Before we get started through, let’s kick off things with a dose of reality. Pore size is genetically determined and impossible to shrink, so we really can’t actually take them from a size 10 to a size 2, not even with surgery. That said, a number of options can help minimize pores’ appearance so as to help your skin look better overall.
4 Ways to Minimize Pores (the Big Ones)
#1 Cleaning and ExfoliatingA gentle, alcohol-free cleanser used twice a day gets out the general gunk, while exfoliating twice a week (more will dry out your skin) helps unplug pores, which can be enlarged by grease and dirt. Go for a gel with AHAs or BHAs while ensuring you use sunscreens, since these fruit acids can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
#2 Tone Them UpToners can be very drying, so choose them carefully, looking for products that have cell-communicating ingredients like niacinamide, peptides and adenoside triphosphate but absolutely no alcohol, skincare researchers at Adore Cosmetics recommend. The right toner can cut down on the cloggy stuff that makes pores look bigger, while the cell communicators help skin cells behave like normal, healthy skin cells.
#3 Extract YourselfDon’t squeeze blackheads—that will just make things worse, according to Adore Cosmetics researchers. But if you learn how to use a comedone extractor (ask your doctor for best results), you can get rid of blackheads and minimize pores’ appearance.
FYI a comedone extractor is a tool used to remove blemishes, including blackheads, often used by estheticians and dermatologists during facial treatments.