How to minimize pores


When it comes to what you see in the mirror, pore size is one of those unmissable beauty bugbears that can affect the appearance of otherwise flawless skin.

Enlarged pores are due to a malfunction in the sebaceous glands which produce an excess of skin oils, known as ‘hyperseborrhea’. They typically appear on our noses, the T-zone, cheeks, forehead and chin and it can be a bit of a job to get rid of them. Read on for our top tips on how to painlessly minimise your pores.

Causes of ‘pore’ skin

The top three causes of enlarged pores can be attributed to either of the following; hormonal changes which occur more frequently during puberty and during pregnancy, environmental issues such as pollution and sunshine, and the stresses of everyday life, poor diet and lifestyle.

Minimising the appearance of pores so that they're less apparent - and are less prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples - can be done but it requires a consistent skin care routine, with oil balancing products with an emphasis on proper cleansing and exfoliating.

Purify pores

There are also a number of primers and powders which can be used as part of your skincare routine to decrease the size of pores.

Mask up

Target pores using masks with ingredients such as clay to draw out excess oils. Then pick a continuous skincare line that will cleanse/tone/treat the skin while rebalancing and tightening pores.

Moisturise and hydrate

Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer is pricey, but it’s a beauty editor favourite which is renowned for it’s work on smoothing the skin’s surface and ensuring a flawless base. It contains an astringent concentrate with lentil extract and java tea extract, that not only tightens pores but also deeply hydrates the skin.

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