How to minimise your pores once and for all

Skin have more pores than an orange peel? This advice may help.
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Ever seen a poreless-looking human and think, “I wish that were me!” Us too…

While we hate to admit it, no one will ever be poreless – no, not even Bella Hadid. Pores are an inevitable part of life BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t reduce their appearance. 

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Yes, that’s right. While you can’t make your pores disappear completely (or ‘tighten’ them for that matter), some skincare steps can minimise the appearance of them. Hint: it does not involve pore vacuums or at-home blackhead removal tools.

To help us in this seemingly mythical quest, we’ve enlisted the help of Samantha Harman, Skinstitut’s Dermal Therapist and Education Executive.

Our (not-so) poreless queen. (Credit: Instagram)

What causes enlarged pores?

There are several factors that can cause enlarged pores. The main ones are genetics, excessive oil production, the natural ageing process and sun damage.

Can you tighten, shrink, or reduce pores?

You can minimise the appearance of pores.

How does one reduce pore size or the appearance of pores?

Having a good skincare routine especially cleansing and exfoliating regularly, as well professional treatments can help minimise the appearance of pores. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and some laser and IPL treatments can be beneficial.

Professional treatments can be beneficial. (Credit: Getty)

NOTE: The blackheads on your nose may not be blackheads… Sebaceous filaments are the tube-like structures that line your pores and, when your skin produces more oil, become more visible.

For those dealing with pesky sebaceous filaments, what’s the best treatment option? Do extractions help?

The best treatments for sebaceous filaments are exfoliating treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and some laser treatments.

Extractions can be done, but I would suggest seeing a skincare professional to avoid damage being done to the skin if the extractions are not performed correctly. Extractions are not suitable for everyone.

 What ingredients should one look for when targeting pores?

Ingredients to look for include Glycolic acid (AHA) and Salicylic acid (BHA), which will help to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Retinol and retinoids will help reduce the appearance of open pores as well as unclog pores. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, it can help regulate oil production. Tea tree oil is also helpful as it’s anti-inflammatory and can reduce the appearance of pores. 

Samantha’s recommended pore-minimising products:

Skinstitut Glycolic 12% Cleanser (Credit: Skinstitut)

Skinstitut Glycolic 12% Cleanser, $52 at Adore Beauty


Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel (Credit: Skinstitut)

Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel, $56 at Adore Beauty


Skinstitut Retinol Serum (Credit: Skinstitut)

Skinstitut Retinol Serum, $59 at Adore Beauty



Skinstitut 10% Niacinamide Power Serum, $64 at Adore Beauty


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