If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wondered why your pores look so big, know you’re not alone — we’ve all been there. Instead of proceeding to study our face in the mirror for the next few hours, we reached out to Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, to find out easy ways we can make pores look smaller at home. Check out all six tricks, ahead.
TIP 1: Keep Your Face Clean
Pores look larger and more noticeable when they’re clogged with dirt or oil. Use a cleanser that contains between 0.5 and 2 percent salicylic acid and leave on your skin for a minute to let active ingredients work before washing it off. Some other ingredients that work well to keep pores clean of debris and dirt are glycolic acid and lactic acid.
One of the most important things you can do if you have large pores is to make sure dead skin cells and debris get sloughed away regularly. The answer to this is exfoliation. Consider using a Clarisonic Cleansing Brush to deep clean areas where pores are more noticeable, like around your nose and chin. If you’d prefer to use a normal facial exfoliator, try one like the Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub.
No matter your exfoliating method, be sure not to exfoliate more than two to three times a week so you don’t aggravate your skin and potentially enlarge pores even more — the opposite of what we’re going for here.
The best thing you can do to make your pores look better in the long run is to incorporate the right ingredients into your daily skincare regimen — like salicylic acid and retinol. “Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, which helps remove excess oil from the surface of your skin and exfoliates dead cells,” explains Dr. Zeichner. “Retinol stimulates collagen to help support the structure of the pore and keeps the surface opening looking as small as possible.”
We recommend adding a retinol cream to your nightly skincare routine and a face moisturizer for the morning that contains salicylic acid.