Nothing is more annoying than to have to deal with big pores. No matter what brands promise, “shrinking” pores is not possible — and, unfortunately, the best we can do is to keep them clean and clear so it doesn’t look worse. I don’t have huge pores, but my pores are visible. It’s important for me to use foundations and BB creams that conceal pores since that’s the look and finish I prefer. Occasionally, using a primer before base products helps with pores and oil control as well. Currently, my favorite primers are the Benefit The POREfessional primer and the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15.
Lately, I’ve been using the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner that can be found here on eBay. I can’t say that it’s been doing anything magical for my skin or pores, but it’s great for controlling oil — which is a bonus for me. This product claims to be a 7-in-1 toner that:
1. deep cleanses pores
2. maintains ph balance
3. controls a large amount of sebum
4. minimizes appearance of pores
5. refines skin tone
6. keeps the elasticity of pores
7. moisturizes inside and outside of the skin
The toner feels nice and refreshing on the skin, so it’s nice to apply it in the mornings. I like the toner for its oil-controlling abilities, but it really doesn’t clean my pores or minimize the appearance of them either. I think I will continue to use this throughout the summer since it feels nice and it controls oil, but I think doing regular masks and exfoliating your skin is more important for caring for your pores than anything else.
Etude House is a Korean roadshop brand, so it’s budget-friendly even though it’s not readily available here in the U.S. I recommend this toner for those with oily and combination skin.
Made in Korea.