10 Pore Minimizers Perfect for Summer

That age-old skin-care question, “Can you really shrink pores?” may not have the most promising answer—spoiler alert: you can’t—but there certainly are some solid products out there that can help improve their appearance.

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Jane Iredale BeautyPrep Hyaluronic Serum ($52)

Hot temps, sensitive skin types and even the most melting-inclined makeup can benefit from the pore-reducing magic of this multitasking serum—which somehow has the ability to erase all imperfections and add just the perfect amount of stay-all-day hydration.

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BioClarity Pore Purifier Clarifying Masque ($25)

Say hello to your new superfood mask, a potent blend of toning botanical ingredients and antimicrobial silver that soothes and smooths and even provides a slight cooling effect.

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Boscia Skin Perfecting BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38)

Once you get the shade right, the lightweight formula and sun-protecting, pore-perfecting power of this BB will have you skipping foundation all summer. 

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Erno Laszlo Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse ($55)

So refreshing you can practically feel it cleaning out pores, the secret to this hard-working cleanser is the black charcoal and fruit enzyme mix. 

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HydroPeptide HydraFlora Probiotic Toner Essence ($68)

Natural astringents (good-bye, oily patches) and skin-balancing pre- and probiotics make this much-more-than-a-toner the ultimate day-or-night pore minimizer. 

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Eminence Organics Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate ($62)

Yes, it's natural, but this resurfacing solution really does a number to exfoliate skin via lactic acid for an all-around smoother complexion in minutes—minus the redness. 

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Native Atlas Zahara Vitamin Serum ($68)

Native Atlas founder, Alexia Wambua, recommends this luxe-feeling watermelon seed and hyaluronic acid–rich serum for all skin types "to help minimize pores, tighten the skin and offer up glow"—but stresses this summer skin-care tip for best results: "Anyone with pore-minimizing goals should use a serum addition to the moisturizer, NOT as a replacement."

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Paula's Choice RESIST 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42)

Easy to mix in to any serum, moisturizer or worn alone, this supercharged booster was specifically formulated to address large pores, uneven skin tone and dullness and is especially good for "brightening" lackluster complexions post sun exposure. 

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Skinvolve Yasmine Botanical Face Essence and Toner ($42)

A hybrid essence-toner, this amazingly scented, wild-crafted formula utilizes aloe vera, flower extracts, Dead Sea salt minerals and jasmine sambac to tone, tighten and hydrate. 


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Odacite founder Valerie Grandury praises the pore-minimizing star ingredient of salicylic acid for propelling her latest blue-hued creation. "It makes it a great pore-minimizing cleanser—it has the capacity to exfoliate deep into the pores, helping to clarify clogged pores, flush excess oil, making them appear smaller and healthier-looking."