How to Minimize Pores

Pore size is genetically determined. However, there are certain things you can do to minimize their appearance. In this article, 5-Minute Crafts gathered some skin tips that can help your pores appear smaller over time.

The information in this article is general. It’s recommended that you consult with a doctor or dermatologist if your skin doesn’t improve.

1. Wash your face twice a day.

Wash your face, morning and night, with lukewarm water using a gentle pH-balanced cleanser and pat the skin dry with a clean towel. This helps wash away excess oil from the skin surface and the pores, making them less apparent.

❌ Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the face, as this can lead to irritation.

2. Use a clay mask.

Using a kaolin clay mask once or twice per week can dissolve extra oil out of the pores so your skin can appear smoother.

Using a sheet mask and keeping it on for a long time may result in enlarging the pores instead, so try to avoid these.

3. Use active ingredients.

Look for active ingredients, such as salicylic acid, azelaic acid, or retinol, and slowly begin to incorporate them into your routine. These ingredients help to unclog the pores and keep them clear with consistent use.

Don’t overuse these ingredients though, as this can lead to irritation and redness.

4. Use a moisturizer daily.

Use a moisturizer every day formulated for your skin type to hydrate and soften the skin.

Look for fragrance-free and non-comedogenic products, as these tend to be better tolerated, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Even if you have oily skin, don’t be afraid to moisturize, and opt for lightweight oil-free products, like gels or lotions.

✅ Dry skin can benefit more from richer creams or ointments, as they are more moisturizing.

Not properly moisturizing can deplete the skin and dry it out, resulting in enlarged pores.

5. Wear sunscreen every day.

Always use sunscreen as the last step in your morning skin care routine to protect your skin from damaging UV rays from the sun.

Aim for SPF 30 or higher and broad-spectrum.

Reapply every 2 hours while you’re outdoors and after swimming or sweating.

Unprotected sun exposure contributes to premature aging and your pores becoming more visible.

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