How to close pores on the face

Updated March 23, 2017

Some of us have naturally noticeable pores, or maybe a recent skin irritation has left you noticing your pores more than you'd care to. Whatever the case, shrinking and closing your pores can be simple and easy, but it is not permanent. Incorporate a few tips to take care of your skin and your pores into a daily regimen.

Purchase a facial toner. Available at your local beauty supply store and in the skin care section of most grocery stores, a toner can help close pores as well as maintain healthy skin. Chose a toner that advertises pore minimising characteristics. Morning and night, apply toner to the face, using a cotton ball.

Soak a washcloth in cold water and allow the cloth to rest on your face for 5 or 10 minutes. Just as heat opens pores, cold closes them. For quicker results, you can use ice cubes (alone, or within your washcloth) to apply cold to your open pores.

Use foundation and powder to conceal pores. After your morning skin care regimen, apply foundation and powder to help conceal open pores. Choose a brand that helps with wrinkles and skin care, as it will also benefit your skin health.

Consult a professional. Although there is no permanent fix for large pores, having a professional facial can give you specialised advice and product recommendations as to how to best care for your skin and close open pores.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • Facial toner
  • Wash cloth
  • Ice
  • Foundation, powder
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About the Author

W. Nicole Barclay has been writing and editing professionally since 2004, focusing on the fashion and retail industry. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design and holds a Bachelor of Science in history, international affairs and archeology from Northeastern University. She has completed master's degree work in public policy and nonprofit administration at Northeastern University and The American University in Cairo.