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Two of the most stubborn and hard-to-treat skin-care problems are blackheads and enlarged pores. Simply put, they're tough to eliminate completely. You might feel like you've tried everything, but, in fact, most people end up using products or treatments that actually make matters worse. To achieve the best results possible, you need to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Although what works to alleviate these problems has limitations, using the right products consistently will let you see a definite improvement.
Almost exclusively, hormones regulate the oil glands that produce the sebum (oil), which moves through the lining of each pore and then onto your face. With normal oil production, the oil easily flows through the pore lining and out of the pore, imperceptibly spreading over the skin's surface. The problems arise when your oil glands make too much oil. This excess oil mixes with other substances (such as dead skin cells) in the pore to form a clog. Not surprisingly, this clog makes it difficult for the oil to flow freely, which causes the pore itself to enlarge.
Even though the pore enlarges to provide extra room for the oil to flow out, the oil still can become trapped (especially around the nose) by dead skin cells. Once this occurs and the material (oil and skin cells) at the end of the clogged pore is exposed to the air, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead.
What can you do? Check out the steps below for the best treatments for blackheads and enlarged pores! You may never completely eliminate either, but if you follow these steps consistently, you likely will see a huge difference—significantly reducing blackheads and minimizing enlarged pores.
If the skin-care suggestions above still aren't doing the trick, consider the following additional measures to see if they can get you even better results:
We cannot guarantee that the options and procedures described above will completely eliminate the problem of blackheads and enlarged pores, but they are absolutely the most well-researched and proven ways available to deal with these common problems.
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