Pores are everywhere and there is no escaping them. Everyone has them and the reality is, we can't do much about the size. Our genetic code programmed the size of our pores and they are locked in forever. But,there are ways of getting around our genetic lot to reduce the appearance of ever-so-visible pores.
Remember when I said that our pore sizes are genetic and there's nothing that we can do about it. That is not the complete truth. Ok, it's about to get nasty for a minute so if you're squeamish then you may just want to skip the next paragraph…
Clogged pores are easy to spot. In many cases you can literally see the pores filled to capacity when you see little whitish specs on and around your nose. Those of us with oily skin see this more often than you guys with normal to dry skin. What happens when squeeze your nose? That whitish plug begins to exude out of the pores and, depending on the hardness or amount of stuff that came out, that pore will be a tiny but noticeable hole on your nose. That gunk has been building up and stretching out the pore walls until they eventually lose shape and become enlarged pores that we have all come to hate.
The good news is that there are options to help get pores back down to size and the answer revolves around one ingredient- salicylic acid (we affectionately refer to it as simply "sal acid"). Sal acid likes to mingle with other oils so it easily mixes with the oil in our skin (called sebum on this site) and goes down into the pores where it breaks up the plugs. The beauty of sal acid is that it doesn't take too long to work. Use it twice a day for about a week and you'll notice the pores begin to shrink back to normal.
Sal acid isn't the only method to clean out our pores. Clay masks that tighten as they drives act as extractors and essentially squeeze the out the plugs. You can do it yourself, one by one, and risk damaging your skin causing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation commonly known as dark spots (you may not have known the technical name but if you have V-VI type skin then you are very familiar with it) or you can let the mask do the work and walk away with clear pores and even skin. Look for masks that have bentonite, French clay, activated charcoal and kaolin high up on the ingredient list.
Now this is a little more tricky and has its roots in how the skin cells change as they make their way up to the surface of the skin. There is no easy fix for this but there is an ingredient or two that claim to help (insert side-eye here). This is also not a quick fix because it deals with the biological act of creating skin cells, you won't see the effect until at least 28 days since that is the length of time it takes for a brand new cell to travel from its humble beginnings to take its place as a barrier and shield on the skin's surface.
If you are curious enough to see if you can win against genetics then look for pore reducing products that have the extracts like Rosa Multiflora Fruit, Enantia Chlorantha Bark and Lentil Seed. It also wouldn't hurt if they threw in a little sal acid because hey, a good cleaning is always helpful.