Large pores are probably the bane of every girl’s existence. Because the harsh truth is, no matter many pieces of masks and strips you use to erase them, you can never actually change the shape of your pores. Thanks to aging and hormonal changes, they can even get wider and deeper. Before you fall into the abyss of despair, the good news is that there are things you can do to minimize their appearance and effectively shrink them back to their original, pre-stretched state.
Exfoliate twice a week.
Besides sebum, dead skin cells are what that clog up your pores as well, making them even bigger. “I would always advise my patients to exfoliate 2-3 times a week with scrubs and masks that contain glycolic and salicylic acids as these ingredients work great to clear out pores and tighten them. I love the Chái GOLD FLAKES Illuminating Scrub, which contains vitamins A, C and E to nourish your skin,” says Dr Michelle, aesthetic doctor at SW1 Clinic, one of the largest aesthetic centers in Singapore.
Be bffs with Retinol
Retinol works wonders in stimulating your skin’s natural collagen production while halting oil production. This process results in firmer pore walls, thus smaller pores. It also helps to increase the exfoliation of the skin to keep dead skin cells from clogging the pores,” shares Dr Michelle. If you are a newbie to the world of retinol, you can start with the Indeed Labs Retinol Reface™ Retinol Skin Resurfacer, which contains Retinol RA (rapid action). This translates to faster results and less risk of skin sensitivity.
Join the sunscreen cult
By now, you should be well aware of the importance of sunscreen and its role in preventing if not all then most of the skin issuses. “Another cause of enlarged pores is UV rays, which breaks down your skin’s collagen, leaving your skin stretchier and pores larger. Slather on a minimum of SPF 30 every single day before you apple makeup. I prefer lightweight formulas like the SW1 BEACH HAT UV-Protection Oil-Free Lotion, which gives a luminous sheer to the skin upon application,” says Dr Michelle.
Think of lasers as liposuction for smaller pores. Dr Michelle recommends less invasive methods like the Laser Peel, which uses gentle sprays of energy slough off dead skin cells to reveal fresher and smoother skin underneath. Most patients need roughly 6 sessions to see results and it can be as a standalone treatment or part of the Pore Perfection Program.
To cover large pores, always start with a skin primer before applying the foundation. The primer works to even out your skin tone and prevent foundation from seeping into your pores. “Look for one that has pore-minimising functions, like the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimising Primer. This oil-free, mattifying face primer instantly reduces the appearance of pores and can control sebum production for up to 8 hours to prevent clogging,” shares Dr Michelle.