You’ve been cleansing, toning, masking and generally been on-the-ball with your skincare routine and yet, you can’t help but notice your enlarged pores. The bad news is, you can’t change the size of your pores. It is largely determined by genetics and your skin type, but other factors like hormones, pregnancy and age also play a part. The good news is, there are lots of things you can do to make your enlarged pores appear less visible.
What causes pores to look bigger?
To tackle enlarged pores, you must first determine what’s causing them to appear larger. Pores expand to enable the excess flow of sebum for those with oily or combination skin types, but they also get slack and appear bigger because sun damage causes a breakdown of collagen and elastin, which are essential to help keep skin firm and pores tightly closed. Pollution, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can also cause them to get clogged and appear larger.
How to tackle enlarged pores
The trick to making your pores appear smaller is to make sure you keep them clear of any impurities. A thorough cleansing routine that includes a makeup remover and face wash is the first step to smaller-looking pores. Salicylic acid, an oil-soluble alpha hydroxy acid, will sink into pores and dissolve nuggets of oil to help keep them small. Add a retinol serum to your skincare routine to help firm skin to keep pores tight. Finally, don’t forget sunscreen to prevent damage from UV rays. A good pore-minimising primer will also go a long way in giving the illusion of non-existent pores, so you don’t have to feel so poor thing anymore. Here are some of the products to add to your pore-fighting arsenal.
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Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil, $55
This contains Japanese charcoal that sops up impurities, as well as tea extract and bilberries to detoxify and get rid of dead skin to ensure pores look smaller. Plus, your skin looks brighter too.
Glamglow Starpotion Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil, $75
Two types of charcoal, turmeric, aloe vera, proprietary TEAOXI, vitamin C, salicylic acid and oleic acid-rich oils gently draw out gunk, including trapped sebum, to ensure minimised pores without leaving your skin feeling dry and uncomfortable.
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, $128
Get all the benefits of retinol without any of the redness and peeling. A mix of retinoid and retinoid-like botanical extracts along with skin soothing ingredients like Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, ginger, and prickly pear cactus, this works to improve overall appearance of skin while reducing the appearance of your pores.
Soleil Toujours 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, $38
This lightweight mineral sunscreen wears well under makeup, doesn’t leave a white cast, and is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and botanical ingredients to nourish skin while protecting it from the sun damage. Plus, it’s coral reef-safe!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $89
Not only does this lightweight primer minimise the appearance of pores to create a flawless canvas for your makeup, it also repels water (hello, humidity) to extend the wear of your makeup and keep it looking fresh all day.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed, $48
This is basically your personal airbrushing tool in your bag. Say goodbye to pores, and keep skin shine-free and fresh through the day with a cocktail of peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, real silk, and optically blurring Drops of Light Technology.