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What do you do about minimising pores?

(25 Posts)
satsumagirl Mon 12-Jan-15 10:17:46

Hello, I'm 38 with dry skin and have a bit of eczema. All under control more or less. My face is a bit dry so I wear lots of moisturiser. However, I seem to have developed a lot of very visible pores over last few months. Are there any products out there that will tighten them and make them less visible without drying my skin out? Have heard that the body shop seaweed pore perfector is good- has anyone tried that?

LesleyKnopeFan Mon 12-Jan-15 21:37:19

Bumping and watching as I have this problem. I don't think you can reduce the size of the pores themselves, just fill them in with a product/minimise the look of them.

I've used the Clinique one that you put under makeup in the past, which was good but I think there's lots of pore minimising products out there now.

I think that serums are supposed to help fight open pores, I use the Clarins double one and I think my pores do look better. A cheaper product might work as well.

Good luck, will be watching this thread.

Chicinwellies Tue 13-Jan-15 11:00:01

Sanctuary Pore minimising toner - you can try a mini for £2 in boots x

HeyheyheyGoodbye Tue 13-Jan-15 11:02:22

Astalift Jelly and Barbara Daly Primer are my go-tos for this! I get loads of visible pores on my cheeks around the nose. Hate it.

puthyjip43 Tue 13-Jan-15 11:03:00

The clinique face masque - clay mask?- on purple bottle is brilliant

LMGTFY Tue 13-Jan-15 11:11:11

Would love to know if there's anything to minimise them as mine are awful. I just use 'polyfilla' aka benefit porefessional to try and hide them.

Kaye1234 Tue 13-Jan-15 11:45:47

I had horribly large pores near my nose, I started taking my makeup off with coconut oil, I end up with moisturised skin and my pores are normal now.

XiCi Tue 13-Jan-15 17:03:21

Vichy night detox has done wonders for mine but I don't know if its suitable for dry skin
I also use liquid gold. Issued to have quite visible pores and they are almost invisible now

XiCi Tue 13-Jan-15 17:03:49

* I used

almondcakes Tue 13-Jan-15 17:13:24

I have tried a lot of different pore products. The biggest difference in shrinking them I have found is Liz Earle's clay mask, but as someone else has had success with a clinique clay mask, maybe it is just clay masks in general.

For covering them up, I recommend (in order of effectiveness): 1. The clinique pore one, 2. Maybelline babyskin, 3. Dr Brandt Pores No More, 4. Smashbox photo finish and 5. The Porefessional. Actually, there is also a great YSL one but I do not remember the name.

I seem to have spent a lot of time on pore products...

almondcakes Tue 13-Jan-15 17:27:08

The YSL one is matte touch.

sksk Tue 13-Jan-15 18:48:40

Have a look at Paula's choice website- some great alcohol free exfoliants and great information.

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 13-Jan-15 18:56:41

I agree with Lesley..everything I've read says that they can't be shrunk... pores need to be open... but some are bigger than others...mine are bad on my cheeks... when I was at school I often got comments about them.. since I've worn makeup the comments stopped,,, I also believe you can't close them..but you can change the appearance with products...
Maybelline Babyskin does help the appearance but it's far too slick and slippery on my oily skin and my foundation just comes straight off, it's not a primer. I've given up on it. I just use foundation and powder now, concealer where needed. I find as long as I'm 'matte' they are not too noticeable but certain foundations do make them worse as can 'sit' like a bubble on the pore rather than filling them. at the moment I'm happy with YSL touché éclat foundation even though I'm shiny...but i just make sure I powder carefully and top up through day and / or use blotting sheets

XiCi can you tell me more about liquid gold please?

RawCoconutMacaroon Tue 13-Jan-15 18:59:38

This might sound a little off the wall, but my skin, eczema, KP, (and huge pores on nose) improved massively when I changed to a gluten free diet for other reasons. Worth a try?

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 13-Jan-15 19:03:49

oh I completely forgot.. only because I ran out a while ago and decided to see how I would go with just powder on top of makeup..
but my miracle product for the last 15 years or so has been -

No7 Beautifully Matte Make up Base 40ml

I never use it as a base, it goes weird on me and makes my makeup go streaky. I dab it on the oily areas /open pores AFTER foundation. It's a miracle for disguising my pores. If it's a hot day I'll lightly top up maybe once or twice more a day. Cold weather, once a day usually enough. I don't powder on top of it as it goes cakey that way but if dabbed on carefully OVER foundation, it's my miracle product reminds self to go out to boots tomorrow and re stock (btw, it doesn't work well on a foundation that's too matt.. it's then too drying and can be noticeable) On the right foundation that's not too matt and not too glowy, it should be invisible. Start with a very light layer and build up if needed as too much of it might show as white

As to my doing without... I could get away without it in winter, and just the powder over foundation, but no way could I in summer. Powder wouldn't cut it , even the matte one I use

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 13-Jan-15 19:05:59

BTW... all pores are open! they are meant to be that way! Pores might get blocked but they don't close themselves! It's just that some pores are 'stretched' and oversized.. usually seems to be noses that get it worst..but unless blocked with gunk, all pores big and small are open!

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 13-Jan-15 19:07:32

this is what I could never get ex DP to understand.. splashing on aftershave does not close pores! He thought it would keep his face cleaner 'to stop the dirt getting in after shaving' and then wondered why he got sore red skin.... which he still thought preferable to 'open pores' (umm no, your pores are still open..but angry and red now!)

XiCi Tue 13-Jan-15 22:40:45

All too much Liquid gold is a glycolic acid toner. It tightens open pores, brightens skin, helps with sun damage, pigmenation, acne etc. You put it on at night and it works overnight. It really is a bit of a wonder product, one of very few products that lives up to it's hype imo. My pores are definitely smaller and my skin brighter and clearer since I've been using it

RosyAuroch Tue 13-Jan-15 23:32:13

A clay mask really helps. As does cutting back on sugar. Benefit Dr Feelgood is good for temporarily hiding them.

alltoomuchrightnow Wed 14-Jan-15 01:20:06

XiCi, can it be used on thin/ red/ sensitive skin?

XiCi Wed 14-Jan-15 10:04:01

alltoomuch yes you should be OK. This link explains how it is used and gives advice re sensitive skin

AmazingDisgrace Wed 14-Jan-15 10:35:11

HeyheyheyGoodbye.. Astalift hasn't been available in the UK for a while now if you have a source i want to blimming well know it!

Superdrug do a really cheap overnight glycolic serum which is very gentle
This Dont be put off by the fact it's called a peel, no peeling occurs but it does brighten and tighten.

XiCi Wed 14-Jan-15 11:04:23

You can get astalift on amazon amazing disgrace

Laptopwieldingharpy Wed 14-Jan-15 11:14:58

It's also got to do with sagging / loss of skin density/ dehydration. Eucerin Dermo densifier and hyaluron range work really well to plump up and perk up

satsumagirl Fri 16-Jan-15 14:31:52

Wow, just returned to this thread to find tons of responses! Thanks ladies.

I have bought Superdrug peel, good call, and will check out others.

I think I also need to change the order in which I apply my facial skin care. Normally I put oil on first but last night I put serum and night cream on first, then oil, and skin feels much happier today.

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