(
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68Noelle wrote:
22) 2/7/2011 11:47:03 AM
I exfoliate 2 times per week and I use cold water when I am rinsing my face after washing it!
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SeaSun661 wrote:
23) 2/7/2011 11:51:01 AM
Great tips I have to try it because I have big pores and very oily skin. Thanks
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Mintchocobo wrote:
24) 2/7/2011 11:51:19 AM
I love the ice cube trick. Try using green tea instead of just water.
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grapetastic wrote:
25) 2/7/2011 11:51:31 AM
grapes work well too!!! Thx!!
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toro32 wrote:
26) 2/7/2011 11:51:37 AM
i use face scrubs, as well as tea. i like to boil it and let the steam go on my face, then wash my face. i don't like to spend money on pore strips, so i just use scotch tape then wash after :)
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beautyprincess wrote:
27) 2/7/2011 11:52:32 AM
Great tips, clay mask really works!
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Ibserenity wrote:
28) 2/7/2011 11:54:37 AM
thank you for the great tips!
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lauradeortiz wrote:
29) 2/7/2011 11:54:42 AM
i will try these tips along with some from the posts and see what results i have!
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tolkienfreak wrote:
30) 2/7/2011 12:11:30 PM
Very helpful post! :)
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stacitexas wrote:
31) 2/7/2011 12:17:18 PM
awesome! I needed that!
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krissy511 wrote:
32) 2/7/2011 12:19:26 PM
first i wash my face with a normal face wash. then i mix 2 tbl spoons of baking soda with water until it turns into a paste. i keep that on my face for a minute and wash off. i do this for a week and i have smaller pores.
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jujubeejules wrote:
33) 2/7/2011 12:22:33 PM
Great Tips!
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pintsizedmarina wrote:
34) 2/7/2011 12:26:10 PM
I have huge pores! The one thing that I forget to do is the mask! Thanks for the reminder! I agree that the healthy diet changed my skin drastically! The vitamin C idea was great too!
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35) 2/7/2011 12:37:10 PM
Good Information! I'll have to work all of this into my daily routine.
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Brittneys wrote:
36) 2/7/2011 12:38:01 PM
Yay Great tips!
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funkitup821 wrote:
37) 2/7/2011 12:41:43 PM
wow, I'm going to try this!!
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leticia wrote:
38) 2/7/2011 12:42:21 PM
Those are all great to know!! And I will soon use all of them!! I am hispanic and unfortuneatly deal with large pores on my legs :/ Kind of genetic! Now if there is a way to minimize those I would love to know!!
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Claire1748 wrote:
39) 2/7/2011 12:45:13 PM
To deal with my large pores, every night and every morning i apply some lemon juice to my face, let it dry, then put on a thin layer of moisturizer. This helps to get rid of oil and shine throughout and also helps to fight off acne throughout the day.
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Adelle wrote:
40) 2/7/2011 12:50:28 PM
I use organic apple cider vinegar as a toner and it works really well for me. I got over the smell pretty fast. :)
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wondercee wrote:
41) 2/7/2011 1:07:14 PM
I ususally wash my face with a gentle bar soap, then exfoliate. I finish by adding a dab of cocoa butter to my daily moisturizer...This gives me an even skin tone.
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Aliyah! wrote:
42) 2/7/2011 1:14:52 PM
Awesome trick! I will definitely try this
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Raehz09 wrote:
43) 2/7/2011 1:19:22 PM
A healthly diet does improve skin. also drinking coconut milk or water does WONDERS for ur skin
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CosmoJunkie wrote:
44) 2/7/2011 1:28:32 PM
Daily routine = morning wash is salicylic based with a salicylic based toner following; lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Nighttime wash is glycolic acid (exfoliates) based followed by same lightweight moistuizer (sometimes I use CeraVe at night, sparingly, if flaky). I use Tazorac every other night (prescription Retinoid). Additionally, I use a hydroquinone product twice daily. Pores are much less noticeable with even skin tone. At least once weekly I do a baking soda mask / exfoliant. If this causes redness or stinging, I mix a toner of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water; apply with cotton ball (this works anytime you have unwanted redness and is a great toner). I also apply an aspirin mask (BC Powders into a paste much like baking soda) at least every other week, and when breakouts occur (my 14-yr old daughter keeps her teenage acne at bay with the aspirin mask...aspirin is concentrated salicylic acid.. . I don't recommend this if allergic to aspirin). My regimen is a combination of prescription, OTC, and homeopathic. I went from having moderate adult acne to frequent compliments on my skin. P.S. My "man's man" husband requests his baking soda mask at least once per week after seeing the results. He has very oily skin. One more thing - I've gotten more compliments about "radiant glowing skin" since I started using the High Def powder. I tell everyone about it. It goes a long way towards giving the appearance of smaller pores.
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Miss Tina wrote:
45) 2/7/2011 1:32:24 PM
I try to wash my face frequently, that seems to help. So many good comments! I think I'll be trying some of them out. :)
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sunshinegurl wrote:
46) 2/7/2011 1:43:15 PM
i use a foundation primer before i put on foundation.
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Miriamele wrote:
47) 2/7/2011 1:44:57 PM
How do you know what is a good face wash for you? I've tried different ones but I can never seem to figure it out. On top of large pores I also get acne (which is terrible as a 28 year old!) and it seems they're always there! Perhaps my moisturizer is the problem. I just don't know. : (
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sandy j wrote:
48) 2/7/2011 1:50:35 PM
I have already tried your method once and am releived that the ingredients are very inexpensive and t only takes a few minutes to complete this routine. Also, I had never heard of using lemon juice for a toner but I can see whee it would be beneficial. Lemon juice when used on grey or lightened hair gives it such a beautiful shine by removing all the drab colors. I love your suggestions. Thanks so much.
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CareeseMarie wrote:
49) 2/7/2011 2:32:17 PM
i have been looking for ways to shrink my pores now for almost 2 weeks and i love that you posted this it helps so much thank you! :)
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Breana wrote:
50) 2/7/2011 3:04:45 PM
This is great! I'm going to try this tonight. It sounds really refreshing.
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JMina wrote:
51) 2/7/2011 3:14:41 PM
Will these steps also help diminish black heads?
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MiaVelarde wrote:
52) 2/7/2011 3:20:33 PM
I tried this. And I still am. It works wonders. Thanks for the advice
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bon9158 wrote:
53) 2/7/2011 3:25:40 PM
Got very dark circles under your eyes? Try using an orange tinted color under your concealer and "poof" dark circles are gone!!
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LalaJ wrote:
54) 2/7/2011 3:36:35 PM
I have large pores so I will try this... Thank you for the advise.
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nikki711 wrote:
55) 2/7/2011 3:48:25 PM
Very helpful tips! You can get exfoliating soap for small pores
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ashhhey22 wrote:
56) 2/7/2011 4:28:41 PM
i usually apply a steaming hot towel on places where my pores are most evident, i dothis a few times and then y skin with my favorite brand name clenser best for my skin type then follow up with a non clogging mouisturiser for extra mouisture.
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Madeline123 wrote:
57) 2/7/2011 4:44:21 PM
I wash my face everyday! :)
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nigogo wrote:
58) 2/7/2011 5:09:26 PM
this works great! thanks
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Rockmysock97 wrote:
59) 2/7/2011 5:10:26 PM
What I do first is I use a mask once a week and then I exfoliate 3 times a week to remove dead skin and then i use a toner to clean just in case i missed anything then a moisturizer.
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Bmrhello wrote:
60) 2/7/2011 5:26:47 PM
I'll try this and see if it helps
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margs wrote:
61) 2/7/2011 6:18:47 PM
I'm definitely going to use some of these tricks! I've found that using a cleanser with a scrub such as the L'Oreal 360 Clean helps to make pores smaller.
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Fashion and Makeup Lover wrote:
62) 2/7/2011 6:49:26 PM
Ok I tried this and it did not help me so yeA
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Eliz1995 wrote:
63) 2/7/2011 7:09:22 PM
I like to exfoliate! St.Ives face scrub works great and clean and clear has a pore toner that works well too! and i always mousterize my skin(:
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bebabest wrote:
64) 2/7/2011 10:13:30 PM
I find that using lemon juice once a week also helps.
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miss new beauty wrote:
65) 2/8/2011 12:23:16 AM
Great tips I am new to make up although I am 31 so learning how to take care of my skin i know i am late in the game. I feel better late than never.
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SarahNathaniel wrote:
66) 2/8/2011 1:33:41 AM
I love this post. I have fairly large pores on my nose and a few on my chin that I am always struggling to find a daily cure for. I love to use the Biore pore strips to start fresh, but they are pretty rough on my skin so I only use them about once a week.
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67) 2/8/2011 2:57:33 AM
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edkdolce wrote:
68) 2/8/2011 10:08:34 AM
I use biore pore strips. They work great. I also use a hydroxy peel.
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SweetKim wrote:
69) 2/8/2011 11:24:46 AM
I wash my face daily so that oil and dirt washes away, giving me the appearance of small pores!
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Skyfairy wrote:
70) 2/7/2011 9:06:49 PM
1. take your vitamin C. Vitamin C kills bacteria in the skin and helps your cells stay healthy. 2.Boil hot water, pour it in a bowl, and put your face over the water. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam for about 10 minutes. The hot steam makes your skin sweat and produce oil, which helps flush out your pores and gets rid of dead skin cells that may be lodged in them. When you're done with the steam, make sure you wash your face thoroughly with warm water.3.Use aloe vera. Aloe vera helps fight infections that build up inside the pores. Aloe vera is rich in enzymes that eliminate bacteria and reduce the inflammation of the blackhead. If you have the actual plant, break off a leaf and rub the pulp right on your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rise with warm water.
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Ging3r wrote:
71) 2/7/2011 9:46:50 PM
Well I would recommend that first you go to a professional and do the extractions, then maintain the regimen of cleaning your face before going to bed, tone and moisturize. I usually exfoliate twice or three times a week. I always use cold water every morning and I re-use the makeup remover towels (i wash them with water and put it in the freezer) and in the morning I just gently pat the freezed towel on my face! :)
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Trease wrote:
72) 2/8/2011 11:38:43 AM
I use a face wash daily and occasionally exfoliate with oats, brown sugar and oil it works great
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audelia wrote:
73) 2/8/2011 2:44:39 PM
Tomato juice works to shrink pores. Take some tomato juice and apply it generously all over the face and leave it untouched for about 20 minutes. Then rinse it off with water.
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pinkjuicylover07 wrote:
74) 2/8/2011 4:06:14 PM
I ALWAYS wash my face with cold water,because warm or hot water helps open up the pores and your get pimples more.
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jewelcat wrote:
75) 2/8/2011 7:30:44 PM
I like to splash my face with cold water, because it helps shrink pores. Also, once in a while, I like using pore cleansing strips to clear blackheads.
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Lngy wrote:
76) 2/8/2011 10:45:22 PM
I use a homemade vitamin C mask that has extremely helped with reducing my pore sizes. I've, also, tried using pore strips because one of the leading causes for my enlarged pores are blackheads, but pore strips don't really work as it doesn't get down into the pores. The strips might lift a few but never as much as I would like especially on my nose. Any suggestions?
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Noble wrote:
77) 2/9/2011 2:52:29 AM
Here's what I think and what works for me; I use a microdermabraision on my face at least once a month along with a facial wash and apricot scrub to keep my pores clean. I use Mary Kay products; St. Ives Apricot Scrub; any brand of Witch Hazel; and a moisterier that suits your skin type! Love makeup its so fun...
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sagerizzie wrote:
78) 2/9/2011 9:48:05 AM
I use a tip from the "old country" courtesy of my grandmother. Lemon juice! Lemon juice controls oil, is a great pick me up and can minimize pores as well as take away the tired look in the morning. Once a week, I remove dead skin cells with a sugar and baking soda scrub.
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ADORE wrote:
79) 2/9/2011 11:40:34 AM
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MAFIRE wrote:
80) 2/11/2011 8:50:40 AM
I'm not sure if this tip "truly" minimizes pores but it is important for the overall health of your skin. My tip is--PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WHEN BATHING, YOU HAVE A WASCLOTH DESIGNATED FOR YOUR FACE, (PREFERABLY A WHITE ONE), AND ONE DESIGNATED FOR YOUR BODY. I believe that often, we don't understand the importance of this! Also, using a colored washcloth on the face can sometimes be an irritant to skin because of the dye! So remember, (2) washcloths ladies! Lastly, STAY CUTE UNTIL THE DAY UR NUMBER IS CALLED!!
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kristin in Oregon wrote:
81) 2/11/2011 7:19:30 PM
Looking for local beauty and advice. I love elf so check me out
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H2oluver wrote:
82) 2/16/2011 6:54:42 PM
To make my pores less visible, I first begin by washing my face with a mild castile soap (in bar form) with warm water to open up the pores, working the cleanser in a circular motion. I, then rinse with cool water to 'close' the pores, thus making them appear less visible. A few times per week, I tone my skin with witch hazel to deep cleanse for missed dirt particles and exfoliate once per week. I seal in the moisture with an oil-free moisturizer (or none at all), then apply my make-up for the day. I've had success with this method so far and I recommend it for others to try as well.
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kuulei wrote:
83) 6/7/2011 7:43:21 AM
thx so much for this tip!!! its awesome to know how my pores could be shrunked!!! (if thats a word) lol mahalo
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