Peace Out, Pores: 9 Ways To Minimize Those Pesky Spots

Nearly all women think they have large pores. We get a little bit of oil and all of a sudden, we have the biggest pores of anyone, ever. Although that is most likely not true, large pores and oil are still a major concern for women since they're associated with blackheads, blemishes, and excessive oiliness. It's no wonder there are entire skin-care lines and products specifically dedicated to the shrinking of pores.
But with so many products on the market, it can be hard to figure out what works and what doesn't. Keep a look out for products that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy, and dicorboxylic acid, or their natural counterparts willow bark, tea tree oil, and bamboo extract. These ingredients help to exfoliate the skin, making sure there are no dead surface cells to settle in the pores and stretch them, which can cause them to appear larger.
If you're a DIY kind of girl, there are plenty of at home treatments that will help shrink those pesky pores. Witch hazel (which you can buy pure or in other astringents) and baking soda (use it on a wet cotton ball like a toner) will help to tighten the skin and pores. Steaming your face can also help to open the pores and draw out the impurities that are causing them to appear larger. Simply drape a towel over your head while holding it over a bowl of steaming water. You can add essential oil or even the witch hazel to the mix to help sooth the skin. Click through to check out some of our favorite pore-banishing products including skin care products and makeup to help hide your pores.
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This salicylic acid wash also contains tea tree oil and willow bark to sooth the skin.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser, $35, available at Sephora.
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Formulated with willow bark and ground peach stones, this scrub helps to clear dead skin cells off the surface of the skin to reveal more refined pores.

Burt's Bees Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub, $8, available at Burt's Bees.
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A mineral-based primer that instantly reduces the appearance of pores and shine for long-lasting smooth skin.

NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer, $32, available at NARS.
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This unique powder works to draw out blackheads from the pores. Apply to the congested area with a wet cotton ball and rinse after 10 minutes.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder, $12, available at Mario Badescu.
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Containing saw palmetto, mint, and salicylic acid, this toner helps to mattify the skin and tighten the pores.

Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner, $20, available at Origins.
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This oil-free moisturizer works to keep the skin matte and pores tight.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator, $37, available at Sephora.
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Formulated with a Micro-Smoothing Complex, this foundation works to smooth the skin, erasing pores.

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, $38.50, available at Shiseido.

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These films remove excess oil, leaving the skin matte and pores refined, but won't disturb your makeup. We carry a pack with us at all times.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Blotting Sheets, $6.25, available at
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A super-intense glycolic acid treatment, this baby works to reduce the appearance of large pores. It also helps to control oil and firm the skin.

Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment, $75, available at Perricone MD.