5 Natural Tips on How to Minimize Pores on Your Face 

Pores. Everyone has them! The look of enlarged pores can be frustrating, but understanding what they are and the different factors that affect their size can help you manage their visibility. Are you looking for solutions on how to shrink pores, fast?  Keep reading for our research-backed advice.

What are pores?

First things first, what are pores? Your skin is composed of oil pores and sweat pores—oil pores are actually hair follicles. Each contains a sebaceous gland that produces oil (sebum), and these pores tend to be a source of our cosmetic discontent.   

How to make cheek pores smaller? Use glacial clay! 


Why do I have enlarged pores? 

It all begins when your oil glands produce too much oil. This excess oil mixes with other debris, like dead skin, makeup and dirt, causing a clog within the pore. Unsurprisingly, this clog makes it difficult for the oil to flow freely, which causes the pore to enlarge.

Understanding a few important details about pores can help you reduce their size in a natural and healthy manner; helping you avoid potentially harming your skin with unnecessary chemical-based products. 

Three Important Things to Know About Pores:

  1. Environmental factors, aging, dry skin, oil and acne can all make your pores look bigger.
  2. Regular cleansing can help minimize the appearance of pores.
  3. Too much cleansing can cause your pores to produce more oil.

How can I make my pores less visible?

We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks to help you reduce the size of your pores. Take these steps to keep your pores clean and healthy to minimize their appearance. 

Use a Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask

At NENA Skincare, we harvest our Glacial Oceanic Clay once a year along the northern coast of British Columbia.  This mineral-rich clay works to naturally exfoliate the skin while simultaneously revitalizing and improving skin texture.  Glacial Oceanic Clay helps remove oil, dirt, and dead skin from deep inside your pores to make them look smaller. In a study conducted on the natural skincare benefits of glacial clay, it was shown that the Glacial Oceanic Clay used in NENA’s Clay Mask produces a significant average reduction of 95% in skin surface sebum after the application of the clay on the face. In that same study, it was found that Glacial Oceanic Clay has an immediate effect in reducing the appearance of pores, particularly dilated pores. 

two NENA Clay Mask 30 gram tubes

The Glacial Oceanic Clay in NENA Skincare products can help reduce the appearance of pores

Keep your skin clean 

Cleanse twice a day to remove makeup, oil, dirt and debris. The best types of cleansers get rid of excess dirt and oil without stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Looking to switch cleansers?  Our NENA Natural Facial Cleanser purifies and gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a fresh, glowing appearance and skin that’s soft to the touch.


Exfoliating your skin 1-2 times per week will help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Exfoliation helps get rid of excess flakes that can clog your pores without over-stripping your skin of its natural properties. 

Moisturize for balanced hydration

One of the most common mistakes people with oily skin make is to skip out on moisturizer in fear that it will add more oil to their face. Moisturizing products actually help regulate your natural sebum production by penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin. This not only reduces the appearance of skin surface sebum, but also helps to effectively condition your skin. Without properly hydrated skin, your skin could produce even more oil. 

NENA Moistruzing Cream bottle laying on a green leafAlways hydrate your skin even if you have oily skin.


Apply sunscreen year-round 

Sunscreen is a must-have for everyone so don’t let oily skin hold you back. Sun damage not only increases your long-term risk of cancer and wrinkles, but it can also dry out your skin and make your pores look bigger. Sun damage also breaks down collagen, which can lead to saggy pores.

  • Further reading: 7 Ways to Glacial Clay Helps Restore Youthful Skin

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