by ZOE FOSTER
Zoe, how do I get rid of my big pores? No matter what I do, they seem to look huge after a few hours after applying my makeup!
Karen, first, let me reveal a terrible truth: you cannot get rid of your big pores, or change their size. What you CAN do, though, is ride bikes and eat ice cream, so it all evens out.
Sorry, that was a truly pore response. I can do better. (Zzzzing!)
Karen, while you can’t change your pore size (it’s genetic) or stop them producing more oil than necessary, or creating pimples or blackheads, you can certainly minimise their appearance and sheen, by using a skilful artillery of pore-minimising products, designed by clever people who understand that while bigger, oilier pores generally mean your skin will age slower and wrinkle less (WIN!), it’s frustrating having them glaring out from your skin every day (um, lose…)
– Cleanse. Properly. The key to keeping pores in check is making sure they’re clean. The dirtier they are, the more visible they are. Use something gentle, so as to thoroughly clean but not to overstimulate
– Exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week. Too much can aggravate the pores and make them produce more oil. Cute! Something with light amounts of AHAs or salicylic acid is good, (although can be drying – see what suits your skin best), or a gentle cleanser/scrub combo might be the way to go. Olay’s Deep Cleansing Pore Minimising Cleanser and Scrub at night is a good option.
– After cleansing, TONE. Definitely tone. So important. This “closes” the pore and tightens it without drying it out (and if it is drying it out, switch products). Lancôme Pure Focus is popular, as is Biore’s Triple Action Toner.
– Use a serum that is tailored to the business of pores (remember: always choose a serum that targets whatever your biggest and most pressing skin concern is… or you can layer a couple) – Clinique does a great one in their Pore Refining range