3 Fool-Proof Ways To Make Your Pores Look Smaller

Your skin needs pores… but that doesn’t mean you need to see them.


Ali Finney |

By Ali Finney, photography by Freepik.com

Your skin needs pores… but that doesn’t mean you need to see them all the time.

Even though pores are small, they are surprisingly mighty. Yes, they help keep skin moisturised and healthy, but they have some annoying downsides: Their appearance makes or breaks foundation application, they can get clogged with oils and dirt, and many of us are just plain annoyed at their appearance. That’s probably why searches on “blackheads” trail only behind “acne” ones, according to a Google survey of skin care search trends.

So, let’s get some bad news out of the way first: You can’t really shrink pores, but you can make them less noticeable by exploring a range of tactics from peels and micro-needling to primers and foundations. With the help of makeup artist Jamie Greenberg, we came up with a list of solutions that address the problems behind big pores to help you fake it ‘till you make it.

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1. Microneedling

In office treatments such as micro-needling, a procedure that uses sterile needles to poke tiny holes in the skin, work to energise skin and help refine pores, and Greenberg likes to use it to help combat wide-open pores.

2. Primers

If you’re worried about pores, try using a primer, which will help to even out skin texture and ensure that makeup goes on silky and smooth.

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Try Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer, R89.95 at Dis-Chem

3. Powder foundation

Try a powder foundation, rather than a liquid, if you’re concerned about your pores. While these do tend to provide a sheerer coverage, they’re also buildable and can help to cope with excess oils.

powder-foundation

Try Black Opal Ultra Matte Foundation Powder Medium, R275 at Dis-Chem

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This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com

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