The advertisers love to promote the idea that you have the power to shrink your pore size. Before you spend another cent on buying into this myth let me save you the trouble.
“You cannot change your pore size no matter how expensive the product.”
I don’t want to dash your hopes completely so I will tell you what you can do. You can minimize the appearance of the pores. Once a pore gets clogged with sebum (oil) the skin around it stretches. You cannot reverse the effects of clogged pores which is why it’s so important to keep your skin as cleansed as possible.
Some ingredients that are in these magical pore shrinking products are actually things that will make a difference in the appearance of your pore size. Ingredients like salicylic acid are common in a lot of acne treating products. It helps to increase the moisture in the skin and dissolve the sebum that binds skin cells together. Once that happens it makes it easier to shed or exfoliate them. Exfoliation is really at the core of what you are looking for to minimize the appearance of your pores.
Whether it’s with products that contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, alpha hyrdroxy acids (AHA’s) or Retina-A , they all effect the skin at different cellular levels which promote either regeneration or exfoliation. For a more aggressive treatment there is microdermabrasion which also addresses other skin care concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring and pigmentation. It’s important to note that if you have “active acne” microdermabrasion is not something you would want to do until after your skin has calmed down.