Contrary to popular belief, our pore-related problems don’t just magically disappear after our teens. The size of our pores remain the same regardless of our age--it is genetic, after all! That’s why if you’re already in your 30s and still dealing with enlarged pores, there’s absolutely no need to panic. You can minimize their appearance with a few tweaks to your skincare routine, and eventually, you yourself might forget that you had huge pores to start with:

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1. Remove your makeup more thoroughly.

Large, visible pores could mean that you aren’t cleansing your skin as well as you should. If you wear makeup or sunscreen, we recommend not relying solely on your face wash to remove every bit of it. Instead, split your cleansing routine into two parts: First, remove your makeup with either a cleansing balm, oil, or micellar water, and then wash all the leftover product with your go-to face wash after. This will make sure you’ve taken every last bit of product and dirt on your skin, leaving nothing that could clog your pores!

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2. Use a treatment face wash.

Any gentle facial cleanser is a great choice for any age, but if you suffer from large pores and oily skin, having active ingredients in your cleanser could help you deal with these issues more directly. A face wash with a BHA like salicylic acid, for example, won’t just cleanse the surface of your skin, the acid will also dissolve the leftover sebum in your pores. Not only will this “tighten” your pores, it’ll help you prevent breakouts, too!

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3. Exfoliate with acids at least once or twice a week.

Products with AHA, BHA, and retinol are your best friends for achieving that poreless glow in your 30s. Exfoliate with products with these ingredients at least once or twice a week, be it with an exfoliating pad, toner, serum, or cream. The more regularly you exfoliate, the faster your skin will renew itself and look fresher and smoother overtime.

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4. Wear less base makeup.

Unfortunately, makeup is more of a band aid solution to large pores. Focusing on improving your complexion with skincare will help you address the issue better, and wearing less base makeup could speed up your progress. To start, you can switch to a foundation-free routine and simply cover your imperfections with concealer instead of having lots of product all over your face. Or, you can change to a lighter formula like a skin tint or tinted sunscreen, which can even out skin tone without that heavy feeling. A lighter makeup routine also means you’ll have less to wash off at night, so it’s a win-win!

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5. Never skip sunscreen.

Our skin loses elasticity as we age, which might be the reason that your pores are looking less tight in your 30s. Sun damage only makes matters worse, since UV rays break down the collagen and elastin in your skin, causing it to lose firmness and have pores appear more visible. To stop all that from happening, wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 daily to protect yourself from UV damage, which by the way, also causes fine lines and wrinkles!

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