Before you read on with enthusiasm, we're going to disappoint you a bit: significantly decreasing pore size is an unrealistic dream, because their shape is largely genetically determined (thank you parents). But don't despair, because there are solutions to tighten pores. A small difference that is important.

WHAT ARE PORES?


Although unsightly, pores are very useful: they let the skin breathe. Each pore contains a gland that produces sebum, which is why the pores in the "oilier areas" of your face (your nose, for example) are slightly larger.

The pores that nature has given you depend on your genes, as we said before. Your skin color and skin type play a major role, so large pores are more common on olive or dark complexions, and oily skin is more often affected.

Finally, your age is also important, so it's no coincidence that they are so visible during your younger years. The most conspicuous are the small black dots which contain impurities.

So how do you prevent their occurrence?


SOS CLOGGED PORES

Take dead skin cells and excess sebum, add the pollution problem to it, and you get completely clogged pores. Here are some tips to solve this problem step by step.

Cleanse and exfoliate regularly


Washing your face twice a day is not an unnecessary luxury. Before bed you get rid of the makeup and pollution of the day, and in the morning you wash off the sweat that you produced during the night.

Cleanformance multi-cleanser, Doctor Babor, $19.

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Moreover, it is advisable to exfoliate the skin at least once a week. This can take the form of a gentle scrub (avoid coarse-grained products) or an exfoliating lotion. The latter can be used daily to moisturize the face after cleansing.

exfoliating liquid
2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Paula's Choice, $34.
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Leave your face alone


This is one of the biggest causes of pimples, but also large pores. Keep your hands, phone, or other objects away from your face as much as possible (especially at this time). This will not give bacteria a chance and keep your face as clean as possible.

Protect your skin from the sun
Bis repetita: apply sunscreen! There are a thousand and one reasons to protect yourself from UV rays, and clogged pores are one of them. Excessive sun exposure will make your skin less firm (ouch), which will dilate your pores. Invest in a good (day cream with) sun protection.

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Oil Free Matte Day Cream SPF 30, Dermalogica, $60.

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Apply the right mask


Lazy Sunday mask is good, but not all formulas work as well. Here clay-based masks are the best option, as the clay removes excess sebum and purifies the pores.

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Urban Skin Detox Mask, Nivea, $9.99
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Try the chemical peel


To great ills, great remedies. If large pores are common in your area, go for a stronger treatment. Chemical peels can now be done at home, even if it is traditionally done in a beauty salon. Your face is subjected to a powerful exfoliation that removes the top (dead) layer of skin. Result? Smoother and more even skin.

CAMOUFLAGE OPTIONS


Now that your skin is perfectly cleansed, it's time to cover up your pores with a few smart tips.

Get off to a good start


An often overlooked step in make-up routines is applying a primer. If you compare your face to canvas, this is the base coat that provides a solid background. The primer reduces the shine of your skin (see point 2), ensures make-up hold and ... makes the pores less visible.

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The POREfessional balm, Benefit, $ 35.50.
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Avoid shiny makeup


OK with shimmering eyeshadow and gloss, but quit any foundation, powder and blush whose name contains the term "gloss" or "satin". Large pores and shiny makeup don't mix, because the latter brings out all imperfections. Opt for mattifying makeup that doesn't clog pores, especially on the nose and forehead (learn about the term "non-comedogenic").

dior foundation
Perfect Mousse zero pore effect foundation, Diorskin, $ 46.50
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Ride youth


If it's tempting to apply a thick coat of make-up to the problem areas, we assure you it will have the opposite effect. For a natural look, take a little foundation (you can always add more afterwards) and apply it carefully. Our advice? Use a sponge instead of a brush, and roll youthful!

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