Pore size is a common skincare complaint—ranking up there with acne and the first signs of aging—but it’s not something you have to live with. While you can’t get rid of enlarged pores entirely, you can take steps to reduce the appearance of your pores to make them look smaller.
1. Keep your skin clean
One of the easiest ways to get smaller-looking pores is keeping your skin clean. Excess oil can cause pores to look larger than they actually are, so keeping your skin free of impurities will go a long way in getting your enlarged pores to look smaller. Morning and night, wash your face with a cleanser formulated for your skin type.
When your skin is dehydrated it can cause your pores to appear larger than they actually are. To combat this be sure to moisturize your skin immediately after cleansing. This step can help to plump the appearance of your skin, making pores look less noticeable.
If you don’t already, it’s time to add exfoliation to your skincare routine. Clogged pores naturally appear enlarged and exfoliation is a great way to decongest them as it helps to remove dead skin cells buildup and impurities. Try an exfoliating cleanser, formulated to help make enlarged pores appear smaller, like Clarisonic Pore and Blemish Gel Cleanser. This deep facial cleanser, formulated with 2% salicylic acid, helps to reduce the appearance of pores without over-drying the skin
4. Use a facial cleansing brush
To create the illusion of smaller pores, use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush along with Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head every night . This brush head is specially designed to help flush out dirt and debris from the day to help make pores appear smaller since they are less likely to become congested and enlarged.
5. Try a toner
If you have enlarged pores, toning is an essential step in your skincare routine that you may be missing. Toners follow cleansers in your regimen and help to ensure that any excess dirt, oil and leftover cleanser is removed before you move on to the next step in your routine. What’s more? Some toners can even temporarily tighten the look of pores, to truly help them appear smaller.
6. Use a weekly face mask
Face masks are an excellent addition to your skincare routine if you want your pores to appear smaller. Look for clay masks formulated with charcoal which can help to attract impurities clogging your pores like a magnet.
7. Up the anti-aging ante
Enlarged-looking pores can often be a side effect of getting older, so anti-aging skincare products are key if you want them to appear smaller. Products formulated with anti-aging ingredients like retinol or antioxidant vitamin C are known to help reduce the appearance of pores, leaving you with a younger-looking complexion.
8. Protect skin from the sun
Another cause of enlarged-looking pores? Sun damage. Wearing broad-spectrum SPF is necessary to protect your skin from the harsh and skin-aging effects of UV rays. Daily, after cleansing, reach for a moisturizer formulated with SPF 30 or more.