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Top Ten Pore Minimizers

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Linda Chechar is a writer with more than 20 years of career experience in print and broadcast media, advertising, real estate and retail home decor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Northwestern State University. Her content is currently featured on a variety of websites and blogs.
Top Ten Pore Minimizers
Pore minimizers can't actually shrink pores, but they can make them appear smaller. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images


The term pore minimizer might lead you to believe you can re-create the flawless complexion you had as a child. Unfortunately, over-the-counter pore minimizers cannot perform miracles. What they can do is minimize the appearance of pores. Pore minimizers rely on ingredients to reduce oil production, exfoliate the skin and trick the eye with light diffusing particles, according to the Shopping Lifestyle website. Choose a favorite from this list of popular pore minimizers.

Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested six pore minimizing products, and Murad’s T-Zone Pore Refining Gel came out on top after a four-week trial. The testers reported it was “the only product that reduced pore size in the lab.” In addition, the patented clear gel formula sloughs dulling surface cells and removes potentially clogging dirt and oil.

Clinique Pore Minimizer Thermal-Active Skin Refiner

"Cosmopolitan" magazine came up with this helpful tip from dermatologist David Orentreich: Use a pore minimizing cream on a daily basis to keep pores oil-free and clean. The magazine suggests using Clinique Pore Minimizer Thermal-Active Skin Refiner to dislodge the stubborn dirt clogging your pores. This cleansing lotion heats on contact with water leaving your face fresh and smooth.

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Lancome Pure Focus Pore Tightening Toner

"InStyle" magazine considers this Lancome toner a best beauty buy. The toner contains zinc and salicylic acid to freshen skin by removing oil, dirt and dead skin. It tones skin and pores without burning and irritation.

Estee Lauder Idealist Dual-Action Refinishing Treatment

Estee Lauder's two-in-one treatment combines microdermabrasion and a glycolic acid peel. Apply the refinishing cream, wait five minutes and rinse to even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores. Idealist Dual-Action Refinishing Treatment captured a top spot in "Shape" magazine's The Shape of Beauty Awards 2009.

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Refiner

The Bestcovery website ranks this pore minimizer as the best. Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More gel lightly masks pores to prep the skin for any type of makeup. Patented microspheres and flaxseed soak up oil and help prevent shine through.

Biore Pore Minimizing Lightweight Moisturizer

Total Beauty website readers love this pore shrinking moisturizer. Biore’s budget friendly minimizer reportedly works better than similar department store products. The lightweight, silky formula leaves no greasy residue and protects skin from sun damage with an SPF 15.

Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher

Another product from the Idealist line, Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher impressed the staff of "Elle" magazine. This lightweight serum goes on smooth and boasts a triple threat of melanase to eliminate pigment buildup, glucosamine to break up clogs and light-diffusing polymers to reduce shadows created by enlarged pores.

DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer

The BellaSugar website claims that within a few minutes of application, of DDF's moisturizing serum reduces the appearance of pores with the help of ingredients that leave the skin with a smooth, matte finish. Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer also diminishes the look of wrinkles over time.

Almay Pore Minimizer

"Ladies' Home Journal" recommends Almay’s reasonably priced Pore Minimizer to help rid your skin’s surface of potential pore clogging substances. This pore fix serum uses salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells, thus reducing the appearance of large pores.

Avon’s Mark Need a Shrink? Pore Minimizer Lotion

"Marie Claire" magazine says to include this oil-free lotion in your travel carry-on. Mark, Avon’s virtual beauty and fashion boutique, includes Need a Shrink? Pore Minimizing Lotion. It packs a powerful punch with ginseng, grapefruit, orange and pomegranate extracts to tone and cleanse your pores.

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