How to Keep Small Pores Clean

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21-10-2020, 13:30
Pores are your skin’s natural escape valves that help distribute oils and release sweat. Ideally, they help keep your skin balanced and well-regulated, but sometimes they need a little help to promote their best functionality. The larger your pores, the more oil they produce and the more susceptible they are to clogging. While small pores tend to be less prone to breakouts and blemishes, they can cause dry skin and require their own special care. Wear the right makeup for your skin type, and keep your small pores clean, exfoliated, and moisturized to ensure that your skin is supple and healthy.

Washing Your Face Daily

  1. Wash your hands. You don’t want to transfer dirt or germs from your hands to your face, so be sure to wash your hands before you wash your face.
  2. Apply a mild facial cleanser. A gentle cleanser will help keep your skin clean and prevent acne. Use your clean fingertips to gently lather up your face. Spend 30 seconds gently massaging the cleanser across your entire face with small, circular motions.
    • Pick a cleanser that’s appropriate for your skin type, such as dry or oily, normal or sensitive. If most of your face is covered with small pores, it’s most likely that you should be using a cleanser designed for normal, dry, and/or sensitive skin. You shouldn’t be using products aimed at oily skin.
  3. Rinse your face with cool or warm water. Using hot water can dry out your small pores very quickly, so stick to luke warm water to keep your skin moist.
    • For this reason, it’s often better to wash your face separately in the sink instead of doing so while you’re showering.
  4. Pat your face dry. Use a clean towel to gently pat away the moisture on your face. Avoid rubbing since that can actually clog pores by pushing soap film and dead skin into them.
  5. Avoid over-washing. Washing too often or too vigorously can increase skin problems rather than prevent them. Stick to a gentle washing once or twice a day for the best results.
    • Your skin naturally regulates its moisture. Cleansing your face more than once or twice a day can dry it out by stripping away its natural oils.
    • Scrubbing your face with a washcloth can irritate your pores by damaging their linings and/or pushing dead skin cells and other lingering debris into them.

Treating Your Skin

  1. Moisturize daily. Moisturizing can help keep small pores from clogging. Since they produce less oil than large pores, they’re more likely to lead to dry, flaky skin. Apply a facial moisturizer that’s designated for dry or normal skin once a day after cleansing to keep your small pores hydrated.
    • Apply the moisturizer immediately after washing your face (within 3-5 minutes) for the best results. This will help lock in your skin’s existing moisture.
    • Look for a moisturizer that has ceramide as its base since ceramide helps skin retain moisture.
  2. Exfoliate weekly. Besides washing your face, you can help minimize the dead, dry skin that comes with small pores by using a mild, non-abrasive exfoliator once or twice a week. This gentle exfoliation will improve the tone and texture of the skin on your face.
    • People with small pores will generally have drier skin, which means that you should not need to use a facial scrub with a chemical exfoliator like salicyclic acid.
    • Instead, look for a creamy, non-abrasive exfoliator designated for dry skin. Use one with hydrating oils or honey to keep your small pores moisturized while washing away dead skin cells.
    • Don't over-exfoliate your skin since it can cause irritation and redness.
  3. Steam your face once a week. If your skin is dry, giving it a weekly steam bath can help stimulate the oil glands in your small pores and soften the skin on your face. It will also enhance your skin’s receptivity to moisturizers.
    • The easiest way to steam your skin is to boil water and pour it into a wide pot or dish. Let it cool for two minutes and then place your face about 10-12 inches above the water with a towel draped over your head and the edges of the dish to create a makeshift tent for the steam.
    • Relax and remain in this position for five minutes. Then, rinse your face with cool water and gently pat it dry with a clean towel.
  4. Spot treat oily skin. If you are having problems with oily skin, it most likely comes from large pores, not small ones. However, many people have different sizes of pores and levels of oil across their faces, which should be taken into consideration when treating or cleaning your skin. Protect your small pores from drying out while treating problem patches by spot treating only those areas that areas that are oily.
    • The “T-zone” that covers the forehead, nose, and chin is frequently the most oily area on a person’s face. Use salicyclic acid or a clay mask once or twice a week to treat only that area. Doing so will help control blemishes on your oily skin without irritating the rest of your face.

Wearing Makeup

  1. Wear a moisturizing foundation. If you use foundation, apply one that will hydrate rather than dry out your small pores.
    • There are a variety of foundations that are designed for drier skin. At the least expensive end of the spectrum are products like CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation and Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation. Mid-range products include NARS Tinted Moisturizers, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisturizing Foundation, and La Mer The Treatment Foundation. If you’re ready to spend more than $100, you can get high-tech hydrating formulas like Cle de Peau Beauté Refining Fluid Foundation.
    • You should also be able to use foundation that’s made to be waterproof (such as MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation) or provide all-day protection (like Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation) since these are generally oil-based formulas.
  2. Wash your makeup brushes. The tools you use to apply makeup will build up with oil, dust, and debris over time. Keep these from introducing harmful impurities to your face by washing them with a mild shampoo at least once a month.
  3. Wash off your makeup at the end of the day. Don’t go bed with makeup on since it can clog and enlarge your small pores if you sleep with it on. To avoid irritations or infections, remove makeup by following the same routine as you use for washing your face.


  • Your skin will be healthiest if you establish a regular care routine that involves cleansing and treating your face with skin care products that are appropriate for your skin type.


  • Do not put any soaps, cleansers, or other skin care products near your eyes since they can cause serious irritation.
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