"How to get rid of large pores?" is a question I get often! Not necessarily with blackheads or blackheads, but many want to reduce enlarged pores even if you do not also have problems more blackheads.
There are various ways to reduce pores, both with skin care that can shrink large pores or remove blackheads on the nose. Or with make-up that evens out, e.g. a primer for large pores.
I myself have large pores due to oily skin, as well as both blackheads and pimples. Therefore, I have been experimenting with different solutions and products for over 15 years now! :) I am also used to holding make-up consultations with people with large pores even though they do not have oily skin type, I think it is important to separate these areas!
In this post, I thought I would sort out everything about enlarged pores, blackheads and how to reduce pores with both skin care and makeup.
What are pores?
My cheek in close-up :)
Visible pores vs enlarged pores
Visible pores and enlarged pores are two different things. It is important to mention in our digital world that is filled with filters and blurred skin. There are people who naturally have very smooth skin, but on the majority of us the pores are visible and that's perfectly normal!
The question "how to remove pores" therefore has (if you interpret the question literally) the sad answer that it is not possible. The pores will always be there and they are more or less visible!
So when I write large pores, I mean enlarged pores and enlarged pores can become for various reasons. So it's not about making the pores completely invisible, it's mission impossible for most of us.
But with that said, it is possible (as you see in this picture) to reduce pores very effectively! I do not have much enlarged pores, but with good base makeup they become incredibly much smaller in any case!
The pictures almost seem to be out of focus but they are just as sharp as the model :)
Why do you get big pores?
Many people believe that large pores only belong to pimples, blackheads and that type of skin type. That's not always true!
In fact, the majority of my clients who have large pores on their face are actually older people. Regardless of their skin type. This is because as you get older, the skin loses its elasticity, which causes the pores to "relax" and the result is then enlarged pores.
There are other reasons as well, enlarged pores can be due to very oily skin, that you have sunbathed a lot and thus got a thicker skin or simply genetically - that's what your skin looks like, you have large pores naturally quite simply.
What are blackheads and blackheads?
At each strand of hair there is a sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland produces a type of fat / oil / sebum, which comes out through an opening and it is the opening / hole called pores.
The oil that comes out of the pores is for lubricating and protecting the skin, as well as making it supple. So the oil is good! Without it, you get dry skin, in addition, it keeps the skin more elastic, which also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. I embrace my oily skin! Even though it poses a number of problems when it comes to bass makeup.
Blackheads are formed by an excess of sebum, in combination with dead skin cells and other goodies;)
These can become infected and then a pimple forms, but if it does not become infected, it will only be a blackhead.
Blackheads or light blackheads are really the same thing, except that a black blackhead has oxidized due to oxygen, that they have come into contact with air.
What is impure skin?
I also want to emphasize that when you casually talk about unclean skin (I try to stop using that term) you do not mean that the skin is actually unclean. Unclean skin is not at all about the skin not being clean. It has nothing to do with dirt at all!
Deep cleansing of impure skin is simply a cleansing that removes blackheads and dead skin cells :)
Reduce large pores with skin care
1. Oil-based facial cleanser
If your enlarged pores are due to oily skin, I really recommend an oil cleanser in your daily routine! Why? Fat dissolves fat :) I am very oily skin myself and skipping oil-based products is not at all the way to go, for my skin anyway.
Missha M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil (adlink) is great! I usually double-clean with this one. First, I wash off the makeup (including eye makeup) by massaging the oil on dry skin, rinsed with water. Then I dry my face and repeat the process again, so as not only to wash off the make-up but also to clean the skin.
Cream for large pores
There are different products that have an astringent effect on the skin, the most common are different types of gels and toner.
I personally have not found any such product that gives visible results on my pores, but maybe it is more effective for people who have enlarged pores because they have lost the elasticity of the skin? My large pores are rather due to oily skin.
Anyway, a well-reviewed and luxurious product for this Dr. Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Hydrator Gel (adlink) which is a moisturizing gel with a blackening effect. I personally do not get smaller pores from this, but it is well reviewed on Sephora, among other places, so I still want to mention it. Worth a try maybe?
Get rid of blackheads
But my very best skin care tip for large pores is to deep cleanse the skin once a week. The daily routine is important too, but I who have sensitive skin do not want to be too hard on the skin every day - I prefer deep cleansing every few days!
3. How to get rid of blackheads at home?
My favorite device is actually a facial sauna! There are specific facial saunas, e.g. Beurer Facial Sauna (adlink) but you can also boil water in a saucepan and then keep your head over. The heat opens the pores and the water vapor dissolves the oil and the blackheads.
Note - the purpose is to heat the skin for a longer time to open up the pores, not as hot as possible.
Rinsing the skin with very hot water or hot water vapor dries out the skin, so keep the skin so far away from the steam that it is warm enough, not hot.
4. Squeeze blackheads
When the skin is heated and the pores open, it is very easy to gently pull a pore clamp over the skin - then all the blackheads pop out of the pores! Like doing a door emptying at home you can say :)
I call such tools pore clamps or black mask clamps, but do not know if it is correct. Blackhead tool is called it in English anyway! Available in different shapes and I have tested a lot, but I think some type of loop is best, like this one for example: Tweezerman No Slip Skin Care Tool (adlink)
"You should not squeeze pimples" no I agree - but you do anyway… And then it is better to have a clean and gentle tool that you can disinfect after use, instead of squeezing with sharp nails :) So I think!
5. Face mask against pores
Cleansing the skin from dead skin cells and sebum gives a directly visible difference, the skin feels more even and smooth too!
The most gentle for the skin is to avoid manual exfoliation (with scrubbing grains and other things). Clay masks and peels with acid and / or enzymes ache by just lying on the skin, you do not need to scrub it.
Indy Beauty Clear Skin Mud Boosting Facial Mask (adlink) is incredibly good!
6. Exfoliate with acid / enzymes
Indy Beauty 3 in 1 Exfoliating Facial Mask (adlink) is one of my favorite exfoliations.
It can be strong for the skin to use both of these on the same day. I then recommend the clay mask on the days you deep clean with heat and pore clamps. Then the exfoliating mask is good every few days! :)
Reduce pores with makeup
7. Primer for large pores
My best trick is to use a face primer that fills the pores. One of my favorites is Lumene Blur Longwear Primer (adlink) which effectively smoothes the skin structure and the pores become much less visible immediately!
Foundation for large pores
Choosing a liquid or powder foundation is a bit of a matter of taste. But I still recommend not using a too heavy foundation, it can then "push down" the face primer deeper into the pores and make them look as deep as before. Sometimes you can then see how the makeup has accumulated in the pores, which highlights them even more.
A light gel foundation or mineral foundation I think works best! For example Pixi H2O Skintint (adlink) or glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base Foundation (adlink). It is the one from glo Skin Beauty I have used in these pictures.
But a lot also depends on the application! I highly recommend applying with gentle round / buffering movements. Do not press too hard - but still make sure that you get foundation properly around the entire pore. Otherwise, the foundation can form a ring around every single pore, which emphasizes the pores more.
9. Powder for large pores
There are also powders with a smoothing effect! I personally put more focus on smoothing primer and powder, rather than the foundation in between.
glo Skin Beauty Luminous Setting Powder (adlink) has such a "soft focus effect". When you read the product description, you might think that the formula is shimmery, but it contains such small and discreet luminous pigments that it does not become a glow effect but rather a more smoothing effect because the light-reflecting particles settle in irregularities and lighten the shadows (t .ex in pores and lines).
10. Other tips for large pores
Avoid products that are very shimmery / shiny if you want the pores to be visible as little as possible, as the shinyness can highlight irregularities.
Do not look too closely in the mirror, haha. Boring tip but worth mentioning - your large pores may not even be very large, but if you see your pores on the nose in really good light, they can be experienced as huge!
There are also more active products with acids and stuff but I usually be careful to recommend this over a blog post because I 1. am not a skin therapist and 2. do not know what skin type you are reading. So that there will be nothing crazy with such active products! But overall, it is the BHA you should choose if you want to buy an acid for blackheads, Niacinamide products are also good if you want to reduce pores.
Finishes with all make-up pictures one after the other, so you can see more clearly the result of my way of reducing large pores with make-up :)
Products for large pores and blackheads
Compilation of the above advertising links / adlinks:
- Oil cleaning: Missha M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil
- Cream for large pores: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Hydrator Gel
- Facial sauna: Beurer Facial Sauna
- Blackhead tool / blackhead clamp: Tweezerman No Slip Skin Care Tool
- Clay mask for pores: Indy Beauty Clear Skin Mud Boosting Facial Mask
- Exfoliating peels: Indy Beauty 3 in 1 Exfoliating Facial Mask
- Primer for pores: Lumene Blur Longwear Primer
- Gel Foundation: Pixi H2O Skintint
- Mineral Foundation: glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base Foundation
- Powder: glo Skin Beauty Luminous Setting Powder
Hope the tips have been helpful! Just email me at email@example.com if you have any questions! :)
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