To minimise the appearance of pores and refine the texture of your skin see my notes below.
Cleanse ✔️Cleanse twice daily, with a double cleanse at night to keep your skin clean. This will prevent your pores from being stretched out from a build up of oil, dirt, makeup and dead skin cells. look for products that contain salicylic acid (an oil soluble acid) to penetrate deep into the pores to liquify and decongest build up.
Exfoliate✔️Exfoliating on a regular basis will give the appearance of smaller pores by decongesting the buildup of dead skin cells and excess oil.
Use a Retinol serum ✔️As we age the loss of collagen and elastin can cause the structure and shape of our pores to sag and collapse. Incorporate a refining retinol serum to promote collagen, redensify the pore walls and restore their round shape.
Protect your skin from the sun ✔️Sun exposure also breaks down precious collagen and elastin, resulting in larger pores and coarse skin texture so apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF each and every morning.
Moisturise ✔️Keep your skin supple and hydrated by applying a water based moisturiser with hyaluronic acid to prevent your skin from dehydrating and producing excessive oil to compensate. It will also plump up the epidermis, helping to camouflage large pores.
Mask ✔️Try a face mask with clay or charcoal to draw out excess oil and impurities, and decongest your pores. Don’t squeeze ❌Squeezing blemishes and blackheads will only result in inflammation, micro trauma and infection. This will result in larger pores and even scarring. Instead opt for a spot treatment with salicylic acid.
Laser ✔️A gentle series of laser treatments will plump the skin and shrink the appearance of pores by building collagen. For those with very large or acne scarring, scarring, a resurfacing laser may be more appropriate.
For a quick fix ✔️Try using a primer to camouflage the pores. I don’t recommend using a primer every day, as these products can often congest the pores. Save it for special occasions.