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The 19 Best Pore Minimizers for Baby-Smooth Skin

From de-gunking pore strips to facials in a jar.

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If you ever stare into the abyss that is a magnified mirror, odds are you've had the horrifying thought, "Have my pores always been this big?" I would love nothing more than to magically erase my pores, but I'm sorry to tell you, that's just not possible. What is possible is to gradually shrink and minimize them, through a mixture of effective cleansing, exfoliating, and, yes, covering them. While sometimes enlarged pores are just genetic, if you've been skipping steps in your skincare routine, odds are, your pores are becoming more prominent. Clogged pores can lead to blackheads and acne, which is why it's important to stick to a routine that keeps your skin clean and soothed.

Here, find the 19 best more minimizing products on the market, from toners, masks, and blurring primers.

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Best For Every Skin Type
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
Best For A Budget
Peach Sake Pore Serum
Best For Shrinking Pores
Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner
Best For Dewy Skin
Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector
glossier
Best For Oily Skin
Effaclar Pore-Refining Serum with Glycolic Acid
Best For Fine Lines
Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum
renee rouleau
Best Exfoliating Wipes
Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel
Courtesy
Best For Sagging Skin
Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate
Kiehl's
Best For A Quick Fix
Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation SPF 15
Courtesy
Best For Even Skin
Facial Treatment Clear Lotion Toner
sk-ii
Best For Blackheads
Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
Best For Smooth Skin
Resurfacing Compound
Best For Dull Skin
Papaya Bright Face Mask
Courtesy
Best Oil-Control Strips
Pore Treatment Strips
Courtesy
Best For A Matte Finish
Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer
Best Pore Minimizing Mask
Rosé Resurfacing Facial Mask
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Best For A Deep Clean
AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Best Detox Mask
Charcoal Detox Mask
buttah
Best For Breakouts
DRx Blemish Solutions Acne Eliminating Gel
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Meet The Experts
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Dr. Howard Sobel, NYC dermatologist and founder of Sobel Skin

Dr. Karan Lal, certified dermatologist

What causes enlarged pores?

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"Pores are openings in the skin that are connected to sebaceous glands (oil producing glands) and hair follicles," says Dr. Lal. "They play a major role in helping things get in and out of your skin. Depending on how oily your skin is you may have more prominent pores than others." Depending on your skin type, your pores may appear enlarged. "Pores are larger in people who make more skin oils," says Dr. Lal. "Men tend to have larger pores than women. The central face including the nose have more prominent pores. Congestion from skin products, pollutants, excess oil all make pores appear bigger."

Is it possible to shrink your pores?

"While you can't completely shrink pores, you can minimize the appearance of your pores," explains Dr. Sobel. "Over time pores can be reduced in size," says Dr. Lal.

How can you minimize the appearance of pores?

"The first thing you can do is wash your face regularly," explains Dr. Lal. "This will help decongest your pores especially if you use a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Using a toner with witch hazel or niacinamide can also help cleanse your pores." For long-term solutions, a retinol can also help. "The best long term way to reduce pore size is by using a topical retinoid. Retinoids shrink your sebaceous glands and thereby reduce your pore size.

It's also important to consistently remove any makeup. "Removing makeup at the end of the day before washing your face is essential at preventing your pores from being clogged with oils and dirt," says Dr. Lal. "Gentle exfoliation will help remove excess oil from your pores as well. You must be consistent with your skincare."

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