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3 Targeted Solutions for Enlarged Pores, Breakouts, and Post-Zit Marks

3 Targeted Solutions for Enlarged Pores, Breakouts, and Post-Zit Marks

If you’re dealing with breakouts, enlarged pores, and/or leftover red marks from past zits, these powerful, research-backed ingredients and skincare steps will lead to dramatically clearer skin!

Clogged Pores and Breakouts Need Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a multitasking superstar for clearer skin and minimizing the appearance of pores. It not only exfoliates the surface of the skin, but also dissolves the clogs that lead to blackheads, breakouts, and those stubborn, tiny, hard white bumps that occur primarily on your cheek bones but can show up in other areas too. It's even suitable for milia-prone skin.

More to the point, salicylic acid can help pores return to a normal appearance by getting rid of the built-up substances that were keeping them congested and enlarged in the first place!

We recommend our CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid. This soothing formula also lessens redness, hydrates, and normalizes skin! Truly a trifecta to achieve clearer skin.

Diminish the Look of Post-Zit Marks

It’s so frustrating that after a bump finally goes away, it’s often replaced by an equally bothersome red or off-colored mark. Thankfully, that lingering reminder of a zit can be diminished quicker than you might think.

After using the CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid, apply our RESIST 1% Retinol Booster or our RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment to bring your skin back to a smoother, more even-toned radiance. You will breathe a sigh of relief leaving the reminders of skin problems in the past.

Minimize Pores with Niacinamide

Salicylic acid paves the way for diminishing pore size, but you can take the results to the next level by incorporating a targeted niacinamide solution.

Once a pore has stretched beyond its normal size, niacinamide can help provide a "tightened-up" look by boosting skin’s healthy natural shape.

Consider using our RESIST 10% Niacinamide Booster for a concentrated yet gentle formula that also contains antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients to normalize your pores and reinstate all aspects of a healthy skin surface!

The Key to Seeing Results

Complete the picture by being sure all the products in your skincare routine are gentle and completely non-irritating. No scrubs or stiff-bristled cleansing brushes, and only gentle cleansers. Harsh products or skin-aggravating ingredients will only make matters worse.

If you need extra hydration, only use liquid or fluids loaded with skin-replenishing ingredients. Lotions and creams can clog pores, and you certainly don’t want to start that cycle again.

Finally and most importantly, consistency is key if you want to see a dramatic transformation that gets pores, breakouts, a clearer skin tone, and smoother skin surface back in shape. In some regards, you can see results almost immediately if you put this advice into practice on an ongoing basis.

References for this information:

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, August 2015, pages 455-461
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124-135
Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, March 2006, pages 96-101
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2004, pages 88-93

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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