Best Ways to Avoid and Minimize Skin Pores: Maintain Smooth Face

Here are the best and most effective ways on how to avoid and prevent large skin pores and minimize them so your face and skin will stay smooth and maintain its younger look. We call it here “pampakinis ng mukha” without using expensive beauty creams, cosmetics products, anti-oxidants and without having to try those painful and expensive face peeling sessions and surgeries. We can always have our natural home remedy products as another option.

I will share here the tips to maintain healthy and younger looking skin for everyone living in the Philippines. The weather here is always hot. If you’re living in almost same environment and weather like the Philippines, these tips can also work for you.

What causes large skin pores?

Skin pores are tiny hair follicles in the skin. We all have them and they are almost invisible when we’re young because our skin is healthy, firm and tight when we’re younger. As we age and as we’re exposed to pollutants, our pores become larger. To sum up, here are the causes of large skin pores:

  • Dirt and oil – because they clog our pores
  • Dead skin cells – as we age our skin becomes less elastic
  • Using strong chemicals on the face and skin such as those with alcohol and acid
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sleep
  • Genetic factors
  • Pimples and acne
  • Pricking blackheads, whiteheads and pimples can cause permanent large pores
  • Hot weather and environment

How to minimize skin pores

Solution for having large and visible skin pores. The solution is simple – maintain a healthy and clean face. Our moms and grandmas are correct when they say “wash your face when you wake up, before you sleep and whenever you feel malagkit. It is important to start the hygiene routine while you’re still young so you can maintain your zero-blemish face and have a youthful flawless skin.

The challenge here is discovering what skin care products to use. Not all those skin care ads endorsed by your favorite celebrity are effective and skin-friendly.

I apply this skin pampering routine personally and I prefer mild and gentle products. All of which can be bought in malls nationwide. I recommend them to everyone 18 years of age and above. If you’re below 18 or in puberty stage, chances are you might experience lots of hormone changes so you’re prone to acne and pimples. I only advise you to use Olay or Dove, shower everyday, and wash your face before you sleep and not worry anymore.

Your skin will heal itself. If you use peeling and strong skin care products, your young skin could be upset and would cause worse skin problems. When we sleep, our skin repairs and renews itself so it’s not advisable to apply strong creams on it.

Follow these tips and practice them regularly:

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1. Wash and clean your face with mild and gentle soap like Olay, Dove, and Johnson’s Baby Milk soap. I recommend using any of these soaps when you shower too. It is important to use soft towel when you wipe and dry your skin.

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2. Exfoliate with your skin with a mild scrub preferably with ingredients like cucumber, sugar, oats, and apricot, I like St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it has natural fruit extracts. Exfoliating invigorates the skin and un-clogs dirt and oil from pores. Do this 3-4 times a week. Don’t do this consecutively. Don’t exfoliate everyday. You can also apply home remedy scrub by mixing egg white with oats or milk with oats.

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3. Use mild toner to clean the deep dirt and oil on your pores especially before you sleep. I recommend doing this 3-4 times a week especially during hot season. I recommend Kiehl’s and Eskinol. I use Eskinol right now coz it’s cheaper than Kiehl’s and the result is the same.

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4. Moisturize when you need to moisturize especially during cold season (Oct.-Feb.). I love Olay, Kiehl’s and Ponds. I’ve been using Olay for 8 years now. One secret I wanna share about using moisturizers is I keep mine in the ref. You can apply moisturizer after toner or after you wash your face.

It depends if you need toner. Sometimes you may not need it. How do you know if you need to apply toner? If you feel that washing your face is not enough to clean even the deepest dirt. Apply moisturizer before you sleep during cold season. Your skin will thank you.

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5. Use mild powder or foundation. When it comes to skin, the milder the better. I honestly don’t use foundation much. It’s not an everyday regime for me. I use Olay moisturizer after I wash my face and then apply mild powder above it. The texture and result is better than foundation and BB Cream.

6. Drink 6-8 glasses of water everyday. It won’t only help your body hydrated but also keep your skin healthy.

7. Shower everyday for chocolate’s sake! It doesn’t only clean you. It makes your day positive.

8. Exercise regularly. I mean the outdoor running, jogging, biking or swimming in the morning. Nothing compares to breathing the clean air in the morning, your skin soaking up sunshine and the happy feeling it brings. It feeds the soul. It’s invigorating. Anything that invigorates is good for the skin. BTW, sunshine (til 9am) gives Vitamin D which is good.

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9. Rub your skin some ice-cubes sometimes. Wrap the ice with soft cloth or fabric. It tightens and shrinks pores. I love this especially during summer. Make sure though you have washed and cleaned your face before you cool it down.

10. Have enough sleep and avoid smoking. You’re not a cast of The Walking Dead.

11. Have enough Vitamin C. 500mg is recommended daily.

Now share your beauty tips on how to minimize pores and maintain younger looking skin

Fehl is the founder of Philpad and has been writing online for 12 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Accountancy and a background in Finance. She is a licensed Career Service Professional and author of a poetry book at Barnes & Noble. In her spare time, she likes to travel and discover new places.

59 thoughts on “Best Ways to Avoid and Minimize Skin Pores: Maintain Smooth Face”

  1. Hi! Good Day! im a boy 22 yrs. old.. ok rin po ba ang master na deep cleansing sa boys? or should i switch to eskinol? kasi kala ko dati pang girls lang po yun eh.. my problem is.. ndi n pantay ng kulay un skin ko dati sa face.. and medyo dumami yung deep pores.. anu po kayang best solutions na pwede nyung irecommend sakin? i don’t use powder and any facial cream’s just only Master.. thanks for the reply..

  2. Hi ms fel.
    Ask ko lng sna f tama ba ung gmit ko since dming tumubong tigyawat sa face ko .. dti gmit ko shulamite soap .. nung una okay nman sya pero nung month ko ng gamit ngkaron ako ng mrming tigyawat .. ngaun ngtry ako ng rdl papaya soap ung classic then celeteque hydration moisturizer .. pang2days ko plng na gmit ung celeteque at rdl soap .. pansin ko kse acne prone na ko eh tpos pansin ko din na open ung pores ko .. anu po gagawin ko .. okay ba ung celeteque hydration moisturizer na gamitin every morning at night together with rdl soap .. my mga pimple mark na din ako .. gosh sumpa tlaga ??

    Ask ko din ung ( BEAUCHIE PRODUCT UNG SET ).. pwede kaya sken un ngaun ??
    Advise nman po oh .. pls ??
    Thanks .

  3. nakaka close pores po ba yung eskinol pimple fighting facial deep cleanser?with using dove bar soap and then olay Natural white skin?and rubbing ice?thanks

  4. hello po ms fel. im boy po pano po matangal yung pecas/ mantsa sa mukha? hindi namn po ako tagyawatin. pampakinis lang po talaga need ko. Advice naman po thanks.

  5. Hi Ms. Fehl!! After ko pong magpa facial nagka bumps po yung face ko but not pimples. Ang sabi po nagka whiteheads ulit kase open pores thats why may bumps. Ano po dapat gamitin para di na bumalik whiteheads ko especially open pores ko? Hope to receive a response from you po.

    • Use a toner para matighten ang pores mo. Use mild soap like Olay or Dove. Follow my tips above. If makinis and wala ka naman pimple, di naman advisable na magpa-facial ka kasi ang skin naten may self-healing and self-restoration when we sleep. Lalo lang magigising ang pimples mo pag pinagalaw mo. magastusan ka pa. Huwag ka din magpupuyat.

  6. Hi. Thanks for the article. It’s very helpful. I just purchased all this expensive cleanser, treatment, moisturizer etc but am thinking to move to a simpler gentler skin routine. I’m not sure if the expensive stuff is effective or working after two weeks no improvement. I have these really annoying large pores on my nose. Would your approach work to reduce the size of pores?

  7. Hi Ms. Fehl what will you recommend po for acne? Pls help me po cannot go out w/out mask nakaka frustrate po talaga. Thank you.

    • I’ve never used yet apple cider on acne but I’ve tried it on itchy rashes on my leg, it was effective. Note, I used Organic and non-filtered apple cider

  8. Hi Ms. Fhel, I’m 16 and these pimples have been bothering me for the past 2 weeks. I’m using cetaphil mild facial cleanser even before i had these, i have a clear and smooth face before and i dont know what happened. Im not sure if this product suits me. Do you think I should stop using this cleanser and merely wash my face with water instead? Thankyou so much. Your reply would mean a lot! 🙂

  9. Hi, ang pagkakaalam ko is 75mg lang po ng vit. c ang recommended daily? Hindi po ba magkakaroon ng toxicity kapag sobra sa vit. c?

    • Try to find a capsule or tablet of vitamin C with exactly 75 mg. The stuff you can buy in the drugstore is 500 mg. The body absorbs what it needs to absorb and the excess vitamin C will be expelled through peeing.

  10. Hi, Ms Fhel! Is kiehl’s toner available here in the Philippines? Where can I find it? And also the St. ives? where can i buy those? Thank you so much!

    • Yes, Kiehl is available in SM Makati, Greenbelt, or Mall of Asia. St. Ives is available in any SM mall (dept. store or Watsons)

  11. Hi Ms. Fehl!

    Thank you for these tips! Btw, are there some products that can remove dark spots from face caused by pimples? Thank you 🙂

    • If the dark spots can’t be removed or erased by facial creams or other products, try some products that have cleaning, moisturizing, peeling and rejuvenating benefits like Beauche

  12. Hi Ms. Fhel, my concern is about my pimples im already 21 my pimples strated out break when i was 20 i dont know if the reason behind is my make up i put in my face.. I tired a lot of soap like johnson, ponds, asia’s secret etc.. But it doesnt work also toner of eskinol.. Pls help me to back my face and my confidence.. Thank you

    • Try to use Dove classic and try not to wipe or rub your face with hankies or towels as much as possible as it spreads out germs. Also wash your face when you wake up, shower in the morning and at night

    • Hi, I just want to share my exp with pimples. I’m a freelance model before I have this crazy breakouts. Try using benzac 5mg I really does help in fighting acne-causing bacteria in days. Though it helps in fighting acne but it doesn’t do its miracles in scars and spots. For that I used snow aura mask, may kamahalan pero worth it. I bought my aura mask for 1500. Pero grabe yung confidence ko bumalik ng sobra 100x. I also stop using strong soaps kasi hndi sya nakaktlong and I use dove smooth and gentle sa skin. Try looking for @noble_hoarder or prestige international skincare by mj. I bought it there

    • Yes, my brother uses it too. Follow the tips I mentioned above and do it regularly. I also want to add, avoid wiping your face so much using rough towel or cloth whenever you perspire. Just tap a soft cloth gently when you need to. Rough towel can irritate your facial skin

  13. Hi Ms. Fehl, I don’t have an oily skin but I still want to take care of it. Will it hurt my face to use these products even though I have minimal face skin problems?

    • Hi there! I also have normal skin and I’m thankful for that and I only need to take care of it and maintain it as smooth as possible. The products mentioned here are 100% tested and applied by me personally and I recommend them for everyone since they are very mild to the skin. They won’t ever hurt your face, just apply the tips when to apply them, and you’re good 🙂

  14. thanks for this article ^_^ its very clear and easy to understand, i hope di na talga lumala paglaki ng pores sa mukha ko -_- ayokong tumanda ng maraming butas sa muka tulad nina choco* at jose man* hahaha

  15. Haiiissstttt…. I did try Olay (vanilla) Soap, kaso lang i feel like NOT CLEAN, hehehe.. feel sticky talaga eh… before wapakels ako sa mga ganyan (or dahil wala lang pambili before 😀 ), but now, i think I need to pamper na rin myself since i’m mid-30 na… diko nlng isipin an gpresyo ^_^

    • No Olay soap suits my skin but Olay Age-Defying (the ones they sell in S&R). Yeah the weather makes the skin sticky so I try to avoid those foundation and just rely on Olay cream Total Effects (for Gentle skin) with Johnson powder above it. I don’t do other routine except the ones mentioned in this post and regularly taking Vitamin C, running in the morning, and drinking 8-10 glasses of water/day.

      Hey Shinel, you shine girl!

    • I think don’t use harsh and strong facial creams and other products. Your skin needs to repair itself and you don’t wanna distract it by applying creams with strong chemicals. Try using mild soaps like Olay and Dove that are sold in S&R. See picture above. And apply Olay Total Effects (for Gentle skin) after your washed your face.


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