- 1). Wash your skin daily with a mild cleanser. Select a cleansing agent that suits your skin type, as skin may be naturally oil, dry or somewhere in between. Wet your skin and gently massage cleanser into the skin in a circular motion. Rinse using warm water and finish with a cool water rinse to avoid skin reddening or inflammation.
- 2). Use ice to temporarily minimize the size of your pores. Ice acts as a cooling agent that reduces inflammation in the skin by constricting blood flow and decreasing oil production.
- 3). Wrap ice in a washcloth that is made of cotton or non-irritating material. Use two to three small ice cubes, wrap them in cloth, and apply to facial pores with gentle pressure. Apply to one area of the face for approximately 30 seconds to one minute.
- 4). Avoid using ice that is taken directly from freezing temperatures. This can burn the skin or further irritate the face, causing skin redness and inflammation. Use cloths and smaller pieces of ice that contour to the face more easily to prevent this from happening. Follow up with a gentle skin moisturizer to avoid drying out the skin.
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