Unlike we were led to believe during our puberty years, acne does not go away when we get older. And wearing makeup to cover it up can potentially make it worse! So what is a woman to do? According to the National Institute of Health, small holes in your skin called pores are connected to oil glands under the skin through follicles. Oil travels through the follicles to the surface of the skin and acne can form when that gland clogs up. Although it is impossible to actually shrink pores, there are products on the market that can minimize the appearance of pores, making your skin cleaner and healthier. Refresh your makeup routine and make your pores look smaller with these products from the Corridor.
BareMinerals Blemish Ready Acne Treatment Gelee Cleanser, Beauty Brands – $20
The best way to reduce clogged pores is to start by washing your face in the morning and at night. We like this BareMinerals cleanser, as it is an oil-free cleanser that claims to treat existing blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. It is made with salicylic acid that works to dissolve the impurities and makeup that can clog pores. The clear gel formula also contains refreshing peppermint and ginger to make your skin feel refreshed.
Dior Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay Mask, Neiman Marcus – $69
In addition to washing your face daily, using a facemask designed to minimize the appearance of pores really helps as well. We like this Dior mask, which is enriched with natural minerals and Jojoba extracts. This 3-minute mask purifies the skin, works to minimize the appearance of pores and skin imperfections, and leaves the skin even, healthy and beautiful. Use two to three times a week for best results.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Sephora – $39
When it’s time to put on your makeup, protect your skin by using a foundation primer. This Smashbox pore-minimizing primer is oil-free and will not clog pores or cause breakouts. It will smooth your complexion and keep it oil free for up to 8 hours, even after you finish putting on your regular foundation and other makeup. Think of it like a blocker that protects your pores from getting clogged, while at the same time making your skin smoother and easier to put on the rest of your makeup.
The final step in your makeup routine should be to apply this IT Cosmetics powder to your face. Developed with the help of plastic surgeons, this powder is made with hydrolyzed collagen, vitamins A, C, E and K, and other anti-aging ingredients. It works to absorb oil and blur away the look of pores and other imperfections in your skin. It also sets your face makeup and makes you look flawless all day long.