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Minimising Pores: Debunking Misconceptions & Everything You Need to Know for Effective Results

Pores are a natural part of our skin's structure, serving as channels for sebum (oil) and sweat to reach the surface.

While they are essential for healthy skin function, many people want to minimise their appearance for a smoother, more refined complexion. So let's dive into the truth about pores, common misconceptions, and practical tips for managing them.

Understanding Pores

Pores are small openings on the skin's surface that house hair follicles and sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that helps keep the skin moisturised. 

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Did You Know?

Other than genetics, our pores can become larger with age, hormones, sun damage, picking or squeezing, loss of elasticity. They can also sag with too much sun exposure. Weather also can affect pore appearance because heat causes our blood vessels to dilate, making our pores bigger.

All this is to say, you can't actually "reduce" or "remove" your pores. There is no such thing as a "poreless" complexion. But we can work on making them appear smaller - and the question becomes how do we properly clean and treat our pores

Common Misconceptions About Pores

Pores can open and close Pores don't have muscles to open and close. The idea that pores can be "opened" by steam and "closed" by cold water is a misconception. However, steam can help loosen debris within pores, making it easier to clean them.
Pores can be permanently shrunk You cannot permanently shrink pores. Their size is primarily determined by genetics. However, you can minimise their appearance with proper skincare techniques and products.
Extractions and pore strips can solve the problem While extractions and pore strips can remove blackheads and debris temporarily, they do not address the underlying causes of clogged pores and can sometimes cause skin irritation that can lead to larger pores.

Effective Tips for Minimizing the Appearance of Pores

1. Cleanse Thoroughly

Use a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser twice daily to remove dirt, oil, SPF and makeup. Definitely stay away from using harsh cleansers or soaps that can strip away the skin's natural oils. 

Sometimes "more is more" - as in more problems. When using harsher cleansers and stripping your skin of its good, natural oils, it's actually counterproductive and will trigger the skin to produce more oils, making your skin more oily and causing more issues to your pores. This is why at Bedaskin, we always advocate for a gentle approach. 


Pro Tip - try looking for a water based cleanser that has a gel-like consistency. Wash your face for at least 1 good whole minute to ensure that you are properly cleaning your skin and pores. 

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Double Cleansing - excessive or essential?

It might sound a bit excessive to use two cleansers, and even contradictory. But double cleansing is one of the "extra" skincare steps that is truly effective and worth it - especially if your concerns are blackheads and noticeable pores. Double cleansing after a long day out,  wearing makeup and SPF will have your pores thanking you. 

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It's simple chemistry! An oil based cleanser to break down oil soluble impurities and a water-based cleanser to break down water soluble impurities. 


1. Use an oil based cleanser first on dry skin to break down oil based products and debris. Take your time with this and massage your face. You might even start to notice actual black beads come out of your pores. Rinse off with water until clean.

2. Use a gentle water based cleanser next to remove the water soluble impurities left on the face, and rinse off with water. 

Your skin is now thoroughly cleaned to absorb all the goodness of your next skincare products. 

2. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells that can clog pores. Use a chemical exfoliant with ingredients like salicylic acid (BHA) or glycolic acid (AHA). These acids can penetrate the pores and help dissolve sebum and debris.

I'm a big fan of chemical exfoliants over physical - this means I prefer using products that have AHAs and BHAs more than a face scrub for example. The only "physical" exfoliation that I enjoy using is actually just using our re-usable cotton pads to gently rub the surface of my skin. That's actually all you really need, and let the chemical exfoliants do the real magic. 

Our tried and tested Multi Active Treatment Essence is as gentle and effective as it gets. A well beloved, hydrating chemical exfoliant thats so easy to use. 

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What People are Saying

"I'm one month into beda and I love how it makes my skin looks and feel - pores are obviously smaller and texture is very smooth and soft. I've cut down my routine to toner, beda and cream - simple and effective. Highly recommend!"


Bedaskin Multi Active Treatment Esssence
Bedaskin Multi Active Treatment Esssence

3. Use Retinoids

Retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) increase cell turnover and prevent the formation of clogged pores. Over-the-counter options like retinol or prescription-strength retinoids can be highly effective.

One of the most popular retinoids is Tretinoin. This is a powerful product and depending on where you are in the world, you may need to consult your doctor to get a prescription. My dermatologist recommended Tretinoin for my post-inflammatory acne scars and to improve my overall skin barrier health. Tretinoin with the concentration of 0.025% - 0.05% is all you need, and the results go a long way.

Be mindful to ease this product in your routine, starting with once a week and building your way up.

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Using a good layer of moisturiser before applying your retinoids will also help protect your skin and make the process easier. Definitely wear SPF during the day and reapply, especially if you are going to incorporate retinoids into your night time routine!

4. Actively Look for "Pore Minimising" Ingredients

Although there aren't products or specific ingredients to change the size of your pores, there are many star ingredients to clean the pores and hydrate the skin, giving the appearance of smaller pores and smoother complexion.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) helps regulate sebum production and improves skin elasticity. It can also help to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores over time.

Salicylic Acid (BHA) is a keratolytic agent, meaning it helps to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. It loosens and removes dead skin cells from the surface, preventing them from clogging the pores.

Lactic Acid (AHA) is known to be very hydrating unlike other acids, and its also the most gentle acid to use. This is great for plumping the skin and reducing the appearance of pores.

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Green tea is great for a plethora of things, but as far as pores are concerned, green tea is great for oil control. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties will also help with acne and clogged pores. 

If you want a deeper dive on the benefits of green tea read our previous blog:

5. Stay Hydrated

Hydrated skin is plumper and less likely to have visible pores. Incorporate deep penetrating, hydrating serums/essences and use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser that won't clog pores but will keep your skin hydrated.

Drinking enough water can also help with your skin health. Having a well-hydrated body shows through your skin, as the skin cells are nice and plump with enough hydration. 

Drinking enough water helps your body flush out toxins, including the ones that are causing your breakouts. So be sure to be sipping water throughout the day, especially in super warm climates. 

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P.S this nifty skincare device (aka "the Hailey Bieber Booster") is also really useful for skin hydration and deeper absorption of skincare products!

6. Apply Sunscreen Daily

Sun damage can cause skin to become thicker and pores to appear larger. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from UV damage.

Weather affects us because heat causes our blood vessels to dilate, making our pores bigger. This is why people always say splashing your face with cold water can "tighten" pores - what actually happens is our blood vessels constrict so they "tighten" up but its not permanent.

Tips for those of us who live in warm climates:

  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure
  • Use a hydrating mist to cool skin down
  • Use sun protection - umbrellas, visors, hats
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7. Consider Professional Treatments

For more persistent pore concerns, professional treatments like chemical peels, laser therapy, and microdermabrasion can be beneficial. These treatments should be performed by a licensed dermatologist or skincare professional.

Laser treatments is a good option to consider. Dermatologists can administer laser to resurface your skin. Lasers can help with a variety of skin issues, including reducing the appearance of large pores. Essentially, laser exfoliates the top layer of skin and encourages collagen to form below. Win-win.

There are also other treatments like IPL, chemical peels, micro-needling, etc. Talk to your derm (Or our favourite Dr. Hui Yin) about options and whether laser is suitable for you.

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8. Opt for Non-Comedogenic Products

Use makeup and skincare products labeled "non-comedogenic" to ensure they won't clog your pores.

Speaking from my own experiences, the main reason why my skin clogs up and my pores become much more noticeable, is from using makeup products that aren't compatible with my skin.

Finding non-comedogenic makeup has really helped me still enjoy makeup without sacrificing my skin health. 

Same thing goes for skincare products, especially moisturisers and sun protection. These products in particular I have to make sure that they are labeled as non-comedogenic and are compatible with my skin. 

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Lifestyle Changes to Support Clear Pores

Healthy Diet Consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals supports overall skin health. Try to avoid as much as you can foods with high sugar. Dairy has also been linked to acne and may contribute to clogged pores.
Avoid Touching your Face Hands can transfer dirt and bacteria to your face, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. 

Frequently wash your hands if you're a habitual face/hair toucher. 

Using products such as a really thick hand creams may also contribute to clogged pores if you frequently touch your face, so it's a good habit to pick up to not touch your face too much. 
Avoid Skin Picking & Popping Zits A guilty habit for many, but definitely one to break and avoid. Picking your skin and acne will only do more damage, cause your pores to enlarge and leaving scars. 
Regular Exercise
Exercise increases blood circulation and promotes sweating, which can help clear out pores.

Always make sure to cleanse your skin after working out to remove sweat and debris. Even if its just with plain water, washing your face after a sweaty workout can go a long way with preventing acne and clogged pores. 

Honourable Mentions - Pore Loving Products


Murad Clarifying Cleanser
Murad Clarifying Cleanser (water-based)
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (oil-based)
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (oil-based) 


Beauty of Joseon Glow Serum: Propolis + Niacinamide
Beauty of Joseon Glow Serum: Propolis + Niacinamide 
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA toner
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA toner
CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum
CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

Treating Pores with the Gentle Approach

While it's impossible to eliminate pores entirely, a consistent skincare routine tailored to your skin type can significantly reduce their appearance. 

Focus on maintaining healthy skin through gentle cleansing, regular exfoliation, and the use of targeted treatments like retinoids and niacinamide. 

Remember, pores are a natural and essential part of your skin's anatomy, and with the right care, you can achieve a smoother, more refined complexion. Focus on proper and gentle cleansing, exfoliation and hydration. 

With love, 



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