The 9 Best Pore Minimsers This 2020

Find out how to minimise pores with the best skincare products

If your ideal complexion is porcelain, but your skin’s looking more like earthenware, you may want to look into pore minimising skincare. While minimising large pores usually calls for a cosmetic approach, dealing directly with your skin can better treat and remedy the cause of your large pores, leaving you with no need to conceal or cover up. We’ve rounded up our top pore minimisers, but before we get into products, we need to talk about pores themselves.

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Pores: Separating Fact from Fiction

There are a number of common misconceptions about pores, but easily the most massive myth that needs busting is that pores open and close. The size of your pores can vary for a number of reasons but generally comes down to skin type and genetics.

Those with oily skin are much more likely to see large, visible pores than are those with dry skin. This is due to the amount of oil the former produce, which fills and widens the pores. Oily skin is also more likely to experience clogged pores, blackheads, and build-up of excess oil, which can also make pores appear large. When it comes to genetics, the fact is that some people are just genetically predisposed to have large pores, and there isn’t much you can do to ‘close’ them. You can, however, minimise the look of large pores.

How to Minimise Pores?

The word ‘minimise’ is used intentionally in regards to pores because, as the old saying goes, pores are not doors. That is, they don’t open and close. There’s no way to shrink or close your pores. And as they secrete the barrier layer of fatty acids that protect your skin from dehydration, you certainly wouldn’t want to. Exfoliants, antibacterial botanicals, and anti-inflammatory ingredients decrease excess dead skin, acne-causing bacteria in the pores, and irritation. These ingredients help minimise the appearance of pores by decongesting, smoothing uneven texture, and killing acne-causing bacteria that could cause breakouts to form.

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The Best in Pore Minimising Skincare

If you’re ready to show large pores who’s boss, but not sure where to start, we’ve got some amazing options to share! Check out the list below to find the best pore minimiser for you and your skin.


Another tried-and-true AHA exfoliant, Pixi Glow Tonic is a beauty industry favourite for brightening, smoothing, and resurfacing uneven texture and tone. Glycolic Acid is tough on pores but gentle on the skin. Ginseng and Aloe Vera soothe redness and inflammation for a silky-soft complexion that feels as comfortable as it looks. Perfect for all skin types, Pixi Glow Tonic sweeps on with a cotton pad. Or press into the skin for minimised pores and bright, even-toned skin.


Get that squeaky clean feeling without dryness or irritation: try asap daily exfoliating facial scrub. This unique formula provides dual action exfoliation for no-fail results. Chemical exfoliant Glycolic Acid and biodegradable microbeads work together to clear, smooth, and minimise pores. Suitable for all skin types except the most sensitive skin, this daily scrub is ideal for addressing uneven skin texture, frequent shaving, and ingrown hairs. This product, while gentle enough for daily use, should only be used once a day at most, and 2 to 3 times a week on very sensitive skin.


One of the first exfoliators of its kind, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant has been perfecting complexions for years. A cherished industry standard beloved by many, this gentle daily exfoliating cleanser uses a unique Rice-Based Enzyme Powder to slough away dead skin gently. Enzymes exfoliate by eating up dead skin cells to reveal bright, smooth new cells. This way, you get a stunning glow without the sting of more intensive exfoliants. Suitable for daily use by all skin types, this gentle powder cleanser is a great choice for those with dry, sensitive skin looking to tackle the visibility of their pores.


When all else fails, Retinoids are your best bet for refining skin. And what’s better than a great product at a reasonable price? Not much, if you ask us! That’s exactly what you’re getting when you invest in a bottle of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%. Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, exfoliate by promoting cell turnover. With age, skin cell turnover slows. The introduction of Retinoids can be a serious game changer for those not seeing results from other products. Suitable for all skin types, this product most benefits those with large pores and visible signs of aging. But be sure to use this baby only at night; vitamin A can cause sun sensitivity, so be sure you’re rocking a great daily SPF when using any Retinoid.


As an Aussie company, we love to rep a proud Aussie brand, and it’s not hard to do with Sand&Sky’s top-notch products. This gentle, pore-refining clay mask draws toxins and impurities from the skin, decongesting and minimising pores without the use of any exfoliants. Far from your average clay formula, Sand&Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask is enriched with antioxidant Vitamins A, C, and E for maximum benefit, minimising pores while fighting environmental damage. Suitable for all skin types, this product most benefits those with sensitive skin and those looking to avoid physical exfoliants.


There’s one cause of enlarged pores we haven’t yet discussed: dehydration. Dehydrated skin works overtime, cranking out excess oil to protect skin from further water loss. But don’t worry: Alpha-H Balancing Pore Refining Mask with Jojoba Oil will bring your troubled complexion back to balance. This nourishing treatment mask penetrates deep within the pores to decongest blackheads, excess oil, and trapped dead skin cells, leaving pores visibly smaller. One of the closest oils in consistency to skin’s natural sebum, Jojoba Oil infuses skin with moisture and regulates oil production. Jojoba works to bring the skin's moisture levels back to balance for a gentle, but potent, overhaul for your complexion.


There’s one cause of enlarged pores we haven’t yet discussed: dehydration. Dehydrated skin works overtime, cranking out excess oil to protect skin from further water loss. But don’t worry: Alpha-H Balancing Pore Refining Mask with Jojoba Oil will bring your troubled complexion back to balance. This nourishing treatment mask penetrates deep within the pores to decongest blackheads, excess oil, and trapped dead skin cells, leaving pores visibly smaller. One of the closest oils in consistency to skin’s natural sebum, Jojoba Oil infuses skin with moisture and regulates oil production. Jojoba works to bring the skin's moisture levels back to balance for a gentle, but potent, overhaul for your complexion.


No time for an extra step in your routine? No problem! Roll pore minimising and cleansing into one easy task with Skinceuticals Clarifying Cleanser. This potent treatment cleanser is ideal for acne-prone skin, fighting breakouts and decongesting pores with a blend of acids and microbeads. Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, and microbeads exfoliate on the surface while Salicylic Acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, exfoliates within the pores. Salicylic Acid corkscrews deep into the pore, clearing out excess oil, dead skin cells, and acne-causing bacteria with consistent use. Clear blemishes and minimise pores without an elaborate routine with this intensive treatment cleanser.


Minimise pores without maximising irritation with Alpha-H Liquid Gold. This best-selling cult favourite product lives up to the hype and then some, smoothing and perfecting skin with a powerful blend of alpha-hydroxy acids. These acids function as chemical exfoliants, but don’t worry. Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs for short, are actually a very gentle way to exfoliate. AHAs work by breaking up dead skin cells and sweeping them away, revealing fresh, unblemished skin underneath. This potent blend of AHAs is tough on uneven skin texture and pores, but doesn’t skimp on soothers either. Your skin will be clear, smooth, and soothed with consistent use.

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So whatever you choose, remember: the name of the game is minimising. We may not be able to rid your skin of large pores, but the products listed above will help put you on the right track to less visible pores in no time. So toss your magnifying mirror in the bin! With any of the choices above, there won’t be much to see soon enough.




So, let's recap the 9 Best Pore Minimsers

  1. Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml

  2. asap daily exfoliating facial scrub

  3. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

  4. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%

  5. Sand&Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask

  6. Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask with Jojoba Oil

  7. Medik8 Pore Minimising Tonic 100ml

  8. Skinceuticals Clarifying Cleanser

  9. Alpha-H Liquid Gold





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