Can Certain Vitamins Shrink Pore Sizes?

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Making certain changes to your face regimen can help minimize the appearance of pores, but you can't shrink them completely. (Image: Svetlana Khvorostova/Hemera/Getty Images)

Controlling the actual size of pores is virtually impossible without laser treatments or strong, intense medications. While pores may shrink while taking a product such as Accutane, once you go off it, they generally return to their original size. But don't get discouraged: Minimizing your pores is possible, and incorporating certain vitamins into your skincare regimen can help.

Minimizing the Appearance of Pores

Some products that contain retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, can help make your pores appear smaller. By increasing cell turnover, these products help unclog pores, which in turn minimizes their appearance. Vitamin C is also a key ingredient in cleansers and creams, as it helps increase levels of collagen and elastin; this prevents pores from stretching and expanding. Look for a facial serum containing vitamin C and apply it topically; it can cause the skin around your pores to swell slightly, so the pores will then appear to contract.

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