Oily skin is usually triggered by excessive sebum production due to hormonal stimulation of the oil glands. Stress, lifestyle choices and genetics can also influence your skin’s oil production. With oily skin, pores become clogged and enlarged, making them easy breeding grounds for bacteria and skin infections. If left untreated, the accumulation of dirt, dead skin cells and sebum can result in acne and scarring over time.
On the bright side, large pores can be reduced with the right skincare steps. Read this for more tips on how to minimise enlarged pores. If you have oily skin, learn how to reduce shine and care for your complexion here. Avoid ingredients that will clog the pores or trigger breakouts. Start with a gentle facial cleanser for oily skin that won’t cause rebound oil production. The Gentle Foaming Cleanser For Combination or Oily Skin is formulated with Gypsophila and Tamarind to create a light cleansing lather without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It also removes make-up and dirt that are trapped in the pores. Dead skin accumulates on the surface, clogging pores and preventing the nutrients in skincare products from penetrating your skin. That’s why you should exfoliate at least once a week to eliminate dead skin cells and other pollutants. Exfoliating is a great way to shrink enlarged pores. The Pure Scrub is a gentle gel exfoliator for oily skin. Its tiny volcanic rock beads effectively minimise and unclog pores, leaving your skin clean, refreshed and smooth, while Alpine Willow Herb reduces shine and tightens open pores. After cleansing and exfoliating, use the Toning Lotion with Iris to minimise pores and purify the skin. Iris contains anti-ageing benefits that combat wrinkles and dehydration, while Sage soothes the skin with anti-inflammatory properties. This alcohol-free toner also helps regulate your skin’s oil production to promote a matte finish. Apply a generous layer of the SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask on your face after toning and leave it on for 10 minutes. It features Alpine Willow Herb, which absorbs excess oil and shrinks pores to give you a refined, mattefied complexion within 10 minutes. Looking for a mattifying serum for oily skin? Customers love the Pore Control Serum for its firming and purifying properties. Packed with Organic Strawberry Tree fruit extracts, Tamarind and Vine Flower cells, this serum evidently tightens enlarged pores and refines your complexion so your skin is left looking smooth, radiant and shine-free. Contrary to popular belief, facial treatment oils are actually necessary for oily skin and enlarged pores. The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is a face oil specially formulated for oily and combination skin to hydrate the skin, minimise pores and prevent moisture loss. Sacred Lotus rebalances the skin and Hazelnut Oil protects against dehydration to keep your complexion nourished, moisturised and supple. If you’re looking for a pore-reducing moisturiser, the MyClarins RE-BOOST Mattifying Hydrating Cream will not disappoint. This day moisturiser is made with Coconut, Alpenrose, Goji, Acerola, Tamarind and Fig Tree extracts that instantly hydrates, minimise pores and reduce shine.
Keeping your skin hydrated is the key to reducing shine. Avoid washing your face frequently, as too much cleansing can strip your skin of its natural oils, forcing your skin to produce more oils to make up for the lack of moisture. You should also switch to an alcohol-free toner, because toners with alcohol will dehydrate the skin and cause your pores to enlarge. Be sure to use a lightweight moisturiser twice a day to lend your skin a protective layer against dehydration and rebound oil production. If you need a quick blemish fix, just apply the My Clarins CLEAR-OUT Targets Imperfections gel on the pimple or acne. It instantly dries up the blemish and soothes redness, giving you clean, refreshed skin in seconds. Finally, use a mattifying agent like the Clarins PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick as a quick remedy for large pores and oily skin. It instantly blurs the appearance of pores and blots away excess shine, giving you a silky, matte complexion in just one swipe. Shop more plant-based products for oily skin and visible pores on our site.