Let’s face it (literally): many of us complain about large pores and how we need to shrink them. The best way to shrink pores is actually to prevent them from enlarging in the first place! There’s a common misconception that you can change the size of a pore. You can minimize the appearance of a pore, but once a pore is stretched, it will unfortunately not go back it’s previous size. In more bad news, much of our pore size is genetically determined.
6 Ways to Shrink Your Pores
So are we out of luck if we already have large pores? No! Changing the appearance of pore size is always beneficial when it comes to skin condition, smoothness, and complexion.
The gold standard in the dermatology world for improving pore size is Vitamin A derivatives. Prescriptions to rapidly exfoliate the skin and control oil can help minimize the appearance of pores, but be prepared for redness, peeling, and sun sensitivity. To avoid a pricey prescription, and the side effects that retinoids may cause, I’ve put together both a few tips on both preventing large pores and minimizing the appearance of them.
1. Stay out of the sun!
Sun damage will cause enlarged pores as it affects the collagen and elastin in the skin, thinning the area around pores and making them more visible.
2. Keep pores clean
Blackheads are the most common reason for large pores, so keep your skin as clean as possible to prevent them from forming. If you keep dirt, oil, and makeup out of your pores, you won’t give them a chance to stretch. Cleanse after exercising, in the morning and before bed.
3. Try a clay mask
Clay masks are a fantastic way to pull impurities out of the skin and unclog pores.
4. Or an egg mask
Egg white masks are a great way to tighten skin and shrink pores.
5. Exfoliate with alpha hydroxy acids
Glycoloic acids specifically have been proven to break down dead skin cells and slough off the outer layer, revealing fresh new skin on the surface.
6. Stop picking!
Trauma to pimples and pores from picking can cause pores to stretch and scar.
Keep all of these tips in mind and remember that pores always appear larger to ourselves than to anyone else!61