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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