Facial Peels & Pore Tightening

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Your dermatologist can determine which peel is best for your skin type.
Your dermatologist can determine which peel is best for your skin type. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If large pores have presented themselves on your skin, odds are this didn't happen overnight. Pore size is given to us by the grace of Mother Nature herself, and although changing the size of your pores isn't possible, you can take steps to keep them clear and tight. Peels can work to resurface the texture of your skin, leaving it refreshed and revived.

Pore Size

The size of your pores was determined within your DNA strands long ago, so stop right there if you think there's a quick over-the-counter solution to shrink those babies. While some may claim that cold water and other tricks may shrink pores, it's simply not the case. Cleansing your skin twice a day with a gentle, yet effective cleanser is the first step to taking care of your pores. If sebum, makeup or dirt gets trapped in your pores, it can lead to stretching of the pores.

Before Trying a Peel

Going for a peel is not something to take lightly -- some peels will require downtime. Taking up to a week off from work may be necessary because of sensitivity and the unsightly appearance that strong peels can temporarily bring. However, mild peels might require no downtime or very little downtime. Before taking the leap and trying a peel, try some simple solutions first. In addition to cleansing your skin twice a day, exfoliate once or twice a week to clear away dead skin and buildup in the pores. Apply a lotion containing salicylic acid to keep acne at bay while simultaneously keeping pores pristine.

Salicylic Acid

Many dermatologists may recommend a salicylic acid peel when it comes to targeting pores. A salicylic acid peel typically doesn't require downtime, according to dermatologist Mary Lupo of Tulane University School of Medicine. She tells Skin Inc. that salicylic acid peels provide immediate results with their strong exfoliating abilities. Some dermatologists, including Lupo, prefer to combine the power of a salicylic acid peel with an LED treatment, which works to stimulate collagen.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid that works to exfoliate skin and refine the texture. Glycolic acid may also be used for anti-aging purposes, because it can help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the skin. Your dermatologist or skin care professional can determine which strength of peel would be most suitable for your skin type. Depending on the level of strength of the peel, downtime may or may not be necessary.

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