Large Pores & Contact Lenses

Dear Laurel: I have very large pores on my face and wonder if there is any product or facial that I can get that will shrink them.  Kim ~ Belmont

Dear Kim: Unfortunately, enlarged pores are mainly caused by two factors, genetics and age, neither of which we can do much to change or prevent. However, clogged pores and blackheads can also contribute to the appearance of larger pores. Although, there is really no way of making your pores disappear completely, you can take steps to keep them clear and therefore appear smaller. Pores appear larger when they become clogged by dirt and bacteria, and oil begins to accumulate, causing the pore’s diameter to expand. A cleanser specific to your skin type followed by a good exfoliation is a key to minimizing their appearance. A consistent skincare routine is also crucial to keeping your skin clear of impurities and thereby reducing the appearance of larger pores. A visit to the spa for a facial is a great jump start to motivate you to execute a consistent skincare routine at home, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. A simple facial along with some good advice from your esthetician regarding the proper products will start you on your way to smoother and more radiant skin.

Dear Laurel:  I wear contact lenses and am curious as to whether or not I should take them out when having a facial.   Anna ~ Lexington

Dear Anna:  As someone who spent most of my adult life wearing contact lenses, I would recommend taking out contact lenses prior to having a facial. However, most likely no harm will come from wearing them. As a precaution, I would ask your esthetician what products will be used during your facial to ensure that there are not any ingredients that will irritate your eyes. I would also recommend making sure that your esthetician knows that you are wearing contacts, therefore they know to take more caution while applying products used in the facial too close to your eyes. Bringing this to their attention will also prevent them from excessively massaging the area around the eyes and risk the possible shifting of the positioning of your contacts. Most spas have saline solution on their premises, should this be a concern, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it, so lay back, relax and enjoy your facial service.

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