Enlarged pores are the consequence of exposure to the elements, pollutants and cosmetics, along with the unavoidable process of aging. In spite of their commonality, enlarged pores can make your skin look aged and dull. While it is impossible to permanently reduce the size of pores, there are several products on the market that can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Regular use of the best products for enlarged pores can help maintain the skin's youthful radiance.
The best cleansers for enlarged pores are oil-free, gentle and designed specifically to minimize pore size. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor at New York University Medical Center, recommends a product from Dr. Jeffrey Dover's Skin Effects line called the Acne Cleansing Daily Mask and Peter Thomas Roth's Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash as the two best cleansers for pore-enlarged skin. Although Dr. Grover's product is a mask, it can also be used on a daily basis as a cleanser. Cleanse your face twice a day, once in the morning and once again in the evening, for the best results in reducing pore size.
The next step after cleansing is moisturizing your skin. The best moisturizers for large pores should contain complementary ingredients to the cleanser you are using; it should also be oil free. Docshop.com recommends selecting products that contain retinol and vitamin C, as these two ingredients will "help the skin increase collagen and elastin production," which will keep your skin looking toned and firm. Graf named Olay Anti-Wrinkle Daily SPF 15 Lotion and Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 as excellent moisturizing products to reduce the appearance of large pores. Moisturize your skin twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, for optimal results.
Because the sun can wreak so much damage on the skin, Skin Effects creator, Dr. Jeffrey Dover, states "sunscreen is a must." He warns people not to ever skip it. His warning is echoed by Graf as well, who states constant sun exposure will result in pores that will "begin to stretch and sag around the edges," which in turn makes them look bigger. In 2009, MSNBC.com named ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen Plus Primer SPF 30 as the best sunscreen. Graf recommended Olay Anti-Wrinkle Daily SPF 15 Lotion and Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 as the sunscreens of her choice if you are concerned about enlarged pores. Whatever your choice, wear it daily.
There are a number of peel and mask treatments available to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. According to Graf, Astara Skin Care Activated Sea Mineral Mask is one of the best masks, specifically because of its skin-firming benefits, as well as Joey New York Pure Pores Masque because of its ability to absorb excess oil. Further, in addition to the cleansing benefits peels offer, products such as L'Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise Renoviste Glycolic Peel Kit and MD Skin Care Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel also contain beta hydroxy acid and alpha hydroxy acid, which stimulates cell regeneration.
It does not reduce the size of pores, but makeup is an excellent product for camouflaging the appearance of enlarged pores. Docshop.com recommends applying a primer and a cream or cream-to-powder foundation, followed by a loose, translucent powder dusted all over your face to minimize pore size. A water-based, oil-free foundation such as Clinique's Pore Minimizer Makeup is a good choice.
Michelle Ernst has been writing since 2000. She published a critical essay in "Annual of the Association for Mormon Letters" in 2004. She also wrote two athletic grants that were funded on behalf of the Because We Care Foundation of Lehi, Utah. She holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Utah Valley University.