I’ve actually already written about this subject in a previous post, but I thought it was time to revisit the subject again so I could add a few more tips, tricks, and ideas to the mix.
- Never, ever use a magnifying mirror! If you have one – hide it! If you don’t own one – don’t buy one! Looking in one of those magnifying mirrors just makes you feel worse about your appearance. Pores that aren’t even large will appear huge in a magnifying mirror. It really is best just to stay away altogether from those mirrors.
- Determine what causes your pores to be enlarged:
If it is genetics (you’ve always had large pores and others in your family do as well) there isn’t anything you can do about it except try to minimize the appearance of large pores with make-up. More tips on how to do that later in the post.
Could you be confusing enlarged pores with something else? It is actually normal to have sebum (oil), white keratin, and even a minuscule hair inside a pore. This actually helps the body stop bacteria from entering your pores. But if your pores appear enlarged because of trapped dead skin cells and oil – blackheads and whiteheads – you can help clean out your pores with salicylic acid products and retinoids. (See my post How to Get Rid of Blackheads for tips) Your pores may shrink a little bit once you’ve cleared them of trapped oil and dead skin cells.
Could your pores appear larger because your skin is dry? By simply moisturizing you can plump up your skin and reduce the appearance of large pores.
Could your pores be dilated because of the aging process and sun damage? Sun exposure and the aging process erodes our skin’s framework – collagen and elastin. So as our skin begins to sag and droop our pores appear larger. You can rebuild collagen with laser treatments, microdermabrasion, retinols, topical Vitamin C, and chemical peels and thus change the appearance of your pores.
Products that Claim to Shrink Pores
Keep in mind that any product that offers immediately change the appearance of your pores is just a temporary fix. For long-term results you need to determine the reason behind your enlarged or dilated pores and treat accordingly. Allure tested a few products that claim to shrink pores. Out of the five products that they tested their favorites were: Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer and Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion.
If you’ve tried everything and your pores are still dilated or you determined that your pore size is genetic it is time to start playing around with make-up – primer and powder specifically.
I read the following tip in Allure: after washing your face apply a very light dusting of powder before applying foundation or moisturizer. Or finish your make-up routine with a dusting of translucent powder. Try Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (I can attest from personal experience that it works).
Or try a primer before applying your moisturizer and/or make-up. Allure recommends Benefit The Porefessional. Or try Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer.
But first and foremost – throw out that magnifying mirror!
Source and Further Reading
Ellen Marmur, MD Simple Skin Beauty – pages 220 – 221