Post # 1
What the title says. I have huge, noticable pores and it bugs me. I’m looking for reccomendations on products that will help minimize/shrink them visually. Can be cream, mask, foundation, whatever, as long as it’s not super crazy expensive (would like to keep under $25 ish!). Also, I have normal-to-slightly dry skin with a super light complexion, if that makes a difference.
Thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 3
This won’t happen over night. You need to be on a very strict regiment of making sure your pores don’t get any dirt trapped in them, (that’s what makes them large). Take off your makeup every night. Use toner, (with alcohol), once a day. Exfoliate your face every other day. I also like to use Clinique’s pore minimizing serum once a day. And if you have the funds, I would look into getting a facial with extraction to sort of kick off this regiment.
Post # 4
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I agree with Meowkers!
A good face primer is really good to wear under your foundation, it gives the appearance of smoother skin. I’ve been in the special effects makeup industry and I’ve found that you can use Monistat Chafing Gel. It has the same ingredients as the high end makeup brands. It sounds iffy, but it works. I use it under foundations all the time.
Post # 5
I just started using the ELF mineral primer and I really like it. Mostly I have the largest pores on my nose. I will admit I am not the best about taking all of my makeup off every night, so I will work on doing that religiously. Also will pick up a toner and a good exfoliating scrub and report back after a week or so. Thanks 🙂
Post # 6
I use Dr Brandt’s pores no more line – the cleanswer alone works fabulous!
Post # 7
Estee Lauder – pore minimizer…also excellent 🙂
Post # 8
Queen Helene mint julep mask
Post # 9
I feel your pain. I too have large pores. When my adorable daughter was 6 she lovingly told me my skin looked like an orange. Aww how cute. OUCH! LOL
I use Too Faced Primed and Poreless under my make up. I swear it works wonders.
Post # 10
I struggle with large pores (except my skin is always very oily), I know how you feel! Sorry if I’m no help, I just can’t find anything that works for me yet.
How about homemade pore strips? Check out Michelle Phan’s video about this on YouTube; she recommends to do this every 3 days and it should make a difference.
I agree with the other Bees about foundation primer–my older sisters swears by Smashbox’s green primer.
Post # 11
I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. Enlarged pores can have any number of causes and a dermatologist will be able to pin point where the problem is and recommend a skincare regime that actually has a chance of being effective. They will also be able to tell you which products you should avoid, as a lot of products that claim to shrink pores have lots of harsh chemicals that work wonders in the short term but will make you break out after a couple of months, or dry your skin and stress it too much.
Post # 12
@Leland: I was JUST gonna say this! That masque is a $2.00 miracle.
I have super big pores but people always tell me how lucky I am to have tiny pores. I use Benefit’s Porefessional and swear by the stuff. My pores are a secret between me and my mirror. 🙂 I want to try Too Faced Primed and Poreless though. @luvmyDwight:
Is it really thick? Also, does it control oil at all?
Post # 13
I’m totally subscribing to this thread. Nothing has worked for me on this particular problem, including regular exfoliation, the Estee Lauder and the Dr. Brandt’s (mini rant: Estee Lauder works MIRACLES on 95% of my friends, I will never understand why I don’t get the same results!). I prime religiously – but with Smashbox, not TooFaced, so I’ll definitely try that one when mine runs out.
As for masks, I recently heard that Mario Badescu’s Temporary Lifting Mask is a good one for large pores but I haven’t tried it yet (I’m a MB junkie, this may be the one product of theirs I haven’t used, figures). But I think I’ll check out the Mint Julep mask first!
Post # 14
@luvmyDwight: Ditto the Too Faced Primed & Proeless… it helps cover the pore problems I have and comes off easily when I’m de-gunking my face at night.
I use my Clarisonic pretty religiously and it’s helping keep my pores cleaner than they were in the past, but it doesn’t do anything to shrink the appearance of them. It’s not so much gunk that’s blocking them now, it’s that they’ve been enlarged for SO LONG (17 years!) that they don’t just close up all nice and tidy. They kind of pucker. Boo.
The last time I got a facial, the esthetician recommended a series of chemical peels, which I really can’t afford right now. I’m trying at-home peels in the meantime – Philosophy has a nice one for $40, and Sephora will generally give you samples of those things so you can try a few.
Post # 15
Ladies, I bought the Too Faced last week. It is the greatest thing known to mankind. Or at least, the greatest product available at Sephora. Thank you!