Pamper Your Skin

Pore·fec·tion (n): a nirvana-like state of complexion flawlessness, exemplified by minimized, unclogged pores
They’re small (they just look big), they’re sensitive (they just seem impervious), and they’re the biggest skin care concern you’ve got.

They’re your pores, and for many women the quest for perfect skin begins with porefection. Here’s a fail-proof, three-step program guaranteed to give you the pores you’ve always wanted.

Step 1: Get Real

Page through the airbrushed images in many glossy magazines, and you’re bound to notice that your pores are more super-sized than supermodel-sized. In the real word, even glamazons have visible pores. The first step in achieving porefection is to get real about your expectations. The goal is to minimize pores, not eradicate them. After all, pores do serve a purpose, allowing oil to flow efficiently and keeping your skin soft and hydrated.

Step 2: Keep it Clean

The good news is that clogged pores aren’t permanently enlarged, they just appear larger thanks to surface oil and dead skin cells that collect around the pore’s perimeter. The best way to minimize pores is to keep them clean. Start with a gentle, pH-balanced daily cleanser like Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple ($20 for 8 ounces at

This one-step facial cleanser dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. After cleansing, use an exfoliant to banish the irritants that clog pores. Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant ($17 for 5 ounces at is nonabrasive and safe for all skin types. This liquid exfoliant uses salicylic acid, witch hazel and lavender, to eradicate dirt and bacteria.

To maintain those newly dirt-free pores, keep fingers away from your face; your fingers transfer bacteria, dirt and oil to your face, which can cause acne and clog pores.

Step 3: Call the Experts

See a skincare expert every 4-to-6 weeks. An experienced esthetician or dermatologist can give you customized skincare advice and perform facial extractions—the physical removal of blackheads.

Skincare experts also offer microdermabrasion services. Microdermabrasion “sandblasts” your skin with aluminum oxide crystals, baking soda, salt or cob granules to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. This procedure also stimulates the collagen in your skin, which evens out texture and appearance. Microdermabrasion should be performed by a medical professional.

Chicagoland Medical Spas offers the service for $100 to $150 per treatment.

Follow these three steps, and porefection can finally be yours.

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Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty.

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