Pore Perfection: Expert Tips for Refining Pore Size

Sydney Solon

Global Marketing

4 min read

Expert Advice

Let’s talk about refining pore size.

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Everybody has pores, they are just part of life. From genetics and hormones to excess oil, the sun, or aging, enlarged pores can be caused by a number of reasons. And while you can't physically reduce pore size, there are effective skincare rituals and products that target pores and visibly refine them for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion.

Step 1: Cleanse away pore-clogging impurities

So, let’s talk about enlarged pores. Pores clogged with sweat, oil, and other environmental stressors appear larger. Cleanse away these pore-clogging impurities with Kombucha 2-in-1 No-Rinse Cleanser & Prebiotic Treatment. This one-step cleanser and treatment is a no-rinse formula that sweeps away pollutants, impurities, makeup, and sunscreen. Formulated with antioxidant-rich kombucha and prebiotic inulin, pores are refined while feeding the skin's microbiota to protect your natural barrier. For clean, balanced skin and a naturally smooth texture, simply saturate a cotton pad and sweep across the face and eyes until the cotton pad comes away clean.

Step 2: Apply a pore-purifying mask

Looking to purify your skin in five minutes? The Umbrian Clay Pore-Purifying Face Mask deeply cleanses and minimizes the look of pores without stripping for clear skin. Exclusive to fresh, the mineral-rich Umbrian clay mask has a spreadable texture that absorbs pore-clogging impurities and excess oil while soothing skin and visibly reducing redness. This noncomedogenic formula functions as a mask, face wash, and spot treatment for all skin types*—including dry & sensitive skin—that absorbs impurities while soothing.

Step 3: Tone and balance

Next up in your pore routine is the toner. To balance, nourish, and strengthen skin’s barrier, we love Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner. This best-selling, alcohol-free formula is powered by rose fruit extract, damask rose extract, and rose oil—and infused with real rose petals—to refine the appearance of pores for an instantly smoother, more even complexion. Skin is left soft and supple all day long, plus moisture is retained to limit the absorption of impurities and environmental stressors.

Step 4: Treat

Aging is another natural reason pore size can visibly increase. A serum formulated to strengthen skin’s barrier is the answer—aka Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum. This anti-aging serum resists and diminishes signs of aging by improving skin’s resilience. The result? Smooth, glowing skin that can bounce back from life’s stressors. Expertly sourced ingredients—including Adaptive Phytocompound Tea (APT) Technology™, 5kDA hyaluronic acid, and Ceramide III—moisturize and strengthen the skin, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But niacinamide is the potent ingredient getting to work on pores. It’s a type of vitamin B that helps reduce the look of pores by increasing the skin’s elasticity. After eight weeks, our customers saw a 61% reduction in visible pores**!

Step 5: Hydrate and refresh

Excess oil can also clog and enlarge pores, which makes choosing a non-comedogenic moisturizer non-negotiable. Our choice? Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Emulsion. This lightweight, fluid moisturizer delivers instant, deep hydration with a weightless texture and smooth finish. Ideal for oily and combination skin, it's fast-absorbing and doubles as a primer for smooth makeup application.

Step 6: Maintain

If your skin looks and feels good right after your morning skincare ritual but builds up an oily sheen throughout the day, Rose Pore-Minimizing Hydration Mist will be your best friend. This refreshing face mist softens and soothes your skin for hydrated, dewy skin pre-or-post makeup. Enriched with damask rose extract and rosewater, this multi-purpose face mist helps to reduce the look of pores while instantly replenishing skin. Gently spritz on the face and neck and allow the scent of rose to softly wash over your skin. Use to prime, set, and refresh makeup throughout the day.

More of fresh

Still undecided? Discover more of the best skincare products to add to your routine for visible reduction of pore size. Whatever your skin concern, fresh creates everyday indulgences—in skincare, lip care, bodycare, and fragrance—to awaken senses and transform skin.

*normal, dry, oily, combination

**observed results, self-assessment by scoring, 33 subjects, eight weeks.

Author Profile
blog author Sydney Solon

Sydney Solon

Global Marketing

Sydney is a NYC-based marketing strategist and skincare enthusiast. With experience at brands including Glow Recipe, Dr. Dennis Gross, and fresh, Sydney brings products from concept to bathroom shelf through consumer-first messaging directives and impactful campaign development.