You probably already know that you can’t permanently shrink your pores. While that area of your face is genetically determined, there are tons of products that effectively minimize their appearance. How? Certain ingredients—like salicylic acid, alpha lipoic acid, and silicon—make pesky pores less noticeable by tightening, covering, and exfoliating. Click through our slideshow for the ones we swear by!
If you’re dealing with acne as well as clogged pores, Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask ($7) will do double duty. The drugstore staple uses benzoyl peroxide and kaolin clay to treat acne and penetrate pores. Simply smooth it on damp skin, leave for five minutes, and then rinse off to reveal smoother, clearer skin.
Hate how some silicone primers feel heavy? Dior’s Pore Minimizer ($42) has got all the pore refining goodness of silicones without that uncomfortable weight.
Not only does Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup ($27) provide an instantly poreless look, but it also contains ingredients from its Pore Refining Solutions line to smooth the look of your actual skin over time.
Add Benefit’s new The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine ($30) to your on-the-go makeup bag to touch up during the day. There’s a handy brush hidden in the bottom of the packaging!
If you’re still seeing pores after you’re done with all of your makeup, smooth a bit of CoverGirl’s TruMagic The Skin Perfector over the area. We particularly like it for the corners of the nose.
Algenist’s Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate ($75) is full of advanced ingredients like alguronic acid, which facilitates cell regeneration, and oligosaccharides to strengthen and tighten pore walls.
Too Faced has an entire line of products devoted to leaving your skin “Primed & Poreless,” but we favor their Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer ($30). It gives us a subtle, sun-kissed glow without settling into fine lines or pores.
After cleansing, wipe your face with a cotton pad soaked in Perricone MD’s Intensive Pore Minimizer ($55). It’s got a mix of salicylic and alpha lipoic acids to gently exfoliate, removing build up and excess oil that could contribute to clogged pores.
Sensitive skin? Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Gel ($45) is a gentlem lightweight formula with AHA’s to naturally encourage cell renewal and unclog pores.
If you’re not looking for acne-fighting ingredients in your pore minimizing products, try Lancôme’s Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector ($89). It has an exclusive molecule that penetrates through your skin, smoothing both wrinkles and the appearance of pores.
L’Oreal Paris’ Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher ($25) works in three ways to minimize the appearance of pores: instantly smoothing skin texture with silicones, micro-exfoliating with LHA for quick results, and strengthening pore walls over time.
Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner ($45) lives up to its name. Salicylic acid loosens blackheads while silicone dioxide absorbs excess oil and extracts dirt. Think of it as the chemical equivalent of your hi-tech Dyson vacuum.