The World’s Best Pore Minimizer in 2016 – with Reviews.
As a person who suffers from oily skin and large pores, I know what it’s like to try product after product to no avail. Having a nice complexion will bring about self-confidence, while a particularly spotty one can lower someone’s self-confidence. Everyone wants to look good and feel good, after all.
Which is why having large pores is seen as having problematic skin. Large pores can make your skin duller, create uneven skin tone, and even bring whiteheads, blackheads, and acne to the surface. There are many products out there that claim to help reduce the size of pores, but because of just how vast that market is, it is quite easy to fall prey to an unsatisfactory product.
It is important to remember that when it comes to problematic skin, the source is usually at the pores. How and where do we tackle problems? The answer is simple, by attacking the issue at its source. When pores are on the larger side that is where the skin problems start.
So, you should start by trying to shrink the pores and a good way to start is by using a pore minimizer.
What is Pore Minimizer?
Pore minimizer is a cosmetic tool used to diminish the appearance of pores on the face.
When pores become clogged with dirt and bacteria, they can appear much larger than they actually are. The appearance of large pores can certainly pry on someone’s self-esteem, but they should also be dealt with for the skin’s overall health.
If pores remain clogged and are not properly cleansed, then acne, blackheads, and other facial impurities can occur. Pore minimizers can also sometimes even out the skin tone as well. People often use pore minimizers, in addition to their normal facial routines, to treat clogged pores.
There are a wide variety of different types of pore minimizers available in stores. Pore minimizers can come in the form of moisturizing creams, exfoliating masks, facial scrubs, and gels.
Does It Work?
In addition to diminishing the appearance of pores, if used regularly, pore minimizers can be used as a powerful tool against acne.
If you find yourself having trouble ridding your face from impurities, a pore minimizing agent might be the right answer. Some pore minimizers even claim to be able to help with rosacea, sun damage, and some less serious skin rashes.
The Correct Way to Minimize Pores (Step-by-Step Guide)
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#STEP 01: SKIN CLEANSING
Cleanse thoroughly with the Deep Pore Cleansing product(s).
If you find yourself constantly struggling with enlarged pores, then it would be best if you used a deep pore cleanser as your standard daily cleanser. Go to your local beauty supply store and pick one out based on what ingredients your skin will need (more on that below).
You would use your deep pore cleanser just like a regular cleanser. Wash your face and rinse it off. Do this twice a day. This is to keep all types of bacteria and impurities off of your face, thus preventing your pores from being clogged
How to choose a deep pore cleanser?
A deep pore cleanser can come in any form a normal cleanser comes in (foam, scrub, gel, or cream). However, what separates a deep pore cleanser from a normal cleanser is that it is specifically designed to penetrate and deep clean your skin to unclog your pores.
Some of the ingredients that appear in some of the best pore minimizers are: zinc gluconate (which helps control sebum production), salicylic acid (helps clear pore-sealing debris), fruit acid (works to loosen pore-clogging dead skin cell plugs), and glycolic acid. Not all deep cleansing products will include all of these elements, but these are good things to keep an eye out for.
Glycolic acid may sound like a scary ingredient, but glycolic acid is actually in many beauty products currently on the market. Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and is derived from cane sugar. It has the smallest molecules in the group and is able to penetrate skin deeply , making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness, and other skin impurities.
Some extra ingredients that are more natural may include peppermint extract (which calms and soothes skin) or charcoal. Charcoal is an increasingly new popular ingredient in skin care because charcoal draws out impurities. You should base your deep pore cleanser search on what ingredients you think your skin might need,
Deep pore cleansers are especially important for people who seem to always have large pores. As stated before, large pores can lead to an influx of impurities on the skin and that is why a deep pore cleanser should be a stable for those who have problem skin.
#STEP 02: FACIAL EXFOLIATION
Use exfoliator no more than a few times a week
Exfoliating helps with removing dead skin cells for a brighter, better looking complexion. It also pulls impurities out of pores and removes blackheads and whiteheads. So naturally, exfoliators are good for those with acne prone skin or for those who normally have problems with unruly pores.However, exfoliators always have some type of rough ingredient (so they usually come in a scrub form) in them in which to take off dead skin cells. It is normally suggested that exfoliators should be used no more than 1-3 times a week. I would suggest one time for those with sensitive skin and 2-3 times for those whose skin can handle it.
If you want a good exfoliating product, but also something a little less harsh, try a mud mask. Mud masks are very beneficial to skin because most of them use natural ingredients like clay or charcoal to draw out impurities. Some mud masks can even be used daily. Just check the product to make sure of that before using it daily.
#STEP 03: SKIN TONERS
Tone your skin
Toners are a wonderful addition to a face cleansing routine because toners are a product that gives multiple benefits. Toners can further cleanse your skin after you wash it. They also even out your skin tone and some can even brighten your skin (if you want a brightening toner, look for it specifically on the bottle). Most toners can even act as an astringent to further combat acne and other impurities. But the first (and arguably) most important thing a toner will do for your skin is maintain its PH balance. The skin is naturally acidic, normally with a pH balance of between five and six. After cleansing, due to the alkaline nature of soap, the pH balance of skin becomes unruly. When this happens your skin needs to work overtime to restore the balance (and that may result in oil), but using a toner helps to restore this balance quickly.
However, if you want your toner to act as an astringent, I would highly advise you to stay away from the toners that contain alcohol. This is because alcohol can often damage the skin and cause irritation and/or dry out your skin. Stick to natural astringents like witch hazel or find a brand that is alcohol free.
My personal favorite ingredient when looking for a good toner is rosewater. Rose is a more expensive ingredient, but it is very much worth the money. Rosewater smells pleasant, hydrates the skin, brightens the skin, and can also be used in the fight against acne. Rosewater can also energize and clarify the skin as well. If you want to add in an extra ingredient to boost your acne fighting regime, add honey to your rosewater toner. Honey is anti-bacterial and therefore fights all that grime on your skin. The honey can also brighten your skin even more. Just be sure to dilute the honey really well when you add it to the rosewater toner. You wouldn’t want a sticky face! Lavender is also another useful ingredient to add if you want to fight acne. But I would only suggest lavender if you have a lighter case of blemishes. Lavender will also have a pleasant scent.
#STEP 04: PORE MINIMIZING SERUM
Try a pore minimizing serum
Pore minimizing serum is a serum that can be applied under your moisturizer and will further you in your quest to minimize your enlarged pores. Most pore minimizing serums will help those with more mature skin, as a lot of them have anti-aging properties.
A serum will usually contain a few key ingredients to tackle specific tasks like brightening, dark spots, anti-aging, or wrinkles. Of course, those with enlarged pores will want a serum that fights this issue. Serums are oil-like in their consistency, which is why those with oily skin may be uneasy to try them. However, most will not clog your pores. Just read the bottle to be sure.
#STEP 05: APPLY SKIN MOISTURIZER
Always moisturize your skin
No matter what your skin type is, you should always moisturize your skin. Even if you have an oiler face type, once your face starts drying out from lack of moisture, your face could break out even more! Basically, dry skin can also lead to enlarged pores. If you have oily skin and are worried about making the condition worse, try searching for a moisturizer that is specifically for oily skin types. Though, for some, a normal to combination skin type moisturizer might do just as well. Everyone’s skin is different and it may be a trial and error process to see what works for you.
However, if you tried both of these types of moisturizers and still don’t seem to be getting any kind of results, you should probably consider other options: using retinol creams.
#STEP 06: USE RETINOL CREAM (as an alternative to moisturizer)
Retinol cream could very well be that other option. Retinol cream is a current product that is being raved by dermatologists as being beneficial for both young and mature skin. Retinol is a certain type of Vitamin A that tells the cell to behave better and at the same time it prevents free radicals from coming along and ruining the process. This is called cell-communicating. Retinol is a good antioxidant as well. Retinol is abundant in anti-aging properties for mature skin and for those getting into those mid-twenties, if started early with retinol can make for younger looking skin throughout the years!
Retinol also has acne fighting and pore minimizing properties as well, so it would only help those with enlarged pores. But you may be wondering, just how retinol cream is able to help minimize pores? Pores are nothing more than tiny openings on the skin. When your skin’s elastically is improved it makes your face plumper, smoother, and tighter. Pretty soon, the sagging of the skin may be completely eliminated. Skin that is high in elastic will eventually be able to push the pores inward, making them look much smaller.
Even more impressive, is that the follicular keratin cells that are a part of the pore lining which tends to become slow and build up, which stretches the pore wall open, thus making them appear to be larger, are no match for the retinol in anti-aging creams. Since retinol has the cell-communicating” ability, the retinol is able to tell the “lazy acting keratin cells” to behave normally. As a result, you will be able to see an overall improvement in pore function and gradually your enlarged pores will revert to a normal size.
#STEP 07: USE PORE MINIMIZER PRIMER (or BB CREAM/CONCEALER)
When you think of the word “primer,” you probably think of paint. Primer is used before paint goes on in order to smooth the paint out, ridding it of any lumps, bumps, or errors. Make-up primer works the same way as a paint primer. Make-up primer is put on the face before foundation is applied in order to make sure your foundation goes on as smooth as possible. Not only that but primer also makes your make-up last much longer throughout the day.
Make-up primers can be in either gel, powder, or cream form. Many makeup primers are formulated with silicone-based polymers like dimethicone because of their smoothing properties. But for those who struggle with cystic acne and other skin conditions, do a patch test first. Many women find primers to be especially useful around the eyes, where fine lines can become more noticable when makeup settles into the crevices, as well as in areas with enlarged pores. When you use a primer on areas that tend to be oily, like the eyelid, makeup tends to last much longer. If you are feeling self-conscious about waiting for the results of the anti-aging cream, putting on a pore minimizing primer under your makeup will not only make your pores appear smaller, but a pore minimizing primer will also make your makeup go on a lot smoother and look better overall. Certain primers even have an added bonus of being designed to further aid in the minimization of pores. For example, the popular make-up company e.l.f. has a special pore minimizing primer. With a good internet or store search, you could probably find many similar products.
BB creams are a relatively current beauty trend that has been seen all around stores and online. The “BB’s” stand for “beauty balm” and is actually a very accurate name for this product. They were first developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments. The all-in-one formulation became a sensation in South Korea and then spread throughout Asia before making its way to the United States.
The balms give the same amount of coverage as your typical tinted moisturizer, therefore beauty balms are much less heavy than a foundation or concealer, but they also have many additional benefits. Depending on the type and brand of beauty balm you choose to purchase, beauty balms actually have multiple uses. To name a few, beauty balms usually do several of the following things: minimize pores, clear skin, cover impurities, even out skin tone, hydrate skin, be used as a primer, has anti-aging properties, and be used as a sunscreen.
Based on the amount of coverage your skin needs when it comes to make-up, beauty balms can either be used as foundation (if you need less coverage), but if you need more coverage, it is highly recommended to put on beauty balm over foundation. If your skin is particularly oily, it might be a good idea to use a matte foundation and/or a matte pressed powder over foundation. This will keep your oil production at bay.
When purchasing a beauty balm, it is important to read the packaging (or website) very carefully in order for you to get a good idea if this is the product your skin needs. Educate yourself on each product and chose the one that is best suited to your needs.
Remember that what works for some may not work for others and don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t work on the first try.
It may take weeks for the results to be noticeable. If it doesn’t work after a while, there will always be something new to try.