3 Tips To Shrink The Appearance Of Pores, From A Derm
Can your pores actually shrink? Well, not exactly. See, your pores don't truly change in size, but the buildup within each pore can make it appear larger on the surface.
So the best way to actually "minimize" pores is to work on cleaning them out so there's no gunk to exacerbate their appearance. To come, three products a dermatologist uses to do just that.
Use BHAs in the morning
He opts for the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and uses it every morning, which also includes niacinamide to help regulate oil production and prevent pore buildup in the future.
However, sensitive skin types may experience irritation when using BHAs daily, so feel free to space it out if your skin begins to look inflamed, red, or dry, or it starts to itch.
Use retinol 3 times a week
This cadence can work for many people, but similar to the step above, it may be sensitizing for some skin types. Just stick to a cadence that supports your goals and skin barrier.
In addition, anyone just starting to use retinol should ease into it or apply it between layers of moisturizer to buffer the impact while your skin adjusts—this will help avoid retinol-induced irritation, peeling, etc.
Try a weekly clay mask
Most people can tolerate this step once a week unless their skin is super dry or sensitive. In that case, they should try adding this step to their biweekly routine.
If you want your pores to appear smaller, you'll have to start cleaning them out. A dermatologist recommends one A+ routine, featuring BHA exfoliants, regular retinol use, and a weekly clay mask. If you're not sure how to space out these skin care products throughout the week, you may consider skin cycling—here's everything you need to know.
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including skin care, women’s health, mental health, sustainability, social media trends, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends and innovations, women’s health research, brain health news, and plenty more.