When you look in the mirror, it may bother you if you have noticeably large pores in your skin. Fortunately, there are several ways for you to treat large pores to draw out your natural beauty. Here, we explain where large pores come from and what makes for the best pore minimizer treatment.
The Causes of Large Pores
Pore size largely comes down to genetics, and is more common in people with darker skin tones.
Pores can also appear larger if your skin has suffered sun damage, which damages the collagen and elastic tissue that hold your skin together. Clogged pores can appear larger as well, because they are unable to close properly.
In any case, you can’t actually change the natural size of your pores. Instead, the best things you can do are practice mindful prevention, and learn about the various treatment options available to make your pores appear smaller. The best pore minimizer treatment entails a combination of all of these steps, tailored to your specific needs.
Your Treatment Options
Many people try to treat large pores with chemical products such as retinol, which increases cell turnover and unclogs the pores. However, the effects of these products are temporary and the chemicals are likely to irritate sensitive skin.
An extreme solution is laser therapy. The results are permanent, so in a sense this is the best treatment for large pores. But it can be incredibly expensive, costing thousands of dollars, and many health insurance plans do not cover it. It’s also not terribly fun to have a giant medical laser firing at your head.
Traditional home facials try to reduce the appearance of pore size with various home ingredients, including egg whites, honey, avocado, oatmeal, and bananas. While the effects are not permanent, they’re much less likely to irritate your skin than chemical products, and they’re less expensive.
Best Practices for Minimizing Pores
Let’s look at some daily habits that can unclog your pores and help your skin to be as healthy as possible:
Cleanse your skin morning and night to remove dirt and oil that can clog your pores. You can use water or a gentle cleanser such as our moisturizing Calm Facial Bar. Follow up with cold water at the end to close your pores again.
It’s also important to cleanse before and after working out, so that your body can expel toxins and not reabsorb them again afterwards. Regular, gentle cleansing is an essential part of the overall best pore minimizer treatment.
Choose Non-Comedogenic Products
When choosing moisturizers and makeup, look for products labeled “non-comedogenic,” meaning they don’t clog the pores. Although this is no guarantee, the chances are they may contain ingredients that are less likely to clog pores. This term, however, can be very misleading. It pays to know your ingredients! Avoid petroleum- and mineral oil-based products as these are some of the worst for achieving tight, clear skin.
Use Sun Protection
Sun damage harms the collagen and elastic tissue that hold your skin together, making skin saggier and pores more prominent. You can prevent this entirely by protecting your skin with clothing or a hat, outdoor shade, and a low-irritant sunblock. When it comes to sun damage, the best treatment for large pores is prevention. That tan isn’t worth it, especially when you look up close.
Include Collagen in Your Diet
- Collagen is what holds your bones and skin together. You can replenish the collagen in your body by eating foods that help you produce this all-important substance. This is especially relevant if you’re over 35, because collagen production declines with age. The good news is that this part of the best pore minimizer treatment is not just healthy but delicious! Include some of these foods in your diet:
- Bone broth contains collagen, which goes straight to helping your body produce its own, and gelatin, which helps heal your digestive tract and reduces aging-related inflammation. Try for grass fed beef and free range organic on chicken, and homemade is always the healthiest!
- Dark leafy greens and berries contain antioxidants that help protect existing collagen from breaking down due to free radicals.
- Red fruits and veggies such as tomatoes, bell peppers, and beets contain lycopene, which boosts collagen production.
- Orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A that helps heal collagen that’s been damaged.Garlic contains lipoic acid, taurine, and sulfur, all of which support collagen formation and natural healing. Turmeric is also your friend!
- Finally, fish and other foods that are high in omega-3 plump the skin cells and protect skin membranes from damage.
Your Daily Skin Care Routine
The best pore minimizer treatment in your everyday routine is to cleanse, use an astringent (this tightens the pores), and then apply a light moisturizer for hydration. When choosing an astringent, witch hazel is by far the best ingredient to choose. Make sure you check the label and ensure that it does not contain alcohol, which is very drying for the skin.
We’ve already talked about daily cleansing with water and/or soap, but every second day or twice a week you can replace your cleanse with a gentle exfoliating mask or peel to really cleanse deep into your pores and help their appearance shrink naturally. You can do this with a homemade recipe using ingredients from your kitchen, but the best product for gently exfoliating without harsh ingredients is our Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash with Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
After leaving the peel or mask on for around 10 minutes (or 2 to 3 minutes for our foam facial wash), gently wipe it off with a moist cotton ball, apply an astringent like witch hazel, and moisturize. Remember to protect your skin from the sun after exfoliating, as it will be exceptionally sensitive.
DIY Recipes for the Best Pore Minimizer Treatment
The cheapest and easiest way to cleanse and close your pores is by steaming your face. Boil a pot of water, then take it off the stove and hover your face above the steam for 5 minutes with a towel over your head to keep the steam in. Follow up with a natural exfoliating mask.
Carrot and Clay Mask
Livestrong.com provides this recipe for a carrot-and-clay mask as a best pore minimizer treatment:
- Mix ¼ cup carrot juice with ¼ cup natural clay.
- Apply to your face, except for the under-eye area, and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
Kristin Collins Jackson from Bustle.com recommends the following face mask as part of her own best pore minimizer treatment:
This combination is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and is definitely a best treatment for large pores.
- Combine ½ cup unflavored, unsweetened oatmeal, 1 tsp. nutmeg, and 2 tbsp. garlic oil. (If you’ve made your own, allow to cool before mixing).
- Apply for 8 to 10 minutes.
Steer clear of harsh exfoliants like sugar, seeds and beads for sensitive skin. These exfoliants can rip and tear at sensitive facial skin. Sometimes something soothing like a coat of aloe, especially right out of the refrigerator is great to minimize pores and tighten the skin in a gentle way. With these best pore minimizer treatment ideas, your skin is sure to be cleaner, healthier, and have tighter-looking pores!