Best Skincare Products to Unclog And Minimise Pores

by Sofia Kim and Claudia Tan
LIFESTYLE  |  August 20, 2020
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    Clogged and enlarged pores is a common skincare concern many of us are faced with. Here, we have curated a list of the skincare products you need to add to your collection to help unclog and minimise pores.

    Note: Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

    Main photo: 123rf.com. All other photos provided by the respective brands.

    A version of this article originally appeared on www.femalemag.com.sg.

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  • Senka Perfect White Clay Facial Cleanser ($7.90 for 120g)
    2 / 23 Senka Perfect White Clay Facial Cleanser ($7.90 for 120g)

    Buy from Watsons or Guardian

    Infused with Shiseido’s patented moisture-boosting Aqua-in-Pool ingredient, Senka Perfect White Clay Facial Cleanser is able to provide a deep cleanse while delivering hydration to your skin. It also contains white clay that effectively removes grime and dirt trapped in your pores.

    Available at Watsons, Guardian, Welcia-BHG, BHG and Don Don Donki

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  • Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($25 for 150ml)
    3 / 23 Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($25 for 150ml)

    Buy from Sephora

    This is formulated with Amazonian white clay to gently remove oil, dirt and toxins that clog pores. Another key ingredient is oat kernel meal, which is an excellent natural exfoliant and absorbent of surface oil, and is also known for its anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.

    Available at Sephora and Kiehl’s stores

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  • Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser ($18 for 170ml)
    4 / 23 Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser ($18 for 170ml)

    Buy from Shopee or Lazada

    This foam cleanser effectively removes impurities in pores. It also contains blue beads that help to remove accumulated sebum on skin.

    Available at Shopee, Lazada and Etude House stores

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  • Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Minimizing Shake Tonic ($30 for 150ml)
    5 / 23 Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Minimizing Shake Tonic ($30 for 150ml)

    Buy from Sephora

    Made with a nutrient-dense micro-algae blend of chlorella, spirulina and laminaria saccharina, this refreshing toner purifies and balances the skin while reducing shine and minimising pores.

    Available at Sephora and Estee Lauder counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner ($20.70 for 2 x 200ml)
    6 / 23 Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner ($20.70 for 2 x 200ml)

    Buy from Shopee

    This daily pore treatment toner made with Jeju volcanic scoria helps to remove excess sebum and minimise the appearance of pores.

    Available at Shopee and Innisfree stores

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  • The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-cleansing Exfoliator ($25 for 100ml)
    7 / 23 The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-cleansing Exfoliator ($25 for 100ml)

    Buy from Shopee

    Infused with mineral-rich seaweed, jojoba beads and olive stone, this helps to refine pores while deep cleansing skin.

    Available at Shopee and The Body Shop stores

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  • Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Pore Essence (from $80 for 40ml)
    8 / 23 Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Pore Essence (from $80 for 40ml)

    Buy from Shopee, Zalora or Tangs

    Made with fermented fruits and pine tree leaf to control sebum production, this is suitable for oily and combination skin. Fermented bamboo sap and the brand’s Aquafirm complex is said to hydrate skin for up to 24 hours.

    Available at Shopee, Zalora, Tangs and Su:um37 counters at Tangs at Tang Plaza and Vivocity and Isetan Tampines

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  • Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum ($85 for 30ml)
    9 / 23 Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum ($85 for 30ml)

    Buy from Tangs

    This lightweight, oil-free serum clears out pore-clogging debris and oil to reveal a smoother complexion.

    Available at Tangs and Clinique counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Clarins Double Serum (from $125 for 30ml)
    10 / 23 Clarins Double Serum (from $125 for 30ml)

    Buy from Shopee, Tangs or Clarins

    This dual-phase hydric and lipidic anti-ageing treatment is rich in plant extracts and stimulates the five vital functions of the skin. Its unique formula combines 20 of the most powerful anti-ageing plant extracts with turmeric extract, which is concentrated in turmerone to effectively and visibly treat signs of ageing. It also helps to restore radiance and evenness, as well as diminish the appearance of pores.

    Available at Shopee, Tangs, Clarins and Clarins counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb ($80 for 30ml)
    11 / 23 Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb ($80 for 30ml)

    Buy from Sephora, Zalora or Tangs

    This hardworker contains Canadian willowherb, Persian silk tree and a potent blend of active ingredients to support smooth, refined pores and boost skin’s overall quality.

    Available at Sephora, Zalora, Tangs and Origins stores

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  • Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion ($27.90 for 100ml)
    12 / 23 Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion ($27.90 for 100ml)

    Buy from Watsons

    This lightweight, hydrating emulsion contains natural BHAs, which aid in keeping your pores clear of impurities. It also contains centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and soothe skin.

    Available at Watsons

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  • Lancome Clarifique Refining Enzymatic Dual Essence ($140 for 150ml)
    13 / 23 Lancome Clarifique Refining Enzymatic Dual Essence ($140 for 150ml)

    Buy from Sephora or Tangs

    Developed specifically for Asian skin and suitable for sensitive skin, this essence contains French beech bud extract that contains enzymatic properties that help to refine and brighten the skin, reducing the appearance of pores. It also has grapeseed oil which is rich in linoleic acid to strengthen skin’s barrier function. Shake before use for an even blend. The product even comes with a whisk to help with that.

    Available at Sephora and Tangs

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  • SK-II Skin Refining Treatment ($197 for 50g)
    14 / 23 SK-II Skin Refining Treatment ($197 for 50g)

    Infused with the brand’s star ingredient, Pitera, and an active BHA, this exfoliates and removes dead skin cells as well as prevents the build-up of old skin cells and clogged pores.

    Available at SK-II counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Caolion Premium Pore Original Pack ($30 for 50g)
    15 / 23 Caolion Premium Pore Original Pack ($30 for 50g)

    Buy from Sephora

    With a purifying formula that contains glacial clay to remove impurities and tighten pores, this will help you achieve a smoother complexion fast.

    (Also Read: 8 Best Toners For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin)

    Available at Sephora

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  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($88 for 100ml)
    16 / 23 Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($88 for 100ml)

    Buy from Sephora

    This detoxifies skin without stripping away essential oils. It also contains the brand’s mineral-rich Umbrian clay that combats congestion and clarifies skin.

    Available at Sephora and Fresh stores

     

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  • Dior Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay Mask ($92 for 50ml)
    17 / 23 Dior Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay Mask ($92 for 50ml)

    With a creamy texture, this lightweight mask is made with jojoba oil and natural minerals to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and mattify skin.

    (Also Read: 5 Terrible Ways Stress Makes You Look Older)

    Available at Dior counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Mamonde Pore Clean Blackhead Stick ($18 for 18g)
    18 / 23 Mamonde Pore Clean Blackhead Stick ($18 for 18g)

    Buy from Lazada

    This moisturising cleansing stick deeply cleanses pores while removing dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, clearer and more even skin tone.

    Available at Lazada

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  • Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask ($38 for 70ml)
    19 / 23 Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask ($38 for 70ml)

    Buy from Tangs

    Formulated with the brand’s Pore Minimising technology, this strengthens skin’s barrier, removes excess sebum and tightens pores while providing hydration to skin.

    Available at Tangs and Laneige stores and counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Nivea Hydration Super Mousse ($9.90 for 150ml)
    20 / 23 Nivea Hydration Super Mousse ($9.90 for 150ml)

    Buy from Guardian

    Nivea’s Hydration Super Mousse contains patented ingredient Hydra IQ – a super soft and fluffy micro-foam that is able to penetrate deep into your skin to cleanse and hydrate. The best part? It is soap- and alcohol-free so you don’t have to worry about it being too harsh on your skin.

    Available at Guardian, Cold Storage, Giant, and NTUC Fairprice outlets

    (Also read: 7 Skincare Cleansing Sticks That Are Perfect For Gym or Travel)

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  • Elizabeth Arden Probiotic Cleanser ($48 for 125ml)
    21 / 23 Elizabeth Arden Probiotic Cleanser ($48 for 125ml)

    We love the whipped, mousse-like consistency of this Elizabeth Arden’s Probiotic Cleanser. It transforms into clay to provide a deep cleanse. The clay acts like magnets to unclog pores and remove impurities while the presence of glycerin ensures that your skin’s moisture is not stripped away by the cleanse. Plus, it is infused with a probiotic complex that will help to support your skin’s natural defenses.

    Available at leading departmental stores

    (Also read: Here’s Why Probiotic Skincare is Trending and How Improves Your Skin)

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  • This Works Evening Detox Cleansing Water ($42 for 200ml)
    22 / 23 This Works Evening Detox Cleansing Water ($42 for 200ml)

    Buy from Sephora

    Other than sweat and sebum that is produced by your glands throughout the day, your complexion is also exposed to pollutants from the surrounding environment that may cause clogged pores, dull skin and even accelerated ageing. That’s why This Works has formulated an Evening Detox Cleansing Water to fully cleanse and clear the build-up of grime and dirt at the end of the day.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant ($33.90 for 200ml)
    23 / 23 Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant ($33.90 for 200ml)

    Buy from Shopee, LazadaWatsons or Guardian

    Enlarged pores often results in oily skin. Bioderma’s Sebium range is specially formulated to deal with shiny, greasy faces. The Sebium Gel Moussant contains zinc sulfate which can help keep your sebaceous glands under control and copper sulphate contains antibacterial properties to keep breakouts at bay.

    Available at Shopee, LazadaWatsons, Guardian, Robinsons, Welcia-BHG, Changi General Hospital, National Skin Centre, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital

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