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How to Minimize the Appearance of Large Pores

With products that might already be in your bathroom cabinet.
May 06, 2022

Enlarged pores are a common
skin care concern for many people, and there isn’t a way to actually make them smaller — even though many products may claim to do exactly that. The good news is, there are skin care products you can use (such as an exfoliating face mask) and steps you can take in your skin care routine  to help minimize the appearance of pores. Keep reading for our best skin care tips for diminishing the look of enlarged pores.

The Best Skin Care Routine for Enlarged Pores

While you know that you can’t get rid of enlarged pores, there are things you can do to help reduce their appearance. Follow these steps to minimize the appearance of pores.

1. Use An Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

Your skin care routine for enlarged pores should start with choosing the best facial cleanser for your skin care concerns. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate and unclog pores for skin that feels smoother — and according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), exfoliating may make pores less noticeable. 

Formulated to transform from a clay consistency to a mousse, this facial cleanser removes everyday impurities from the skin’s surface without over-drying it. With continued use, pores will appear tighter and less visible. Once a day, squeeze a small amount of the cleanser into your hands, then gently massage it onto your face using circular motions before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water and patting skin dry.

2. Try A Sugar Scrub

Another exfoliating skin care product to give a try is a sugar scrub. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub immediately (and gently) polishes away dull skin. This scrub can help to unclog pores and make your overall complexion more even. 

Three times a week, apply a small amount of the face scrub on dry skin, then massage it over your face with wet fingers and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

3. Moisturize Morning And Night

Regardless of your skin type or skin care concerns, using moisturizer should be part of your daily skin care routine. Look for one that offers lightweight hydration, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and has a matte finish. Apply to damp skin after cleansing to help lock in hydration.

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4. Add a Face Mask To Your Skin Care Routine

Just as using a sugar scrub can help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, so can a face mask. Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells can build up on the skin daily, causing the appearance of enlarged pores. 

The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask can address your skin care concerns to reveal a polished and smooth complexion. This face mask is formulated to draw out the buildup, unclog and tighten the appearance of pores, exfoliate dead skin cells from skin’s surface, and smooth the look of imperfections. Three times a week, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

5. Don’t Skip SPF

A broad-spectrum sunscreen can also make a difference in your pores. According to the AAD, sun damage can cause your skin to lose its firmness, leading to more noticeable pores. Prevent sun damage by applying a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater every day — regardless of the season, the temperature outside, or even your skin tone.

6. Use Retinol

The AAD states that while oily skin, mild acne, and less firm skin can all cause pores to appear larger, using a skin care product with retinol can help. Try adding the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Night Serum, 0.3% Pure Retinol, , to your routine. It’s formulated with pure retinol to fight signs of aging and hyaluronic acid and glycerin to soothe the skin.

7. Use Primer Before Applying Makeup

Once you’ve made your way through your skin care routine, don’t move on to foundation just yet. Applying a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer Infused With Serum, over enlarged pores can help create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application.

Next: The Best Face Serums Based On Your Skin Concerns


Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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