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Large, visible pores are the stuff skincare nightmares are made of!


If you’re wondering how to minimize pores and stop yours from looking so big, read on because we’re covering the best ingredients and skincare products to keep pores as clean, tight and small as possible.  



So, first things first it’s important to know that the pores do NOT expand and contract – they are not a muscle.

This means that it’s not actually possible to shrink them. What causes pores to look large in the first place is oil, so it makes sense that in order to keep your pores looking their smallest you need to first get a handle on managing your skin’s oil levels.  



Step away from the tweezers!! Attacking pores with your fingers (or worse) can damage them, causing them to look larger than they really are. If you really succeed, you may even permanently damage them.

Uh oh… Instead, opt for ingredients that help clear the pores out, keeping them looking smooth, fresh, clean and – you guessed it – smaller!    



Some of our favourite ingredients for pore clearing include:

Charcoal Powder, which binds to dirt and helps pull it out of your pores, making them less visible.

Volcanic Ash, which acts as a suction, vacuuming impurities from the skin to keep it smooth, fresh and clean.

Kaolin, which controls sebum and reinforces firmness.

Bentonite, which is a clay-like ingredient that works to absorb oil and other impurities from the skin.

Taean mud, which contains natural minerals and is well known for its effectiveness for moisturising the skin and removing  micro dust.  


If you’re looking to make a routine around unclogging your pores, try this pore-cleansing combination:

Step 1 Oil Cleanse

B-LAB I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Natural Cleansing Oil is a cruelty-free cleanser that contains 4 types of organic oils to remove sunscreen and makeup before you start your routine.

Step 2 Foam Cleanse

JJ Young by Caolion Lab Black Cleansing Stick is a pH balanced cleansing and exfoliating black stick that works to remove blackheads without causing irritation.

Step 3 Tone

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner is an alcohol-free toner that assists in managing dead skin and blackheads while also calming irritated and stressed skin.

Step 4 Essence

Tosowoong Green Tea Essence is a skin soothing and calming essence that will boost the skin while treating pore problems.

Step 5 Mask

JJ Young Charcoal Sheet Mask is not your regular sheet mask! The unique 3D pore tightening mask dries to firmly fit your exact face shape. Peel it off to remove sebum and impurities and deeply cleanse your pores. It’ll leave your face visibly firmer, smoother and more hydrated.

Step 6 Serum

Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum is perfect for oily skin. It helps to manage all the key concerns for breakouts, dullness, complexion boosting and more!

Step 7 Moisturiser

JJ Young Pore Perfecting Multi Cream is a moisturising cream with a lightweight formula that instantly calm irritated skin and minimises any redness without clogging the pores.

Step 8 Sleeping Mask

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, finish your nightly routine with a nutritious sleeping mask. JJ Young by Caolion Lab Pore Goodnight Mask moisturises, nourishes and brightens while you sleep but won’t leave you or your sheets sticky.


Want even more tips for unclogging pores? Check out our previous post here.


Do you have tips for minimizing pores and making pores less visible that we haven’t covered? Drop them in the comments!


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