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How to Minimise the Appearance of Pores

Wondering how to minimise pores? You’ve come to the right place! While pores play an important role in helping our skin to breathe, it can be frustrating when they appear larger than we want.  

With a few new products and fresh skincare tips, we explain how to reduce pores on the face.

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What causes large pores? 

Before learning how to reduce pores on face, it’s helpful to understand what causes them to appear enlarged.  

  • Excess sebum 
  • Dead skin 
  • Excess sun exposure 
  • Decreased elasticity 
  • Clogged hair follicles 
  • Genetics 
  • Skin type 

When pores become clogged with makeup, impurities or oil, the blockage stretches the pore, causing it to appear larger.  

Your genetics typically determine how much oil your skin naturally produces. With the right products and skincare routine, you can help control oil production to prevent excess sebum from blocking pores. 

How to reduce pores on face 

While it isn’t possible to get rid of large pores altogether, you can reduce their appearance with some skincare and product changes. Here’s how to minimise the appearance of pores for a purified, refreshed look. 

Cleanse twice a day 

If you’re wondering how to unclog pores, washing your face morning and night is the best place to start. It helps to remove unwanted makeup, oil, and impurities that are clogging your pores and causing them to appear bigger. We recommend using a gel-based face wash to thoroughly cleanse the skin for a clear, supple base. 

Our Purifying Charcoal Gel Cleanser is infused with absorbent Bamboo Charcoal to remove excess oil and balance the skin, as well as Moringa, Coconut, Rooibos, and Willowherb Extracts to assist in keeping skin clean, clear and refreshed. 

Apply a small amount to moist hands and lather with water. Gently massage into the skin and rinse thoroughly with water for clean, happy pores.  

Exfoliate twice a week 

Adding an exfoliation step into your skincare routine can help to remove stubborn oils, dead skin cells and impurities that cleansing alone won’t wash away. 

Our Pore Refining Facial Scrub is our most gentle exfoliator that helps to refresh the skin and improve overall texture. With natural exfoliating beads from Jojoba and soothing ingredients like Willowherb and Coconut, skin is left feeling hydrated, smooth and clean. 

Use a clay mask 

On the days that you’re not exfoliating, try using a mask to help absorb oils and impurities to minimise the appearance of pores. 

Once or twice a week, apply our Balancing Facial Masque for a more nourished appearance. Pomegranate Extract assists in tightening pores, reducing shine and balancing the complexion, while Charcoal helps to absorb toxins and impurities for a purified finish. 

Apply SPF 

Increased sun exposure and harmful UV rays can dry out the skin, leading to enlarged pores. Using skincare products or sunscreen with SPF can help to keep skin protected from the sun for a more supple look. 

Apply a generous amount of our SPF30 Sheer Touch Sunscreen to a clean face 20 minutes before going outside. Zinc Oxide helps to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays, which helps to reduce the appearance of large pores. 

Stop touching your face 

If you’re not carrying out your skincare routine, your hands don’t need to be touching your face.  

The bacteria on your hands can transfer to your face and easily enter pores, worsening their appearance. Unless your hands are clean, keep them off your face! 

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first. 

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