Big Pores? Follow These 7 Tricks to Make Them Look Smaller

October 21, 2020
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
Make Big Pores Look Smaller With These 7 Easy Tricks

Here’s the thing: You can’t actually tighten or shrink large pores that pop up on your nose or cheeks. But you can make certain changes in your skin-care routine that will remove buildup and dead skin cells to make your pores appear smaller. To find out exactly what steps we can take, we reached out to board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. Here, he’s sharing his tips for getting smoother, more flawless skin

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% salicylic acid. Leave it on your skin for a minute to let active ingredients work before washing it off. One cleanser we love is the CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser

CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser

Exfoliate Regularly

One of the most important things you can do if you have large pores is to exfoliate two to three times a week. This will make sure dead skin cells and debris get sloughed away regularly. For a chemical exfoliant, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Glycolic Acid Serum

Use a Toner 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Leave-On Solution Pore-Refining Toner is a great choice if you’re working to reduce the appearance of large pores. The daily treatment is formulated with kaolin clay, which absorbs excess oil and mattifies your complexion. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Leave-On Solution Pore-Refining Toner

Upgrade Your Masks

Upgrade your mask game with the Lancôme Rose Sorbet Cryo-Mask. The tightening treatment will decongest pores, making them look smaller. It also primes your skin for makeup by creating a smooth, hydrated base

Never Skip Your SPF

“With sun damage, the skin gets weaker, making pores look larger,” explains Dr. Zeichner. This is why you always need an SPF 30 sunscreen (or more) on hand. We love the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60, which absorbs pore-clogging oil. 

Use a Primer Underneath Your Makeup

Primer can make your skin look super smooth by evening out your complexion. We’re loving the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer. It has a basic, six-ingredient formula, applies like a gel and mattifies your complexion. Your makeup will apply flawlessly and the primer will work to keep it looking shine-free and smooth all day. 

Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer

Use a Longwear Concealer

While reducing the appearance of your pores starts with skin care, adding makeup can also help. For a concealer that provides a more even-looking complexion, we like the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer. The formula is oil-free and non-comedogenic. 

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer
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