August 27 2014

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A Pore Thing


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_

How do pore-reducing creams actually work? Are there any good ones you could recommend?

“We all have pores, which contain hair follicles and are outlets for perspiration and sebum. Sebum provides a natural protective layer over the body. However, some of us have larger pores than others, which occurs for two main reasons: 1) genetics and 2) them being clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and other impurities. While we can’t change genetics, we can do everything possible to keep our pores unclogged and, in turn, minimize their appearance.

I recommend 1) using a face wash every day, especially at night to remove makeup and impurities from the day, 2) using a daily physical exfoliator to clean away the dead skin cells and reveal newer, more radiant cells, and for those who are really concerned about pore size, 3) using a pore-reducing serum. Pore-reducing creams typically contain thickeners (or waxes), various emollients, and even oils to help give them that creamy feel. However, those ingredients can clog pores and interfere with the normal sebum production. Even worse, excess oil can mix with dirt and impurities and lead to acne. Serums, however, are typically lightweight, absorb faster and don’t contain all the other ingredients associated with creams. Look for serums containing chemical exfoliators, such as salicylic acid for milder cases, glycolic or lactic acid for more moderate cases, as well as retinol, papaya enzymes, or the newest trend of wild durian fruit enzymes from South Asia. This enzyme has proven so successful, I have used it as the main ingredient in my latest PUR Attitude creation, the Wild Durian Fruit Peel, due out in January.”

With over 20 years of experience developing products for some of the most recognized brands in the skin care industry, David Pollock has become a strong voice in the “safe beauty” movement. Speaking out and educating consumers on the potentially harmful ingredients in personal care products via his own website, frequent radio appearances, and the informative book Just Stop The Lies, Pollock launched his first product line, PUR Attitude, this month.

Photo: Courtesy of PUR Attitude



  1. Citygirlinred says:

    How funny, I recently discovered this brand and will be reviewing it too! Love it!

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