In my last post, Can pores can open and close?, I debunked the all-too-famous skin myth about the pores on your face, and also mentioned that there are only 2 ways to actually reduce large pores.
And, well… here they are!
If you are worried about large pores, here’s 2 things you must know. One is somewhat “permanent”, and the other is probably the only makeup trick known to cover them.
The Real Secret Behind How to Reduce Large Pores
Firstly, think of your pores as “V” shaped; with the widest part being the visible surface of your pores. And so, the only way to truly minimize pores is to “scrap down” this “V” shape, so the pore will become a smaller v, making it appear smaller.
And how do you do that? Exfoliation!
Case in point: I have a friend in her mid 40s who is a skincare freak. If you look at her skin, it looks as smooth as a baby’s bottom – I have to squint to try to find some pores on her face. She told me that she’s spent the last 20 years working on her skin with dermatologists, which have included daily usage of retinol and regular chemical exfoliation and peels.
And so, after so many years of intense exfoliation, she has “new” skin, so to speak. (And it wasn’t cheap!)
However, I feel that’s a little extreme. I don’t believe you need to go through all that treatment just to achieve the appearance of smaller pores, because there’s a makeup trick that’s so much faster, easier, and cheaper.
And that is the 2nd “known” thing to minimize pores: Pore minimizing balms.
Pore minimizing balms are basically harmless silicones that fill in your pores temporarily, creating a smooth surface for your foundation to go over. I personally love Benefit’s POREfessional, which I was introduced to 2 years ago when I did an event with them. It’s a great makeup investment. I’ve recommend it to tons of friends – my mom is a huge fan as well – and they all come back saying it’s amazing. Many other brands make pore minimizing balms if you find Benefit’s one is too pricey, so have a look around.
Pore minimizing balms are a quick fix, it’s much more affordable, and they really do the trick in minizming the appearance of large pores. If your pores are really so bad that you think it needs professional help, then by all means visit a dermatologist. But they are very manageable with the help of pore minimizing balms.
You may also be interested in my other post, Worried About Large Pores? Here’s 3 Things You Must Avoid.