man washing faceDid you know the average adult has 20,000 facial pores? According to Heathline, pores are small openings in our skin that release oils and sweat. While you cannot change the actual size of these openings, you may have seen skin care products that promise to “minimize” the appearance of pores.

The smaller your pores are, the cleaner your skin looks. Bigger pores invite more oil and bacteria buildup. Acne, sun damage and the use of harmful products can all enlarge your pores. Here are a few ways to minimize the appearance of your pores.

Choose the Right Products

Everyone’s skin is different. As such, it’s important to determine which skin care products are best for you! If you’re prone to oily skin, try using water-based cleansers. These products hydrate your skin, while keeping it free of grease and oils that can enlarge pores.

Gel-based products are a good option for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Gel can remove oil from your pores without causing irritation, which is an important factor when shopping for moisturizer and eye cream.

Exfoliate Your Skin

In addition to sun damage and aging, dead skin, dirt and oil can clog pores and make them appear larger. Exfoliating twice a week can have a huge impact, by removing this debris.

Be careful you’re not exfoliating too much, which can ultimately damage your skin. Beyond dryness, over exfoliation can weaken your skin and make it more susceptible to bacteria.

Establish a Routine

Do you have a skin care routine? Having a regular regimen can play a huge role in the improvement of your skin’s health and overall appearance. A basic routine includes:

  1. Washing Your Face: This should be done in the morning and at night to remove any buildup of oil and dirt.
  2. Moisturizing: This can help prevent dryness and the buildup of dead skin that could potentially clog pores.
  3. Removing Makeup: Doing this before bed is crucial! Leaving makeup on can expose your pores to dirt and bacteria.
  4. Wearing Sunscreen: No matter the season or weather, always apply sunscreen to prevent sun damage. Dry and damaged skin can make your pores appear larger.

Get Regular Facials

Facials are one relaxing way to minimize your pores! At Catherine and Company, we offer a couple treatments that focus on cleansing pores.

Essential European Facial

The Le Grand Classique is deep pore-cleaning facial that’s perfect for all skin types. Our five-step purifying process will clean and exfoliate your skin, without the risk of irritation. After your facial, talk with our experts about how to continue caring for your skin from home!


This painless and non-invasive facial uses natural mineral crystals to exfoliate skin. Cleansing your face of dead skin cells can help shrink your pores. This treatment is also great for those who want a more youthful appearance and fresh, healthier skin.
Enjoy healthy, beautiful skin with smaller pores! To schedule your facial at Catherine and Company, contact us today.