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The 8 Best Skincare Products for Minimizing Pores

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If you struggle with large pores and blackheads like me, then you know how difficult it can be to find skincare products that actually work. With a plethora of products available, it’s hard to know which ones are legit. So, I’ve done the research and have gathered the best pore control products that customers swear by. Whether it’s a mask, cleanser or serum, these eight products will shrink pores, reduce blackheads and even keep excess oil at bay.

Glamglow Supermud Charcoal Mask

Glamglow’s Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask is a game-changer for anyone wanting to improve their skin. Made with activated charcoal and exfoliating acids, it clears pores, eliminates dead skin cells and leaves behind a healthy, clear complexion. Not to mention, the mask is vegan and free of parabens.

Promising review from Sephora: Heather says, “If you struggle with blackheads and clogged pores, then stop what you’re doing and go buy this product right now. I used this mask and have never seen my skin so clear with only one use.”

Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner

The Pore Clarifying Toner from Saturday Skin smooths skin’s texture while exfoliating and balancing complexions. Using 10% glycolic acid and a pore control complex including witch hazel, tea tree oil and red clover, the toner will minimize the appearance of pores after just a few weeks of use. Plus, it’s vegan and comes in recyclable packaging.

Promising review from Sephora: Evie says, “I’ve been using this on and off for a while, and it definitely helps with pores. Mine have been getting visibly smaller and less defined after applying daily, and my t-zone is much less oily.”

Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer

Another product working to minimize the appearance of pores is the Pore & Shine Control Primer from Nars. Paired with makeup or used by itself, the oil-free product keeps shine in check while blurring pores and other skin imperfections. It also mattifies skin throughout the day and absorbs oil for a more balanced complexion.

Promising review: Kendall says, “I have SUPER oily, porous and sensitive skin. This primer does exactly as the name states. I recommend this to all of my fellow oily ladies out there!”

Fresh Exfoliating Face Wash

Fresh’s Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash is an exfoliating scrub that targets skin impurities and dirt to reveal a brighter, pore-less complexion. Using real strawberries and smoothing sugar crystals, the cleanser locks in moisture, removes excess oil and refines skin. The exfoliating face wash is also free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates.

Promising review from Sephora: Skye says, “This is a holy grail product for me. It smells great, feels great and primes my skin perfectly for makeup. My skin has been looking fantastic since adding this to my routine.”

Clarins Pore Control Serum

The Pore Control Serum from Clarins is another skincare product that targets pores to produce softer, more radiant skin. Along with minimizing enlarged pores, the serum also gently exfoliates skin, smooths texture and regulates oil production. Not to mention, it’s paraben, sulfate and mineral oil free.

Promising review from Ulta: Nikki says, “This has excellent pore control! I have huge pores from sun damage, and this makes them look very minimized or even completely blurs some of them. Incredible product, I keep repurchasing!”

Caudalie Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser

Caudalie’s Vinopure Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser is great for most skin types and promotes a healthy-looking glow. Formulated to reduce the look of pores and blemishes, using the cleanser will soothe and firm skin. It can also reduce redness and shine! Plus, the cleanser is vegan and gluten-free.

Promising review from Sephora: Veronica says, “This cleanser lathers up nicely, smells great and definitely cleans up the face and pores without over drying it. I would purchase again.”

Drunk Elephant Babyfacial

Another skincare product you need in your routine is the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial from Drunk Elephant. It penetrates skin to improve clarity, texture and tone while exfoliating the pore lining and reducing dead skin build-up. Not to mention, it also targets the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review from Drunk Elephant: Scarlet says, “My face feels so amazing! I notice a difference in my pores every time I use it. They continue to get cleaner and smaller. I will definitely be keeping this in my cleansing routine!”

Tatcha Water Cream Moisturizer

Lastly, The Water Cream Oil-Free Pore Minimizing Moisturizer from Tatcha balances moisture, clarifies skin and improves radiance. Not only that, but it also tightens pores, refines texture and nourishes skin. Using Japanese nutrients and powerful botanicals, the anti-aging moisturizer will majorly improve your skin.

Promising review from Sephora: Jenna says, “I love this moisturizer! I needed one that wouldn’t be too greasy but would still moisturize my very dry nose, and this one did just that! It makes my skin so soft and doesn’t leave it feeling oily.”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which pore control products do you swear by? Sound off in the comments!

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.