While harmless, large pores are one of the skin complaints that we hear about the most. If you suffer from large pores, you can blame your parents as pore size is genetically determined. While you can’t get rid of your pores, it is possible to minimize the appearance, by using the right products and ingredients.
Pores are actually the openings of hair follicles, each containing a sebaceous gland. Sebaceous glands produce your skin’s natural oils, which is why pores are usually more noticeable and larger on oilier parts of the face, such as the forehead or nose. This is also why people with naturally oilier skin tend to have larger pores. The good news is that having oilier skin can help ward off wrinkles and fine lines.
The key to minimizing large pores lies in your skincare routine. Using the right products to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin will greatly minimize the appearance of large pores. Dead skin cells, trapped sebum, and other debris can stretch out pores and make them more visible, making proper cleansing and exfoliation even more important. It’s also important to protect your skin against UV rays as they can weaken the collagen that keeps your pores tight.
Now that you know what causes large pores and what you need to do to keep yours looking smaller, here are some of our favorite pore-minimizing products.
Premium SkinDesign 4D Pore Refining Foam – We always believe that great skin starts with the basics, and this mild foam will gently cleanse the skin while renewing and refining. Use it with lukewarm water for your face, or on a damp cotton pad to remove eye makeup.
Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer – Perfect for when you need a quick fix before a big event, or even just everyday use, this hydrating and soothing primer instantly minimizes the appearance of pores as well as fine lines and wrinkles. The non-greasy formula contains mushroom extract to reduce actively reduce pore size, while providing long-lasting makeup wear.
SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner – This spray toner will work wonders for oily skin with large pores. It contains Aloe Vera to soothe and reduce redness, and Chamomile extract to promote circulation and improve healing. It also contains a mild blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids to exfoliate dead skin cells and clear out pores.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel – Exfoliation is an extremely important step to keeping your pores in check, and we recommend a facial peel to gently, but efficiently clear out dead skin cells and other pore-clogging debris. These pre-soaked towelettes contain a safe, professional-level dose of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids for maximum exfoliation that will leave you with smaller looking pores, improved skin tone and texture, and diminished wrinkles.
Phytomer OligoPur Shine Control Purifying Mask – A mask is a great way to deep cleanse and refine your pores. This twice-weekly mask comes in a light, creamy texture and contains green sand clay and marine extracts to draw out impurities and minimize pores.