Chances are, as long as you live in the tropics, large pores are going to be one of your top skincare concerns. While topical products cannot shrink your pore size, they can help clear out congestion, thereby reducing the appearance of them. Here are the indispensable products to use to keep pores clean and clear.
Shu Uemura POREfinist² Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil, $115
Enough has been said about the cleansing prowess of Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils. And if you’re concerned with congestion-prone skin, this is your best bet, thanks to its lightweight texture. Formulated with Japanese Sakura Duo Complexion, this cleansing oil contains the smallest oil molecules (of the brand’s impressive stable of cleansing oils) that reach deep into pores to melt away all traces of makeup while clearing out debris that can clog up pores. Over time, it helps to refine skin texture and regulate sebum production.|
Mamonde AC Balance Mild Foam, $14
Ideal for combination-oily skin that’s prone to congestion, this cleansing foam contains salicylic acid which penetrates existing oil plugs in pores to clear out accumulated impurities. Thanks to its gel-like texture, it leaves skin feeling refreshed without stripping it of essential moistures. A host of hydrating and calming botanical actives are also added to help soothe skin.|
Caolion Magic Black Powder Sparkling Wash Powder, $45
Twice a day, dispense half a teaspoon of this cleansing powder on dry hands, add water and work into a lather. Once the powder comes in contact with water, its key ingredient, graphene, is instantly activated to give skin a thorough cleanse as it eliminates dead skin cells and draws out impurities that make pores appear visible to reveal a clearer, smoother complexion.
Laneige Mini Pore Heating & Clean Duo, $30
Targeting at eliminating pesky blackheads, this 2-step kit consists of a Heating Gel and a Cacao Walnut Clay. After cleansing and patting dry your skin, apply the Heating Gel onto areas of concern to soften comedones and melt excessive sebum with pores, prepping it for easily removal. Then apply the Cacao Walnut Clay and let the kaolin-based mask absorb the melted sebum. This deep-cleansing kit is also enriched with soothing and hydrating ingredients to replenish moisture so your skin doesn’t feel dry or tight. Follow with an astringent toner and moisturiser for optimal results.|
Formulated with a blend of anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturising ingredients like salicylic acid, rosemary leaf extract, algae extract and glycerin, this weightless serum penetrates deep into pores to clear out accumulated impurities like dirt, dead skin cells and excess sebum. Its oil-free formula also means it is ideal for those with combination-oily skin that’s prone to breaking out.
Skin Inc Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask, $178
Complexions plagued with congested pores are more prone to dullness as the oxidation of comedones can make skin look dull and lackluster. Give your skin a renewed radiance with this brightening mask. Rich in vitamin C, this creamy mask contains botanical ingredients that regulate melanin synthesis, accelerate cellular turnover as well as draw out impurities from pores. All you have to do is apply a thin layer over clean and dry skin before rinsing it with tepid water after 10 minutes for visibly radiant skin.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $47
One of the brand’s all-time best-sellers, this deep-cleansing power is a heaven-sent to purify combination-oily skin. Recommended to be used once or twice a week, apply a thin layer on cleansed skin for 10 minutes and avoid the eye and lip area. It contains Amazonian White Clay, which detoxifies skin by drawing out impurities, excess sebum and dead skin cells from pores. Aloe vera is also added to soothe and hydrate so skin still feels supple.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $89
With a texture unlike no other, this oil-free primer has a lightweight texture that glides onto skin for a velvety finish without clogging pores. Thanks to its water-repellent formula, makeup looks and stay fresh all day long while skin imperfections like redness, pores and fine lines are minimised for a flawless base. It also contains titanium and zinc oxides for an SPF protection against damaging UV rays. Apply a thin layer onto moisturised skin before layering on foundation (it works with cream, powder of liquid foundations) or concealer for fail-proof all-day wear.
NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer, $66
Oil-absorbing and soft-focus powders means this silky primer instantly refines the appearance of pores while controlling shine to prolong makeup wear. Plus, it also goes on step further as it also contains African Whitewood and Oleanolic Acid combined with peptides to restore skin’s moisture-sebum balance. It is also formulated sans oil, parabens, alcohol, synthetic fragrances and is dermatologist tested to be non-comedogenic so you can rest assured you won’t be clogging your pores further while using this.