3 Products That Actually Hide Large Pores

You can't shrink your pores, but you can definitely make them appear smaller.
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You can't shrink your pores, but you can definitely make them appear smaller.

If we learned anything from Mean Girls, it’s that we wear pink on Wednesdays, butter is a carb, and huge pores are a terrible, horrible thing.

Me and my pore-zone nose are here to demonstrate three pore products that will have you praising the skin gods while admiring your seemingly poreless face.

Holika Holika Green Tea Egg Soap

Who wouldn’t want to wash their face with an egg?

Who wouldn’t want to wash their face with an egg?

Admittedly, I bought this stuff for the packaging. But this cute little egg packs a punch. I'm not sure that it actually minimizes, but it does leave my face more matte and feeling exceptionally clean, without that tightness that some soaps tend to leave behind.

All aboard the egg soap ladder ride.

All aboard the egg soap ladder ride.

The soaps come in different formulas; the Green Tea Egg is meant for large pores and uneven skin.

Before and after washing face with Green Tea Egg Soap. Not much pore minimizing, but less oiliness. 

Before and after washing face with Green Tea Egg Soap. Not much pore minimizing, but less oiliness. 

One caveat: Those who aren’t into Sodium Lauryl Sulfate might want to look elsewhere, as this soap contains it.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner, Gold Medalist, Pore Olympics 2015

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner, Gold Medalist, Pore Olympics 2015

If pore products were figure skaters, then Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner would be Kristi Yamaguchi (because she was my favorite).

This refiner is perfect because not only do your pores appear finer, it’s also a treatment packed full of good stuff for your skin. After cleansing, apply either on your entire face, if you’re oily, or on the T-zone, if you have combination skin.

After Green Tea Egg Soap vs. after Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

After Green Tea Egg Soap vs. after Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

Says the brand: “The Fluidactiv exclusive patented complex biologically regulates sebum quality, which keeps pores from becoming clogged and limits the formation of blemishes.” Though I’m not sure exactly what "Fluidactiv" is, I can confirm that, on my skin, it limits the formation of blemishes and absorbs oil. Lasting power? Three to four hours.

The Face Shop Face It Moisture Pore Balm

Face It Moisture Pore Balm.

Face It Moisture Pore Balm.

This is the icing on the Pore Refiner cake. Sure, you can go ahead and use a regular powder on top of the Bioderma, but why not go all the way?

A word to the silicone-wary, this balm is silicone-based.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner on left, Pore Refiner plus Moisture Pore Balm on right. Visible difference on sides of nose.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner on left, Pore Refiner plus Moisture Pore Balm on right. Visible difference on sides of nose.

What I like about this balm is that it "fills in" your pores, aids in smooth makeup application, and is also moisturizing, which is great when I get flakier in the winter. Just apply where your pores look like they could use some extra TLC. 

The effect lasts around two to three hours, but reapply with the puff and you're cool. 

Here's a complete before (no treatment) and after (Green Tea Egg Soap, followed by Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner and Moisture Pore Balm)

Here's a complete before (no treatment) and after (Green Tea Egg Soap, followed by Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner and Moisture Pore Balm)

  • What other pore busters should I try?
  • Do you love Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner as much as I do?