Men tend to have oilier skin in general which is advantageous because it means our skin is always well moisturised but on the negative side the excess oil means that blackheads and pores that are large in appearance can be a problem for many. Excessive ‘shine’ on the face is another problem but that’s for another post!
You’ll tend to find that men have larger pores and blackheads on their noses but they can appear on either side of the nose or anywhere else for that matter.
Now if you read through the posts on acne and blackheads you’ll already have a pretty good idea of how to minimise them. In this post we’ll briefly summarize the solutions and discuss a few cosmetic solutions to this problem.
You can’t decrease the size of a pore but by keeping it clean you can dramatically diminish its appearance. There are 3 products that’ll make pores look smaller:
AHAs, BHAs and Retinoids.
AHAs will exfoliate your skin, BHAs will clean all the gunk inside your pores and Retinoids will thicken the skin to make them less apparent. You can use an AHA and BHA product together, a BHA and retinoid together or all 3 if your skin is very resistant (since using all 3 can be VERY irritating to the skin).
A good way to lessen the amount of products you’re using is by buying a combination product that includes 2 of the ingredients above (meaning you only need one product to deal with pores/blackheads).
Remember when using AHA/BHA/Retinoids for the first time, the skin will ‘purge’ impurities from the depths of the skin, meaning all the gunk will surface and you may experience increased breakouts for the first 2 weeks. Stick with it and your skin will be looking better than ever, purging should never last more than 2 to 3 weeks – if it does, ditch the product.
Another good fix is weekly use of a face mask on problem areas (anything with clay or sulphur, preferably both!), read my face mask post for recommendations!
As for cosmetic quick fixes, there are a few tricks to diminish the pores while still leaving them looking natural. The best thing to use is anything silicone based like Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector, apply this to your problem areas after moisturising and it will conceal all the pores and blackheads on your face. The silicone base will literally ‘fill in’ the tiny holes on your face while the tint will disguise them completely. The tint is very natural/sheer so providing you blend the product into your face well, it’ll look completely natural.
It comes in different colours so make sure you choose the right one; there aren’t many to choose from and the sheerness allows for some room for error in shade selection if you’re buying online.