The season of “less is more” makeup is upon us; summer always brings about a carefree beauty regimen that focuses on minimal makeup and glowing skin. In order to achieve that look, your skin needs to be flawless….and that means you need a strategy for dealing with enlarged pores.

You can get enlarged pores at any age and with any skin type, although acne-prone skin is most vulnerable. You can’t “shrink” enlarged pores, but you can minimize their appearance. Enlarged pores can happen because they’re clogged with dirt or debris, or as a natural part of the aging process.

The Best Pore Minimizing Products include: (in no particular order)


In order to keep pores clean and clear, your beauty regimen should start with a great cleanser. I love Kate Somerville cleansers; the EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment keeps pores clear without stripping or drying out skin.

Follow cleansing with a toner that contains a beta hydroxy acid, such as salicylic acid. For that, I’d recommend Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. This solution unclogs pores with green tea and salicylic acid. Retinols, because they help with cell turnover, can also help.

Another skin care product to incorporate into your regimen is a mask. For minimizing pores, clay masks and egg (albumen) masks are known to be effective. The Korean skincare “Too Cool For School” Egg Creme sheet mask is good for tightening skin and pores, while the Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask deep-cleans and purifies and minimizes pores.

When it comes to your makeup, use a pore minimizing primer. Each of the primers I’ve listed is will “fill in” and smooth the skin prior to makeup application. Another option, and one that I really like, is the Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick and the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. You can sweep these products over skin for instant perfecting. They fill in and blur skin, giving a soft focus finish, which minimizes the appearance of pores.

The last step in your makeup routing is usually setting. But if you have enlarged pores, applying a finishing or setting powder can be tricky. I’d recommend a makeup setting spray like Urban Decay’s De-Slick. Spray it on to keep shine at bay and for oil-control.

What products do you use to minimize pores?


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