7 ways to actually make your pores look smaller

Smoother, more radiant skin is just a few steps away.

Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse
Yes, it’s as simple as this. When dirt gets clogged in your pores they expand and become larger. It’s as simple as that. Don’t forget to cleanse before going to bed so as to remove the dirt and grease accumulated over the day. If your skin isn’t sensitive you could try using a facial cleansing brush to dislodge the grime and build-up.
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Use ice to tighten up
While ice or cold water won’t shrink pores, applying either to your face after cleansing will tighten pores. This in turn will prevent them from getting clogged. Ice visibly reduces the appearance of pores, as well as inflammation or puffiness, making your skin look smoother. The cooling effect causes your skin to constrict, so your pores look tighter and smaller.
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Apply a clay mask
A great way to shrink pores is to apply a clay mask. Apply the mask to spot treat those areas on your face with enlarged pores. Clay masks are used to detoxify pores as they draw out impurities like dirt and excess oils, helping control shine, while removing dead skin. There are different types of clay, and each is suitable for a particular skin type. So do your research.
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Baking soda to the rescue
Many swear by a baking soda mask to minimise the appearance of large pores as well as fight acne. A good exfoliator, baking soda helps remove impurities and its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the reoccurrence of acne and in balancing the pH level of the skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water to make a paste. Massage the paste into your pores in a circular motion for about 30 seconds. Rinse off with cold water. Those with sensitive skin might want to give this a pass.
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Egg white mask for tighter pores
Another home remedy to try is an egg white, oatmeal and lemon juice mask. The egg white helps to tighten and tone the skin, shrinking enlarged pores, while the oatmeal absorbs excess oil, and the lemon juice has natural enzymes that tighten and brighten the skin. Mix 1 egg white with 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to make an even paste. Apply the paste on your face and wash off with cold water after 20 minutes.
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Hide the pores with primer
When it comes to camouflaging your pores, makeup primer is your best friend. Primers that are silicon-based fill in enlarged pores, along with fine lines and small scars. This gives you a smoother finish and an even base for your foundation. However, silicon-based primers can also be comedogenic, so those with sensitive skin should steer clear of them. Those with dry or sensitive skin can opt for water-based primers.
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Blot away the oil
Remove the surface oil from your skin with some oil-controlling blotting paper. Oily skin is shiny, which in effect will highlight your pores and make them look a lot bigger than they are. So keep these blotting papers handy.
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