When skin produces too much oil it mixes with dead skin in the pore, forming a clog that causes it to enlarge.
If the oil becomes trapped by dead skin, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead.
Although you can’t really make the pore smaller, the right products and routine will help minimize the appearance of the pore and help you have a smooth, clear complexion.

Enlarged pores can be frustrating, not only from an aesthetic point of view but you may feel like you've tried everything to minimize the appearance only to find it doesn’t seem to help at all.

Using the right products consistently can help with these issues, but you need to know exactly what works and what doesn't.

What Causes Enlarged Pores?

When your oil glands make too much oil, excess oil mixes with other substances (such as dead skin) in the pore, causing a clog. This clog makes it difficult for the oil to flow freely, which causes the pore to enlarge.
Even though the pore enlarges to provide extra room for the oil to flow out, the oil still can become confined by dead skin and the oil and dead skin at the end of the clogged pore is exposed to the air, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead.

Avoid Bar Soap

The ingredients that keep bar soap it in its solid form can clog pores. You should also avoid products that are thick or greasy —especially if you have oily skin.
Use gentle, water-soluble cleansers and avoid products with drying, harsh ingredients as these can make oiliness worse.

Avoid Scrubbing

The harshness of scrubbing the skin makes skin dry and flaky, creating more dead skin that can block pores.

Wash off Makeup before Bed

It’s been said over and over - Never go to bed without washing off your makeup but neglecting to remove all your makeup can make clogged pores worse.


This step is huge. Exfoliating on a regular basis will make your pores appear smaller. If you're routinely removing the dead skin cells that clog your pores, your pores won't stretch out and look larger.
You can use a clean washcloth with your daily cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin.

If you’re looking for a deeper exfoliation, invest in a Cleansing Brush. It uses a massaging motion to gently remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin clean and soft.

It’s important to not go overboard with exfoliation.

Sometimes, using a gentler product more regularly is better than a stronger product.

Absorb Excess Oil

Clay masks are great for helping to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores due to their oil-absorbing properties. Use a clay mask once or twice a week for noticeable benefits to the look of your pores.

Don't Pick

When your pores are clogged, fight the urge to squeeze and pick.
When you pick or pull your skin so roughly, you can cause serious damage to your pores that can leave them permanently enlarged or scarred.
You also add dirt and oil from your fingers to the pore, which leads to more breakouts.

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