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Take a good look at a child's skin and you'll undoubtedly notice how smooth it is and how their pores are virtually invisible.  As we age, our pores appear to dilate.  Although generally determined by genetics, our pore size may appear larger due to a number of reasons:

*Build-up of oils and skin cells which causes them to expand and appear larger

*Sun damage

*Loss of elasticity and collagen  

While it is not possible to open and close pores like doors (how many of us have heard that theory before!), the best way to make pores look smaller is to keep them clean and free of debris and excess oil.  We can't actually shrink our pores but there are a few tricks that we can use to make them appear smaller and give us that smooth and flawless look:

1. Keep your skin clean.  Use a cleanser that can cut through the oil and remove the excess sebum trapped in the pores, like [Link Removed] every day. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention? Protecting your skin from sun damage (which destroys collagen and elastin) will help maintain the skin's natural support system.
5. Look for matte, non-comedogenic foundations or primers that will minimize the appearance of pores and give you a finished look.  

Of course, after you treat your skin right, you may decide you don't need that makeup after all.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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