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How to Close Your Body Pores After a Hot Shower

author image Joshua Duvauchelle
Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.
How to Close Your Body Pores After a Hot Shower
How to Close Your Body Pores After a Hot Shower

Pores help your skin to breathe and are an integral part of healthy skin. You may find that your pores look larger after showering, and may find this detracts from your skin's overall appearance. Although pore size is set genetically and can't be physically modified, good skin care and certain showering practices can help minimize your pore size.

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Step 1

Turn the water in your shower to a comfortably hot temperature.

Step 2

Wash your body with a skin scrub or cleanser formulated with alpha hydroxy acid at a concentration of 8 percent or higher, recommends skincare expert Paula Begoun. The acid helps exfoliate the surface of your skin and your pores, helping to keep your pores clear and unclogged. This allows your pores to close naturally, whereas clogged pores may be stretched and appear bigger.

Step 3

Rinse off the skin cleanser, and then turn the temperature to the coldest setting on your shower's dial. Hot water dilates and opens your pores, but cold water constricts the surface of your skin and tightens up your pores.

Step 4

Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Don't rub your skin vigorously, as the back-and-forth motion can irritate your skin and cause redness, flaking and other skin problems.

Step 5

Smooth on a body lotion formulated with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Both can help keep oil production in check and prevent your pores from getting clogged and stretched.

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