Best Skincare Products to Unclog And Minimise Pores

by Sofia Kim and Claudia Tan
LIFESTYLE  |  June 19, 2018
  • Get that porcelain complexion you've been dreaming of
    1 / 27 Get that porcelain complexion you've been dreaming of

    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.

    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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  • Canvas Neroli Balance Purifying Mist ($62.40 for 100ml)
    2 / 27 Canvas Neroli Balance Purifying Mist ($62.40 for 100ml)

    Canvas Neroli Balance Purifying Mist contains nourishing and hydrating ingredients like neroli oil, white willow and gingko. White willow is able to efficiently minimise the appearance of enlarged pores for smoother looking complexion. Pro-tip: You can apply it on top of your make-up if you are going for a dewy look.

    Available at www.canvasbeauty.com.sg 

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  • Senka Perfect White Clay Facial Cleanser ($8.90 for 120g)
    3 / 27 Senka Perfect White Clay Facial Cleanser ($8.90 for 120g)

    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 selected Watsons, Welcia-BHG, BHG and Don Don Donki

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  • Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($40 for 150ml)
    4 / 27 Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($40 for 150ml)

    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 Kiehl’s stores

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  • Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser ($18 for 170ml)
    5 / 27 Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser ($18 for 170ml)

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

    Available at Etude House stores

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  • Codage Pre-Treatment Toning Lotion ($70 for 200ml)
    6 / 27 Codage Pre-Treatment Toning Lotion ($70 for 200ml)

    This contains a gentle concentration of fruit acids and salicylic acid to unclog pores, remove impurities and dead skin, which in turn boost skin’s radiance and smoothness.

    (Also Read: Add These Ingredients to Your Smoothie For Pretty, Healthy Skin)

    Available at Escentials Paragon and, Escentials Tangs Orchard and www.escentials.com 

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  • Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Minimizing Shake Tonic, ($66 for 100ml)
    7 / 27 Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Minimizing Shake Tonic, ($66 for 100ml)

    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 Estee Lauder counters at leading departmental stores and www.sephora.sg

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  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner (430 for 250ml)
    8 / 27 Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner (430 for 250ml)

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

    Available at Innisfree stores

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  • The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-cleansing Exfoliator ($24.90 for 100ml)
    9 / 27 The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-cleansing Exfoliator ($24.90 for 100ml)

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

    Available at The Body Shop stores

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  • Dr. Jart+ Poremedic Pore Minish Peeling Gel (441 for 70ml)
    10 / 27 Dr. Jart+ Poremedic Pore Minish Peeling Gel (441 for 70ml)

    Formulated with a cocktail of antioxidant-rich fruit ingredients, this gentle peeling gel removes dead skin cells and effectively unclogs pores.

    (Also Read: 9 Skincare Tips to Manage Oily Skin)

    Available at www.sephora.sg 

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  • Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Pore Essence ($108 for 40ml)
    11 / 27 Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Pore Essence ($108 for 40ml)

    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 Su:um37 counters at Tangs at Tang Plaza and Vivocity and Isetan Tampines

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  • Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum, ($79 for 30ml)
    12 / 27 Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum, ($79 for 30ml)

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

    Available at Clinique counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Clarins Double Serum ($125 for 30ml)
    13 / 27 Clarins Double Serum ($125 for 30ml)

    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 Clarins counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Guerlain Abeille Royale Dark Spot Corrector Pore Minimizer ($217 for 30ml)
    14 / 27 Guerlain Abeille Royale Dark Spot Corrector Pore Minimizer ($217 for 30ml)

    This contains a potent blend of selected bee products to treat dark spots., as well as refining powders to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores.

    Available at www.sephora.sg 

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  • Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb ($80 for 30ml)
    15 / 27 Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb ($80 for 30ml)

    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 Origins stores and www.sephora.sg 

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  • Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion ($27.90 for 100ml)
    16 / 27 Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion ($27.90 for 100ml)

    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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  • SK-II Skin Refining Treatment ($197 for 50g)
    17 / 27 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)
    18 / 27 Caolion Premium Pore Original Pack ($30 for 50g)

    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 www.sephora.sg

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  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($88 for 100ml)
    19 / 27 Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($88 for 100ml)

    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 Fresh stores and www.sephora.sg

     

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  • Dior Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay Mask ($92 for 50ml)
    20 / 27 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 ($15 for 18g)
    21 / 27 Mamonde Pore Clean Blackhead Stick ($15 for 18g)

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

    Available at www.sephora.sg 

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  • Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask ($38 for 70ml)
    22 / 27 Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask ($38 for 70ml)

    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 Laneige stores and counters at leading departmental stores

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  • The Moisturizers Co. Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream ($78 for 50ml)
    23 / 27 The Moisturizers Co. Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream ($78 for 50ml)

    This could be the holy grail for those with oily skin. The non-greasy and gel-like consistency of this cream contains niacinamide, which effectively controls oil production to minimise enlarged and clogged pores. Look forward to refined pores and clearer complexion.

    Available at www.themoisturizers.com

    (Also read: How to Improve Your Complexion in a Week)

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  • Nivea White Oil Clear Super Mousse ($9.90 for 150ml)
    24 / 27 Nivea White Oil Clear Super Mousse ($9.90 for 150ml)

    Nivea’s White Oil Clear 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 Cold Storage, Giant, Guardian, Watsons 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)
    25 / 27 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)
    26 / 27 This Works Evening Detox Cleansing Water ($42 for 200ml)

    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 www.sephora.sg

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  • Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant ($33.90 for 200ml)
    27 / 27 Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant ($33.90 for 200ml)

    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 leading pharmacies, Robinsons, Welcia BHG, Changi General Hospital, National Skin Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, www.zalora.sg and www.lazada.sg

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