There are many products out there that claim to make pores smaller, or “shrink” them. Unfortunately, our pore size is genetically determined and there is not much that we can do to make them smaller than what they should be genetically. Before you become discouraged, you must understand that while you cannot truly shrink your pore size, there are ways to make them appear smaller. The main reason that pores can sometimes appear larger than they are is because they are clogged with debris such as dead skin and oils. Our skin is an amazing organ (in fact, it’s the largest organ of the body!), and it is always working to renew itself and accommodate what we put on it. As our pores become full of debris, they begin to expand – allowing more dead skin and oils to build up inside of them – and in turn begin to appear larger than they actually are. To bring your pores back to the size that they should be, you should cleanse and exfoliate your skin regularly. If your skin tends to be acne-prone and on the oilier side, you may exfoliate one to two times per week to keep your pores clean and clear. If you tend to be dry, exfoliate once a week and follow up with the appropriate moisturizer. No matter what your skin type, always be sure to follow up with a moisturizer (in general: water-based for oily skin and cream or oil-based for dry skin). Too often, people (especially those with oily skin) are tempted to skip this part and they actually end up making their skin worse. If you skip your moisturizer, your skin goes into overdrive and produces even more oil – because it feels deprived – which will result in clogged, larger looking pores. The complete opposite of what you’re trying to achieve! If you find your pores becoming frequently clogged, take a look at what you are putting on your skin daily. It is best to avoid products that contain excess waxes and fillers which can potentially clog them. Treat yourself to natural skin care treatments– your skin will thank you!