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You Can Minimize Your Pores

Q: My pores seem large and are very noticeable. Is there any way I can shrink them?

A: Unfortunately, no. "The actual size of your pores is genetically determined and nothing will make them physically smaller," says Ruth Tedaldi, M.D., a Wellesley, Massachusetts-based dermatologist and Shape advisory board member. However, you can minimize the appearance of pores that have expanded due to aging or a buildup of oil, dirt, and dead cells with the following steps:

Scrub away cloggers. Exfoliating twice a week will help remove dead skin and debris, says Tedaldi. A gentle slougher: Olay Definity Pore Redefining scrub ($9; at drugstores) with deep-cleansing beta-hydroxy acids.

Soothe inflammation. If skin is irritated (sunburned or acne prone), pores will appear larger. Calm your complexion with anti-inflammatory green tea; try Dr. Brandt Poreless Moisture ($42; drbrandtskincare.com).

Mattify with makeup. Shiny skin highlights large pores. Mask them with a matte-finish foundation. We love oil-free Joey New York Pure Pores Pore Minimizer foundation ($35; skinstore.com).

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