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Why It Pays to Understand Your Pores

For the average American male, the science behind facial pores is hardly a subject of expertise. What’s more, every brand and blogger has a different take on the subject, which calls what little we do know into question. For your edification, here’s the undoctored lowdown: no myths, no bull.

Most guys know more about competitive cheese rolling than they do about their pores. Until recently, I was no exception. The truth is, you can’t grasp proper skincare without understanding pores—both what they are, and what they do. This isn’t easy given that most of the information out there is chock full of hyperbole, or in some cases, bold-faced lies. Case in point: Brands often claim that hot steam opens pores, and that cold water seals them shut. Both these statements are bunk. Facial pores are simple passages for sweat and oil, with no muscles to speak of, which means that asking them to open or shut is like telling a rock to roll over.

But not every pore-based fact is a myth. For one, there are steps you can take to reduce their size. Large, unsightly pores are caused by clogged debris, so regular cleansing and a good moisturizer can help whip them into shape. An exfoliating scrub with Salycylic acid will do the job in time, but for immediate results, there's no substitute for a specialist, like dr brandt pores no more pore refiner. This lotion tackles oversized pores by absorbing the oils that keep them clogged, reducing their appearance in a single application. If the alternative is an apocryphal dip in cold water, I’ll take my chances.

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