Using the wrong skin cream can clog your pores and make them look bigger, according to skincare expert Paula Begoun. In contrast, some of the best skin creams--as selected by beauty and skincare professionals--can help shrink or disguise your pores for a smoother and more flawless complexion.
Dermadoctor Picture Porefect Pore Minimizing Solution
Dermadoctor's wittily named pore-shrinking cream comes recommended by Good Housekeeping magazine's beauty editors as a quick way to minimize the appearance of large pores. It's formulated with retinol and alpha hydroxy acid to help exfoliate and dissolve oil and dead skin that may clog and stretch your pores. It also contains skin-soothing ingredients like moisturizing emollients, as well as antioxidants derived from natural sources like green tea.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More
The beauty editors of Harper's Bazaar magazine praise Dr. Brandt's pore-minimizing cream. It's formulated with ground flaxseed to help absorb excess oil and keep your pores from getting clogged, while light-diffusing particles help cosmetically camouflage your pores. If you have sensitive skin, you'll be glad that this cream contains no irritating sulfates, petrochemicals or synthetic perfumes.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night
Large pores often become blocked with oil, which can lead to a host of problems, such as blackheads. Peter Thomas Roth's night moisturizing cream is recommended by Marie Claire magazine to handle such pore problems. It helps clear out your pores to allow them to return to their naturally smaller size, while retinol helps battle wrinkles. Additional skin-beneficial ingredients include antioxidants like vitamin E and panthenol, as well as aloe vera gel.
Skin Effects Sun Effects Sunscreen Lotion
Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist reviewing pore creams for Good Housekeeping magazine, says exposure to the sun can make your pores look bigger. The magazine recommends Skin Effects' cream as a good pore-protecting sunscreen. It exceeds the minimum SPF recommendations set by the American Cancer Society and also guards against aging, with damage-preventing antioxidants like vitamin E, vitamin C and wrinkle-smoothing vitamin A.