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5 Skincare Tips to Help Minimize the Appearance of Pores

No need to feel alone—we all have them. Although it’s not possible to completely get rid of the pores on your face, you can still take actionable steps to help minimize their appearance. 

Step 1: Clean Out Your Pores

The first step to helping the appearance of pores is to use a gentle foaming cleanser to wash your face. It is important to choose a clarifying cleanser that has properties to help with clarifying your pores. Splash your skin with warm water and work the cleanser into a lather over your complexion in soft circular motions focusing on those areas where your pores appear, then rinse.

Step 2: Use A Clay Face Mask

A clay mask works by absorbing excess oil on your skin. As it absorbs the oil, it also helps remove dirt, debris, and makeup from your pores. If you have sensitive skin, try to find a non-drying formula. You want your pores cleansed, but you don’t want your mask to strip your skin of natural oils and moisture.

Simply smooth a light layer across your face, paying special attention to those areas with pores. Let it dry and then rinse off using a warm wet washcloth.

Step 3: Hydrating Face Serums

A hydrating serum with skin loving ingredients will help to hydrate and soften skin.

Niacinamide is an excellent ingredient to look for in your serum as it can help to balance and even your skin tone.  We recommend using a niacinamide serum in the morning or anytime during the day, while then using a resurfacing serum before bed.

Step 4: Moisturize With a Water Cream

It’s important to moisturize your skin to help hydrate and soften. When skin gets dry, it may clog pores. Look for a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (meaning that it won’t clog your pores). A great moisturizer to try is the Blemish Breakthrough Acne Calming Water Cream.

This lightweight moisturizer helps to treat and prevent new blemishes and calms skin for a clear, moisturized complexion.

Step 5: Prime Your Skin

We recommend starting with a pore blurring face primer as the first step, to help minimize the appearance of pores and give your skin a smooth surface for the next step of your makeup routine. A face primer may also help to smooth over pores helping them to look less noticeable. Try to look for primers that are specifically designed to help smooth the skin and minimize the appearance of pores.