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Oily skin and the appearance of large pores can go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately, you may find that this skin combo isn’t nearly as satisfying as your favorite childhood snack. No matter which way you slice it (diagonal or straight down the middle), large pores are no fun. The good news is, there are certain skin care steps you can take to help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores when you have oily skin. Below, find out exactly how to help diminish the look of enlarged pores. Hint, hint: It involves facial cleanser, primer, and face masks—among other helpful skin care tips and skin care products.
This tip should (hopefully) be nothing new to you—everyone needs to cleanse and exfoliate. No trying to get out of this one! To take it easy on yourself, you can pick a daily facial cleanser that gets your skin clean (duh) and exfoliates all at once. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, which goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate and unclog pores for skin that feels smoother. Formulated with clay and red algae, this facial cleanser leaves pores looking tighter and minimized, with imperfections less visible. Basically, what’s not to like? Once a day, at night, squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands and add water to watch it transform from clay to mousse (cue the “ooh” and “aah” sounds!). Gently massage onto your face using circular motions to exfoliate, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat skin dry. Of course, you’re not excused from cleansing in the A.M. For your morning refresh, reach for a micellar water meant for oily skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Clean – Normal to Oily Skin is just right for the job—plus it leaves skin looking matte.
When it comes to skin care products, retinol is one of the most popular ingredients around. Whether you’re struggling with dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, or even enlarged pores, a skin care product formulated with retinol could be just what you’re looking for. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that works by unclogging pores and restoring the appearance of skin’s natural radiance. (Read How Does Retinol Work? to learn more.)
We all know and love face masks, but you’re probably used to using them just one way—to completely cover your face. While we’re certainly forever fans of that method—nothing could change that—sometimes you can switch it up. Instead of putting a face mask all over, try using one in specific spots. Don’t you just love when you find out your favorite skin care product has a new purpose? Yeah, us too! Choose the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, which helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, unclog and tighten the appearance of pores, and exfoliate dead skin cells from skin’s surface for a smoother look and feel. Dot the face mask onto your skin wherever your pores are looking a little on the larger side, then rock the spotty look for 10-15 minutes. Once the timer dings, go ahead and rinse off.
As much effort as you put into your skin care routine, the work doesn’t end there. Once you’re done working your way through your cleansers and moisturizers, it’s time for makeup. And before that, you’ll need to be sure to prep your skin with primer. The L’Oréal Paris Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer helps smooth skin for better makeup application—plus the matte finish makes it a great pick for oily skin.
Check out our article, The Makeup Routine for Large Pores, for advice on covering up large pores with the right makeup products.