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Solved: All of Your Summer Pore Problems

Between the profuse sweating and nonstop SPF application, your skin has been through the wringer by August. The price? Large, clogged pores, which lead to a host of skincare problems like acne, dullness, and a rough, bumpy texture. We asked dermatologist and author of Skin Rules Dr. Debra Jaliman to share her expert tips for how to shrink their appearance and clear them out of all that gunk, so you’ll have a flawless complexion come September.

Deep Clean

When dealing with sweaty, oily skin, Dr. Jaliman recommends switching to a cleanser with salicylic acid or glycolic acid, like Control Corrective’s Salicylic Wash, which relies on the dirt-dissolving acid to flush out pores. Follow with a targeted mask like Dr. Jart+’s PORE MEDIC Pore Purifying Mask. Sure, you may look funny for a bit, but your pores will emerge looking smaller and tighter thanks to the mask’s chestnut shell and plum extracts.

Exfoliate to Excavate

High temps and humidity cause an overproduction of dead skin cells that collect in your pores, leaving your skin dull. A gentle exfoliator like Liz Earle’s can brighten and resurface your skin by removing that buildup with jojoba beads while soothing skin with eucalyptus essential oil. When paired with a sonic tool like the Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System, it makes for a powerful, pore-refining scrub.

Moisturize Wisely

Summer calls for a break from hydrating-yet-pore-blocking ingredients like mineral oil and shea butter. Instead, moisturize acne-prone skin with Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel, an antioxidant-rich formula that repairs and protect pores while providing a lightweight dose of hydration. Since sun exposure causes pore inflammation, top it with an oil-free SPF like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 Sunscreen, which will protect your pores from further UV damage.

Treat to Shrink

All that sweating increases your skin’s bacteria count, inflaming your pores and causing acne. If you’re breaking out, reach for a retinol-packed treatment like Dr. Brandt’s overnight resurfacing serum. It treats blemishes by using concentrated vitamin A to jumpstart cell turnover, and olive extract to soothe inflammation and reduce the appearance of large pores.

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