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Skin Care Treatments for Large Pores

Source: user orinrobertjohn

Source: user orinrobertjohn

Pores, Pores, Pores

I’m just going to come right out and say it: you absolutely cannot shrink your pores. Now that it’s out in the open, we can focus on more positive things, like how to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. There are many skin care products that can help diminish the look of large pores, though none will literally shrink your pores.

Pore size is determined by genetics; some people are blessed with teensy-tiny pores, while others must bemoan their large pores. Even models have visible pores — they’re just airbrushed away in photographs, which is what leads so many women to believe that a poreless complexion is possible.

There are some things that will cause the pores to appear larger. Sun damage is the number one enemy when it comes to pore size. Even mild sun damage can lead to larger-looking pores. In order to prevent sun damage, it is essential that you use a daily SPF product, ideally one formulated with antioxidants. Excess oil, blackheads, and whiteheads also lead to pores that appear larger than they actually are, which means that acne-prone skin is more likely to exhibit enlarged pores.

Unfortunately, large pores do tend to become blocked more easily, leading to even more blackheads or whiteheads in acne-prone skin. Using a simple pore cleanser will help in this area by flushing out dead skin cells and bacteria, thereby preventing blemishes while helping the pore to appear smaller. In addition, using a gentle skin care exfoliant and astringent toner will help remove excess oil and dead skin cells. These steps will prevent the pores from becoming clogged, which will lead to a more refined look.

Mineral makeup is the best friend of any girl with naturally large pores. The minerals used won’t settle into fine lines or pores; rather, they’ll lay over the surface of the skin, creating a smooth, fresh appearance. Loose or pressed mineral makeup is also a great choice due to the use of natural, gentle ingredients which won’t cause acne-prone skin to become more inflamed or irritated.

For an extra attack against the appearance of enlarged pores, try using a pore-specific skin treatment. Many skin care companies offer formulations that will visibly diminish the look of large pores with special lighting effects, smoothing ingredients, and more.

Finally, when it comes to pore size, one of the best tips is to stop obsessing! Throw out your magnifying mirror, and remain a healthy distance away from your bathroom mirror while you’re doing your daily makeup. Obsessing over your pores will only lead to more frustration. Invest in the right skin care treatments and embrace your pore size!



  1. Lindsey
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I wear mineral make-up, and I totally agree that it is the best foundation for making your skin look smoother. However, the best advice that I could give someone that is self-conscious of her pores is to wear a make-up primer! I can’t stress how much a primer has changed the way my skin looks. Primer fills in fine lines and larger pores to make your skin look much smoother. And, if that wasn’t great enough, primer absorbs oil. So by 5:00, my face still has a relatively matte finish. Make-up primer is definitely battling for first place as my favorite beauty product. I can tell a HUGE difference throughout the day if I don’t use it. Hope this helps!

  2. Leanna Kelly
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the tip, Lindsey! You are absolutely right; makeup primer is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most effective ways to diminish the appearance of enlarged pores.

    Another option is finding a specific pore minimizing product. My personal favorite is Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pore Minimizer & Mattifier. I apply a pea-size amount to my T-zone before foundation application to reduce enlarged pores, control oil, and improve the finish of my foundation!

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