Skin Care Products for Large Pores

Everyone wants a satiny smooth facial complexion. Often the biggest thing that stands in the way of achieving that goal is the appearance of big pores.

Can you really make your pores smaller?

You can reduce the appearance of your pores, but there is almost nothing that will actually shrink their true structural diameter. This means that you want to put your efforts into shrinking their appearance!

What causes large pores?

The size of your pores is created by two things: first is the actual diameter and second is the plumpness of the skin around the pore. A plug of clogged pore debris or a blackhead will also make the pore look bigger, deeper and darker.

To understand how excessive skin plumpness plays into this so that you can use products that address it, think of your pores as buttons in a tufted pillow.  The plusher and puffier the pillow, the deeper the buttons look. The same is true with your skin. If you de-plump the top dead cell layers of your skin, it’s like making the “pillow” flatter … and your pores will appear somewhat finer and smaller. When you use a product that contains an astringent, such as witch hazel, the opening of the pore actually contracts a little. When you clean out the debris in the pores, they appear smaller, too.

What skin care tips will reduce the appearance of large pores?

  • Use skin toners and astringents, which remove skin oil, built-up dead cell plugs from pores and will also constrict the opening of the pore slightly. 
  • Exfoliatie and remove excess dead cells and help smooth-out the top layer of your skin called the stratum corneum.
  • Do sonic deep pore cleansing with the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System.
  • Use a clay mask or scrub once or twice a week to draw out oil from pores.

Use the essential 4 steps of my Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care Routine to get the best success in shrinking the appearance of large pores. Complete Skin Care involves the 4 steps of Cleanse, Correct, Hydrate and Protect. For example:

  1. Cleanse with a cleanser that removes skin oil and that penetrates into oily pores with salicylic acid. Good choices include my Foaming Acne Cleanser  and my Triple Action Exfoliating Scrub. Twice a week, use a more granular scrub with clay that will draw out debris from pores and exfoliate. My Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub uses an exothermic clay reaction to reach deeply into pores. Another option is to use a Facial Exfolating Sponge  daily with your favorite cleanser. Using the Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush helps remove pore-clogging debris that make pores look larger. Add a second skin cleansing step that adds the astringent witch hazel to help contract pores. Options include my Acne Treatment Pads for acne prone oily complexions, or my Pore Minimizing Hydrating Rose Toner.
  2. Correct using the toners and pads I mentioned as a cleansing step. Ingredients that loosen dead cells help, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol, such as my Retinol Night Cream. Consider using a clay mask as well.
  3. Hydrate with a moisturizer that balances your skin's hydration. Know that you may not need to apply moisturizer to all your skin such as that on your nose, which has more oil glands for the production of your skin’s natural moisturizer.
  4. Protect your skin using a zinc oxide sunscreen. Matte sunscreens, such as the Sheer Strength Pure Physical ™Matte Tinted or my Sheer Strength Pure Physical ™Invisible SPF 50+ Sunscreen,  are usually preferred by people suffering from a problem with large pores.

A Complete Skin Care Routine like this will help shrink the appearance of large pores and give you a more satiny smooth complexion.

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    Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

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    $365.85
  2. Dr. Bailey's Rosacea Therapy Kit

    Rosacea Therapy Kit

    The right complete skin care routine is really important to healing your rosacea. My kit offers products to keep your complexion clear, healthy, and comfortable. >

    $319.05
  3. Dr. Bailey's Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    My Pityrosporum folliculitis is essential if you have that odd type of acne that both itches and hurts, has bright red pustules and tiny flesh-colored bumps studding your skin and that represent clogged pores.

    $109.35
  4. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    $54.45
  5. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from the high concentration of acne medicine in the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength.

    $65.25
  6. Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Professional glycolic acid skin care products are among the best, non-prescription anti-wrinkle face creams that also fight sun spots. Glycolic acid rejuvenates and reverses so many of the signs of skin aging including: dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, sun spots, and crusty age spots.

    $64.80

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  7. Dr. Bailey's Men's Face Care Kit

    Men's Face Care Kit

    My Complete Skin Care Kit for Men fights facial redness and premature skin aging all at the same time. 

    $159.30
  8. Dr. Bailey's Green Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

    This near-magical product combination is indispensable in my dermatology practice for calming facial redness. 

    $88.20
  9. Dr. Bailey's Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Enjoy a new, winter escape and get rid of dull and dehydrated skin. Ring in the New Year with dewy, refined skin-texture and luminously-hydrated tone.

    $148.50
  10. Dr. Bailey's Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub™

    Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    Regular Price: $55.00

    Special Price $49.50

  11. Dr. Bailey's Fall Hydrating Skin Trio

    Deeply Hydrating Skin Trio

    Hot dry climates or cozy winter weather don’t have to mean dehydrated and dull skin. Change your skin care with the season.

    $125.55
  12. Dr. Bailey's Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™

    Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™

    Brighten your complexion with the extra clean that comes from using a gentle and non-drying toner after washing your facial skin.  

    $31.50
  13. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Regular Price: $46.00

    Special Price $41.40

  14. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $23.00
  15. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $27.00
  16. Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing bacteria p. acnes. It also unclogs pores to treat blackheads, making it an excellent acne treatment for facial acne, back acne, and other areas of skin with body acne.

    $21.00
  17. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  18. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc™ Cleanser

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $23.00
  19. Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
    $3.00
  20. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $21.00
  21. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $28.00
  22. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients you can use to reverse the signs of skin aging. Every serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product to improve your skin complexion quickly.

    $83.00
  23. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Ultra-high concentration retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients to fight skin aging. A serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product, and all-trans- retinol is the best non-prescription retinoid for the job.

    $94.50
  24. Dr. Bailey's Advanced Corrective Eye Cream™

    Advanced Corrective Eye Cream™

    6-in-1 technology to fight all eye-area problems in one cream! Advanced pharmaceutical-quality active ingredients in the correct balance to help fight aging and to improve the appearance of your eye area.

    $89.00
  25. Dr. Bailey's Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    State of the art antioxidant skin care powerhouse and my absolute favorite facial product. If you were going to pick just one antioxidant for your skin care, the best would be green tea - it helps calm skin redness and fights sun damage.

    $86.00

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  26. Dr. Bailey's Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter and smoother skin instantly! Instantly brighter, firmer, and smoother skin that keeps getting better and better with time.

    $82.00
  27. Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

    Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

    The perfect AHA face cream for normal and combination skin. Available in 10%, 15% and 20% strength for all skin types

    $31.00
  28. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Gentle, oil free hydration for facial skin. This light glycerin moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin and to use in combination with all of our therapeutic facial products.

    $26.00
  29. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  30. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  31. Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Silky and oil absorbing for a light weight matte finish. Use alone or as a finishing powder.

    $20.00
  32. Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Two lovely, soft shades to invoke a natural looking, delicate health-radiating glow to your skin (without the sun!).

    $17.00
  33. Dr. Bailey's Baked Mineral Powder™

    Baked Mineral Powder™

    Hydrating mineral powder for a luminous, velvety finish to your skin.

    $30.00
  34. Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Long-lasting, full coverage in a matte finish that won’t flake or cake.

    $24.00
  35. Dr. Bailey's Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Foaming cleanser for complete skin cleansing without drying. Ideal for sensitive skin or skin made sensitive by professional skin care routines (such as glycolic acid, retinol or acne products) or facial skin conditions such as rosacea or seborrhea. The Gentle Foaming Cleanser is an ideal cleanser to alternate with Calming Zinc or your acne cleanser.

    $25.00
  36. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

    Calming Zinc™

    My favorite skin cleanser for facial redness and yeast acne! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully fortified with a full 2% pyrithione zinc to help solve your skin problems.

  37. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
  38. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 2.5% Sensitive Skin

    2.5% is the “sweet spot” in benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. It gives you all the acne-treating power needed to fight acne-causing bacteria and blackheads, but it’s gentle on sensitive skin.

    $16.50
  39. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 5%

    Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective non prescription acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria P. acnes (now called C. acnes). The 5% benzoyl peroxide in this acne treatment cream is strong enough to treat tough acne, but won't irritate most sensitive skin.

    $17.00
  40. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 10%, Extra Strength

    A full 10% benzoyl peroxide is the highest concentration available over the counter and the most effective acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria P. acnes (now called C. acnes).

    $17.50
  41. Glytone Mild Gel Wash

    Glytone Mild Gel Wash

    This is an excellent exfoliating foaming cleanser that preps the skin for glycolic acid creams and lotions. It's an excellent cleanser for acne treatment or to exfoliate as part of an anti aging skin care regimen.

    $31.00
  42. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. Perfect for acne and anti-aging skin care for people with oily or normal skin.I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.

    $43.00
  43. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3

    The same light water base for oily skin as in the Glytone Exfoliation Lotion #2 but with a stronger level of AHA therapy. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin. I recommend conditioning the skin by beginning with Lotion #2 and then advancing to #3.

    $47.00

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