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    28 Products That'll Help You Deal With Big Pores

    Masks, serums, and a slew of products to help you win the war against giant pores.

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    1. A jar of creamy Cetaphil Pro's Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask made with bentonite clay and designed to help those of us with big pores and sensitive skin.

    A customer review photo of the clay mask

    This mask has changed my life. Which I know sounds so dramatic but it's true. It has a very creamy and cooling consistency which I apply with a face mask brush (but it comes with a small applicator), I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then remove with a face sponge soaked in warm water. The difference in my skin — my sensitive, acne-prone skin — is astonishing after just one use. My pores shrunk down so much! I went from having what looked like a strawberry for a nose to just a regular, smooth nose! I haven't shut up about it since I started using it. Now I apply it every three days, it's honestly my new religion. I wish it came in a bigger jar so I could cover my entire body in it. I'm not even joking. I love it so hard. I will never stop using this mask. NEVER.

    Promising review: "This product goes on nicely with the little application paddle that comes included. Kept it on for about 10 minutes and washed off with warm water. I was very impressed with how smooth my face felt afterward. My pores seemed to be much smaller and I was really impressed with the results. Great product!" —Dazza

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    2. A bottle of It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Leave-On Solution Pore-Refining Toner, a daily toner with a mission to mattify and reduce the appearance of pores — it's formulated with kaolin clay to absorb excess oil and control shine, it's also infused with silk, coconut water, and rice protein so your skin feels totally refreshed.


    Promising review: "I am SMITTEN with this toner! My pores are the single thing about my face that really bug me. I don’t mind my fine lines, and I’ve made peace with my dark circles — but enlarged pores across my nose and cheeks absolutely make me insane when I look in the mirror. So far, I haven’t really had a lot of luck making them disappear, and I follow a fairly strict skincare routine. I generally really love IT Cosmetics, almost anything I’ve tried from this brand has lived up to my expectations, but this toner knocks it out of the park. I’ve been using it about a week now, and can absolutely say that my pores are shrinking! Immediately upon use, I felt a slight cooling and soothing sensation. My skin was definitely more matte and smooth looking, but shockingly not too tight or dry feeling! Hoping for best results, I’ve used it every morning and night and I already feel so much more confident about my skin! The toner has a bit of an earthy smell (I believe it has clay in it, so think of a scent along that line) and you have to shake it really well at each use. Neither of those things is even remotely frustrating enough to make me ever, ever give up this magic bottle! I don’t know that my pores will ever be truly unnoticeable, but this has made me feel the best I’ve ever felt about them!" —nikkimdarling

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    3. A stainless-steel Skin Spatula that uses high-frequency vibration to clean blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and dead skin, and makes makeup application that much easier — just make sure and use it on wet skin.


    Promising review: "I never write reviews but I could not pass this one up. I have been fighting with my skin for years! After my last pregnancy, I started developing cystic acne, my skin was congested with oil, whiteheads, blackheads, you name it. All those years of desperately doing my own extractions, trying every mask, cleanser, device, my skin was left scarred and discolored — I hated the texture of my skin. I impulsively bought this and tried it the day it was delivered. I was amazed at how well it extracted all the gunk I could and couldn't see lurking under my skin. I use it every night to cleanse, then apply my serum and moisturizer. I took the first set of photos on 5/27 and still didn't love how my skin looked under makeup. I could tell it was doing something though so I stuck with it. Three days later, I woke up in shock! Took the second set of photos wearing the same makeup (but needed much less). I am finally happy with the way my skin looks and posted a selfie without a filter for the first time since I can remember! Just try it! (All photos were taken in natural light. Must've gotten some cloud cover in the last one. No filters on ANY of them! I'm still in shock!)" —Marlena H.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. A bottle of TruSkin Vitamin C Serum filled with a blend of botanical hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to help with brightness, firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, sunspots, and give you smaller pores.


    Promising review: "Love this stuff. I have big pores and they are more noticeable when I wear foundation. I used this serum all up before I decided to give my two cents on it. My pores are visibly smaller. A little goes a long way. So the 1 oz. lasted me a month in a half. Just received my second bottle of 2 oz. I would buy a bigger bottle if they sold one." —Wanda

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A bottle of Moon Juice Acid Potion, a resurfacing exfoliator that can deeply nourish while actively resurfacing the skin with five acids and botanical support — which also help with natural cell turnover and to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.

    A bottle of Moon Juice Acid Potion.
    Moon Juice

    Promising review: "Heaven sent!! I use this morning and night, and it has improved the texture of my skin times a million! Dark spots are decreasing and my skin is softer and brighter. I get compliments all the time. I’ve been using this product for almost a month, I purchased it to heal and recover my acne damaged skin from scars to dark spots. II will be using this product for as long as possible.💕" —Detron N.

    Get it from Moon Juice for $42. Vegan and cruelty-free.

    6. A tube of Maybelline New York's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, a pore blurring makeup primer you apply under your foundation to leave your skin looking matte and poreless.


    Promising review: "This stuff is pretty incredible. I have huuuuge pores that have always bothered me. I’ve tried lots of expensive pore smoothing primers but none of them really make much of a difference, it seems like they don’t hold up underneath my makeup. I use this primer first thing in the morning, right after I wash my face. I put a thin coat just on my problem areas and make sure to work it into my skin, then let it dry for a few minutes and apply one more 'skim coat' just on the surface of my T-zone. I let that dry another minute and apply my makeup as usual. The difference is incredible and it lasts all day. My pores are virtually invisible. Even with other pore primers and caking on foundation I was never able to achieve that. It also helps with shine, though I still have to touch up/blot a couple of times throughout the day, it’s not nearly as much as before." —A. Fawcett

    Get it from Amazon for $5.24.

    7. And a tube of residue-free Versed The Shortcut overnight facial peel formulated using a blend of lactic and glycolic acids to help breakdown dead skin, vitamin A which helps exfoliate, brighten, and hydrate, and allantoin, rosehip, and vitamin E that'll keep your skin calm. It's also nondrying and nonirritating so your skin is left bright and refreshed.


    Promising review: "I completely love this product. I’m 27 with normal to oily skin and period acne. This stuff works wonders for my skin. It keeps it dewy but not greasy throughout the following day (yes, even after cleansing) and clears my period acne right up. Incredible stuff, lightweight application that absorbs quickly. 11/10!" —KIRBY279

    Get it from Versed for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A jar of Aztec Secret deep pore cleansing mask that uses calcium bentonite clay to get deep into pores and remove any impurities.


    Promising review: "I’ve struggled with large pores on my nose and cheeks forever. I got this because of the number of good reviews, and you can def see a difference in the photos! Anyone with super sensitive skin should use sparingly. I use it about every other day just on my nose and cheeks. To take off, I advise letting a very warm/hot washcloth to sit on the area and then the clay slides right off. Such a great price too...and the jar will last you FOREVER!" —Kaiti

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A bottle of Bragg Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to use with Aztec Secret — with their powers combined they will help shrink every pore on your face!

    The bottle of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

    Promising review: "I use this to mix with my Aztec Secret clay mask twice a week! I used to use the mask without this but once I applied the mask with this vinegar the results were WAY different! My acne scars immediately looked lighter, skin brighter and tighter, smile marks faded. It's seriously a miracle ingredient for any homemade mask. This one ingredient made a world of difference!" —Nina

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.09.

    10. A compact of It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Finishing Powder for touching up and covering up the sight of pores.


    Promising review: "This is an incredible pressed powder. It really does make the pores vanish. This is my last step of makeup application, and when I'm done dusting this product on, the finish looks like velvet. It really sets the under-eye area nicely too. No caking either. I recommend it highly." —TurtleGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.59.

    11. A jar of GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment designed to help with acne, redness, and scarring while using a blend of six acids to help minimize pores — it also uses charcoal to get dirt and any other congestions out to refresh your skin.


    Promising review: "I LOVE this mask!! I'm currently in the process of overhauling my skincare routine and trying ALL the samples, and this is the first product I've found that I don't think I can live without. I tried one sample and immediately bought the full size. I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and enlarged pores on my cheeks, and I love how I can actually SEE this mask working and pulling all the junk out of my pores. I wouldn't say it clears everything up instantly and I still have some blackheads on my nose, but I can definitely tell that my skin feels smoother after using this mask." —LolaGraceH

    Get it from Nordstrom for $25+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A bottle of Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, a weightless sunscreen with SPF 35 that gives an invisible matte coverage for some seriously poreless-looking skin.

    The bottle of Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

    Promising review: "The texture is perfect, the nozzle on the tube makes sure that you don't squeeze out too much. The packaging is beautiful — love the color and it really stands out on my vanity. The sleek blue tube is great for travel. It truly is pore-minimizing and I use it alone or under makeup and it's fine for both. There isn't an aggravating scent, and the quality of the product (and really all of Tatcha's products) have always exceeded my expectations. DEFINITELY try this one out if you're a sunscreen junkie like myself!" —joongle23

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    13. A bottle of silky and waterproof Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer for anyone with oily and combination skin looking for a long-lasting solution (this lasts for 12 hours) that'll erase the look of pores and resurface uneven skin texture before makeup application.

    The tube of Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer

    Promising review: "This seemed to really hide my aged pores and help fill in a few minor wrinkles! So far, I'm loving this." —Jennifer C

    Get it from Tarte for $32.

    14. A box of Bioré deep cleansing pore strips to unclog your pores in just a few minutes — it uses a patented c-bond technology that binds to blackheads (and not your skin) to pull them out.


    Promising review: "I love using these! I’ve always had very large pores on my nose. I needed an extra hand with the blackheads I have and so I've been using these strips. It took maybe a month (if that) and I barely have any blackheads left. When using, make sure that you're cleansing your face and exfoliating twice a week — keep this routine going while using these strips every other day and you will see a big difference!" —Brandon & Joe

    Get a box of eight from Amazon for $5.88+ (available in two quantities).

    15. A bottle of Bliss Pore Patrol Cleanser that naturally warms up and minimizes the appearance of pores by using willow bark extract to remove excess oil without over-drying.

    The bottle of Bliss Pore Patrol Cleanser

    Promising review: "LOVE IT!!! First time using this brand. Left my face SUPER soft and clean!!!! Will be purchasing some other products from Bliss!!" —Noemy Velez

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39.

    16. A bottle of Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer is a lightweight balm designed specifically to quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for smooth skin.


    Promising review: "If this product isn't working for you it's probably because you're sliding it all over your face. It's like a pore filler so you apply a little on your finger and the key is to DAB it on to the areas where your pores are most visible. I dab it on all my problem areas and then wait a minute so I know it's set, and then I use my Smashbox Photo Finish on the rest of my face. Another tip: for people with large pores when you apply your cream or liquid foundation the key is to use a circular buffing brush and move in circular motions on your cheeks and around your nose. Go clock-wise and then counter-clockwise repeatedly until your foundation is blended and you'll see your pores literally disappear! When you set it with powder don't use a brush in those areas either. Take a powder puff or sponge and dab the powder on to your areas where you just concealed the pores, and then dust off the excess with a fluffy brush. You will see the biggest difference in your skin I swear!" —50shades

    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    17. A bottle of Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer — an oil-free and waterproof formula designed to minimize pores and control shine without drying.


    Promising review: "I never got into primers or the idea of holy grail products until I received a sample of this several years back. Now it is my #1 repurchased item, the one I won't stray from. I don't need foundation anymore. I just use this and a little concealer to give my face a flawless finish. I am blown away." —Syndey76

    Get it from Sephora for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A rechargeable Poppyo blackhead remover which uses suction to remove blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin, grease, and makeup residue.


    Promising review: "A must-have for large pores! Great product! I have used this on me and my husband. It works great for both and we have very different skin types. The suction it provides is impressive and you can see the amount of gunk that it removes. Also, the different heads that are provided are great." —megan williams

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in six colors).

    19. A bottle of Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask designed to purify your skin by giving you a deep clean and visibly reducing pore size.

    The bottle of Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

    Promising review: "This product makes me wish I had taken before and after photos to show you all just how blown away I was by this product. You have no idea how skeptical I am of claims made by skincare products, since I often feel as though they can promise too much. The Origins charcoal mask, however, does everything it claims to do. I can't think of a single con to this product whatsoever. So here was my experience after the FIRST use: after washing my face and patting it dry, I went back over the skin with a semi-hot washcloth to open up the pores. Then I applied the charcoal mask to my face — the product is actually pretty thin, so to get an even distribution I applied it almost as I would a foundation, using my fingers to rub it in and then pat away any streaks so that every area is covered. The mask dries super fast and you can feel your skin tightening up. Even with the tightening feeling, I was still skeptical as to whether it would actually remove blackheads from the tip of my nose. Let me tell you, after rinsing off the mask (which is easy to do btw) my pores were dramatically clearer. It was a definite, visible improvement even after one use. It got rid of blackheads that even pore strips couldn't remove. I have no idea how, but it did. The product also soaks up pretty much any oil on your face, so after rinsing you'll need to moisturize right away. Although I have oily skin, my skin feels very dry immediately after using the mask. That's why I use this at night, so I can follow with a richer night-time moisturizer. If you have larger pores and blackheads, I highly recommend this mask. For me, this is a true miracle in a tube and I'll be buying this forever. It's such a great price too for how much you get. Like I said, I can't find any cons with this product at all." —RationalBeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $13+ (available in two sizes) or from Amazon for $14.24.

    20. A bottle of Caudalie's Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum, a lightweight pore-diminishing gel serum that uses natural salicylic acid to combat your blackheads, reduce pore size, fight breakouts, and reduce excess oil.


    Promising review: "I was hoping to not break this five-star streak this product has got going on and I honestly can't. I'm an esthetician so of course, I am a skincare junkie and beyond! I try everything, literally, I should have my own YouTube channel to review products! This serum is crazy amazing, I haven't used it for too long but a good three weeks and I swear it's magic. I had a large 'zit' I could feel coming up on the bridge of my nose and it was gone the net morning. My pores are less noticeable. Nothing gets rid of pores (let's be real) and my skin is glowing! I think this is my best spot treatment and pore treatment ever! I may have only been three weeks I'm pretty sure anyways!" —NycoleMUA

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

    21. A bottle of Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer, a powerful toner that uses a high-dose of 30% lactic acid complex and witch hazel to improve the look of pores and give you some serious radiance.


    Promising review: "Not many products suprise me the first time I use them but this one did. Not only does it have a light scent, and feel light and comfortable on the skin, but the very first time I used it, it noticeably tightened my pores. I suddenly had little spots when the sebum in my pores had been pushed to the surface. WOW. My skin was also noticeably less oily and just overall felt better." —MakeupPirate

    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    22. A light and silky Touch in Sol No Poreblem primer so you can smooth out your skin before you apply your favorite foundation — they've even tested it out on these good looking oranges to show you how effective it is (no oranges or animals were harmed during the testing of this primer, it's 100% cruelty-free and vegan).


    Promising review: "I'm 44 and for the past four years my skin has been throwing a hissy fit. No matter what I tried my pores were screaming through my makeup. You know what I mean? Makeup sinking into the pores will turn any good foundation into a pool party on your face. Finally, a month ago I found no this and it really works. I have combo-dry skin, weather depending and it doesn't make my skin oily. My foundation sets nicely over it (no sinking) and stays on for about eight hours before needing a touchup. And of course my pores...barely visible!!!! I'm happy!" —KPak

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    23. A titanium 540 .25" microneedle derma roller designed to help reduce the size of pores, fine lines, acne scars, and wrinkles — just gently roll it across the skin to help stimulate rejuvenation and exfoliate., Amazon

    Promising review: "My before and after photo is exactly 24 hours apart. I can’t believe the difference. I used a highly rated, mostly organic Vitamin C serum after rolling, and then followed that with a good facial moisturizer. I’m shocked at the difference. The small bumps on my forehead nearly disappeared." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    24. A super effective Zombie Pack — a 15-minute face mask that'll help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, visibly lift up the skin, clear small breakouts, tighten enlarged pores, hydrate skin, improve texture by gently removing dead cells, and brighten your complexion.

    Promising review: "I am 33 and have started noticing some fine lines between my eyebrows, around my eyes, and larger pores across my cheeks. I work full time with two little kids so I don't always get enough sleep or water and I definitely enjoy a glass of wine so it's no shock that time is catching up to me. I saw this on BuzzFeed and decided to try and have been super happy! I didn't really notice a smell. It was tight and I could feel my face stretching but did not burn. My face definitely feels tighter and brighter. My pores look smaller already. I will definitely be a regular user! I use a bit of toner and facial oil after to keep a bright face." —Megan P

    Get them from Amazon for $21.50+ (available in three options).

    25. A bottle of La Roche Posay Effaclar Pore-Refining and Anti-Aging Face Serum which is formulated with LHA to give your skin a safe and micro-exfoliation to help tighten the look of enlarged pores and help with your skin’s texture — it also has an AHA-Glycolic Complex to accelerate your skin’s renewal process.

    The bottle of La Roche Posay Effaclar Pore-Refining and Anti-Aging Face Serum

    Promising review: "This product is so good. My skin looks way better than before. My pores got small!!!" —Amazon Kunde

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    26. A Porefining Face Mask by Sand & Sky that's made with Australian Pink Clay to draw out impurities and leave you with smooth, glowing, ~poreless~ skin.,

    Promising review: "Now that I'm almost 50, my pores are more visible than they used to be and I have always had a lot of redness on my face. After my first use, I noticed my skin was very soft and seemed tighter. My pores appeared smaller. I have had similar results from other clay masks but not to this extent. Even the redness was reduced. I use it every three days and by the third use, the improvement in my skin was so great that even my coworkers were asking what I was doing. My makeup goes on better and lasts longer. I get less oily throughout the day and can go to dinner after work with no touch-ups. I do a quick light blot with a tissue add some lip gloss and I still look fresh-faced. I love this stuff and will absolutely buy it again. A light, thin layer with a couple of extra dots on blemishes will more than do the trick." —M. Stein

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

    27. A bottle of Rihanna-approved Fenty Pore-Refining Toner Serum to target your pores and even out your skin tone.


    Promising review: "MY SKIN HAS NEVER LOOKED BETTER, MAN. OK, so some girl was ranting and raving about this product. How it cleared her skin, etc. So of course I had to try it. It's the most AMAZING PRODUCT for my dry giant pored skin. Within JUST ONE WEEK I'm already seeing TOTAL CLEARNESS. it's like it took all my pores and just closed them skin has legit never been so smooth and clear. I am AMAZED AND WILL be buying the whole line. I am a believer in FAT WATER AND Fenty. I can't say enough good things about this serum." —sonyamariacons

    Get it from Sephora for $28.

    28. A pore-refining primer by Dr. Brandt that reviewers swear is ~magic~ and can't live without.


    Promising review: "I’ve been using this product for years now, and it’s the one makeup product I feel I could most not live without. It goes on so smoothly, is lightweight, and is completely invisible, but it diminishes the look of my pores (especially on my nose) in a way that is like magic. It makes my skin look almost airbrushed. And its staying power is also super impressive. I almost never have to reapply. While expensive, the littlest amount goes a long, long way, and I’m never without it in my makeup bag. Highly recommend to anyone with visible pores." —Pioneer Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $45.

    Never again will this be you!

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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