There are two kinds of pores found on our face; sweat pores to prevent overheating, and pores that contain thousands of tiny hair follicles, which act as a gateway for sebum to lubricate our skin and ensure that it is naturally moisturized.
Those with oily or combination skin tend to have large pores due to the overproduction of oil. Other factors that can contribute to large pores include genetics, UV damage from the sun, build-up of dirt, and aggravating blemishes and pimples.
With the growing popularity of fresh, natural-looking makeup, having a clear, flawless complexion has never been more important. But can you really minimize large pores? The truth is that it is virtually impossible to shrink their size without abrasive laser treatments. You can, however, make them appear smaller by investing in the proper products and adapting your daily skincare regime.
The most effective way to minimize the appearance of pores is to always keep them unclogged. Your pores can get congested from makeup, sebum, and dirt that causes them to swell and appear larger than they normally are.
Exfoliating your skin regularly strips away dead skin cells that often get trapped inside your pores, stretching them out. Invest in a sonic cleansing brush, such as the Clarisonic (US $99; AED/SAR 364), and use it with a gentle exfoliating product for a deep cleanse. The Natura Bissé Glyco Extreme Peel (US $250; AED/SAR 918) and the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant (US $41; AED/SAR 151) aren’t abrasive, and won’t irritate or damage your skin.
Choosing the right cleanser will unclog your pores, and ultimately make them look less noticeable. Those with oily skin should opt for a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. Origin’s Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser (US $22; AED/SAR) comprises skin-clearing cooling mint and pore-opening salicylic acid to effectively remove oil or product build-up. But since this ingredient reduces oil, it can be very drying. Those with dry skin should consider an oil-based cleanser, which is just as effective in removing bacteria and grime from your pores. We suggest the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil (US $44; AED/SAR 162).
3. Remove Blackheads and Whiteheads
Removing blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes is key to minimizing enlarged pores. But picking at your skin can aggravate it and cause permanent damage to your face. Use a clay mask to magnetically pull dirt and other pore-cloggers from your skin. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (US $26; AED/SAR 95) contains kaolin clay, which is effective for large, clogged pores. You can also opt for Boscia’s Pore Purifying Black Strips (US $28; AED/SAR 103) to draw out blackheads and dirt from your skin.
Regular facials also help keep your skin clean. You can choose to perform a facial at home with the proper skincare tools. First, ensure that your skin is cleansed by placing a hot water towel on your face for 15 minutes and let the steam open up your pores. Then, smear a clay mask over your skin for 10 to 15 minutes to draw out impurities. Apply a hydrating mask after you wash off the clay. Avoid performing an extraction on yourself as this can cause more breakouts.
For our list of the best facial treatments available in Dubai for acne-prone skin, click here.
Primers work as a barrier between the skin and makeup to prevent foundation from seeping into your pores. Additionally, they temporarily camouflage pores to create the appearance of flawless, smooth skin. Find the 10 best foundation primers for oily skin here.
5. Retinol Works
Products with retinol—one of the multiple forms of Vitamin A—are very effective at minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. Retinol is used in an array of over-the-counter products and is almost always found in anti-aging treatments. It helps produce new skin cells, unclogs pores, and makes them appear smaller.
Note: Always make sure to put on an SPF before going outside as UV rays also contribute to enlarging pores.