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A bane of all women – and men: enlarged pores. Oily skin, acne, poor skincare regime, sun damage and smoking are some of the reasons why  our pores look enlarged.

When faced with the problem of enlarged pores, you have two ways of combatting it: treating them and hiding them.

Take note, though, that at the initial stage of treating the pores, you may notice that they seem more obvious at first. That’s because after removing all the impurities, what’s left is a clean and empty pore thus casting a shadow on it, resulting in pores looking more obvious than before. Although this will eventually improve, you may want to use some products to hide them while treating them.

Here are some products that you can use to minimise the enlarged pores.

Treat: Philosophy total matteness, oil-free mattifying pore eraser

 philosophy total matteness oil-fre mattifying pore eraser

This newly-launched product from philosophy helps to absorb excess oil and control shine with the use of bamboo extract, while lentil seed extract helps to strengthen the pore wall. Your dead cells are being removed too thanks to salicylic acid.

Based on their research, 88% of users feel their pores were noticeably reduced after four weeks.

The philosophy total matteness, oil-free mattifying pore eraser 30ml bottle is available at Bugis Junction #01-16, Tangs Orchard and all Sephora outlet for SGD 65.

Did you know that natural bamboo extract can absorb 200% of its weight in oil, thus making it a natural solution to shine and pore management?

Treat: Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment

perricone md intensive pore treatment

Designed with a patented, state-of-the-art science,  Intensive Pore Treatment reduces clogging and excess oil. This product has been proven as effective and delivers superior results with 86% of users feeling that their pores look significantly smaller.

Being a clinical brand, this product has a strong clinical smell and tingles a little on the skin.

Perricone MD is carried by Escentials stores, located at Paragon, Tangs Orchard and Marina Bay Sands.

Hide: Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional

benefit porefessional

This best selling product from Benefit quickly minimises the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Its lightweight, translucent, and oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. It also contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free-radicals.

Available at all Benefit counters at SGD 48.

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Hide: Ettusais AC Pore Smooth Concealer


fThis triple effect concealer provides coverage, prevention and improvement when it comes to visible pores. It prevents shadows from forming in pores by dispersing the light and keeps shine at bay for a “pore-less” finish.

This product is available in BHG, Isetan and Metro at SGD 36 for a 12g bottle.