I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone to find out that I obsess over my skin. I am particularly distressed at the fact that I have very large and visible pores on my checks. We have a tyrannical societal expectations that people should have flawless, blemish free skin that looks lit from within and also has invisible pores. Well that only occurs with the help of make-up and photo shop. But nevertheless what is a person to do who has large pores?
Large pores are usually a matter of genetics so it is almost next to impossible to shrink the size of your pores. But pores can become enlarged if they are clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Keeping your pores unclogged can reduce their size slightly. Most likely you’ll need to find a few ways to disguise the appearance of your large pores with make-up.
In order to make sure that your pores are unclogged and thus not enlarged by dead skin cells and oil you need to exfoliate. See my early post All About Exfoliation for tips on how to exfoliate.
But if genetics are to blame for your large pores, as they are in my case, make-up is really the only solution you have. Currently I use a mineral powder in the morning before leaving the house. I reapply my sunscreen with a mineral sunscreen throughout the day so that not only gives me sun protection but also cuts down on shine and gives my skin a more smooth appearance. Consider using primer before applying your make-up since primer will create a smooth surface on which to apply your make-up, and then your make-up shouldn’t get stuck in your pores.
I keep hearing about two other powders that help reduce the appearance of large pores but haven’t tried them myself yet:
Sources and Further Information
15 Easy Tips for Flawless Skin Allure slide 6
The Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun, 2nd edition, pages 261-262.