I actually ran across this process by accident, now I use it quite a bit.
1. Do all of your clone/healing brush work first on whatever needs to get fixed.
2. Duplicate layer.
3. Gaussian blur the top layer. Now the level of blur depends on if you're working on a 72dpi image or 300 dpi image. Rule of thumb, blur until the skin looks fairly smooth.
4. Erase all information except skin areas(leave the face alone for now) from the top layer. ie. hair, clothing, etc. Just be careful around the edges. Click on the eyeball in the layers on the lower layer so you can see what you're erasing.
4b. In all of this, you can also play with the opacity of the brush so you're not erasing 100% of the area. I'd use this for areas around the edges where clothing touches sking.
5. Using a brush that isn't sharp, erase straight line areas at the edge, as in legs, arms, etc. What I mean is, erase the edge of the arm, leg, etc with a soft brush so that the sharp edge will show through on the bottom layer. Don't go too far in, or your work will look obvious.
6. Now let's focus on the face. You must erase the eyes, but don't go above the eyelashes or too much outside of the eyeball and eyelashes. You want that area soft too. Erase the eyebrows(using a soft brush, no sharp brushes ever in this technique). Erase the nostrils if visible(because they create sharp lines. Erase the mouth.
7. Now, you should have a photo that looks like you took a soft photograph of just the skin with the eyes, mouth, and eyelashes taken out.
8. Almost done. Now, click on your lower layer once more so that it's visible.
9. Click on the blur layer. Set opacity to 40%(or play with it to desired effect. If you did your erasing carefully, you should have a soft face, but you can still see the pores of the lower layer, but softer.
10. Post up your before and after fixers to share. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]