Tips on treating large pores

Enlarged pores are very frustrating when all you want is to have smooth, firm, tight and youthful-looking skin. Correcting large pores can be a challenge, but not impossible, you just need to stay dedicated to your skincare routine. So how can you shrink pores?

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Make sure that you use a cleanser designed for oily skin. When shopping, look for a cleanser that includes ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid. Massage this cleanser twice a day into skin for one full minute, as it takes this long to break down sebum. Even if you think you have a ‘normal’ skin type, we’d recommend a cleanser for oily skin, like the Offects Exfoliating Cleanser.


To help shrink pores you need to get rid of dead surface skin cells and help promote and stimulate cell renewal. If you don’t exfoliate regularly, dead surface cells will build up and make skin appear dull and dry. Plus, they can clog pores which then results in breakouts. If you’re worried that exfoliating is too harsh for your skin, the Offects Exfoliating Polish has round magnesium crystals so as not to irritate the skin.


A toner like the Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment is excellent for deeply cleaning out pores. Each pad is soaked in a combination of salicylic and glycolic acid, helping to exfoliate the skin and speed up cell renewal. In the process helping to shrink pores too.


High potency retinol products like the Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair can help to shrink pore size by decreasing oil gland activity. This product features the highest concentration of retinol in an over-the-counter product (5x-10x higher than traditional retinol products).


Administered by a professional aesthetician, microdermabrasion can help exfoliate the skin but it’s not a permanent solution.

Visit your nearest ZO professional for your own bespoke ZO skincare routine, to help improve everything from larges pores to severe acne.