“Enlarged pores” is the number one term plugged into Sephora’s search engine and one of the most common beauty concerns I hear from NewBeauty readers. As a matter of fact, they are actually one of the first signs of aging to appear before lines and wrinkles. It can seem like they come out of nowhere, but enlarged pores are actually caused (and magnified) by excessive oil production, poor cleansing habits and loss of elasticity due to aging.
Makeup is an easy way to mask enlarged pores, but to really treat and prevent them you’ll need to treat the cause at the source. With that in mind and the success of Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer, Meriden, CT, dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD has added Intensive Pore Treatment ($75) to his Cosmeceuticals arsenal.
The formula is impressive: Alpha lipoic acid and DMAE, work synergistically to perfect pores and help them appear smaller. ALA purifies the skin and naturally exfoliates to cleanse skin resurface cells—addressing acne scars, discoloration and hyperpigmentation. DMAE works to firm skin and tighten pore walls for a tauter complexion.
The creamy formula goes on smoothly, almost melting into the skin similarly to a rich moisturizer. But it does more than just hydrate and you’ll notice its effects shortly after your first application. Oil is controlled throughout the day, makeup stays on longer, and the overall appearance of your skin is softer, smoother and healthier.
My combination complexion needed a boost and I found a solution with this product, which I was able to easily squeeze into my normal skin-care routine. I’ve been using it for a week and have seen a major transformation to my dull post-summer skin. Not only are pores smaller, but my skin looks and feels healthier overall—that post-facial feel, without the extractions and the steam (which I hate).
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