Answer: Blame your parents. Pore size is genetic, although acne, excessive exfoliation or damaging sun exposure can turn pores into potholes over time. The bad news: It’s impossible to permanently shrink them. The good news: You can minimize their appearance. Regular exfoliation with hydroxy acids keeps pores clean, while using clay-based masks with ingredients like kaolin and bentonite twice a week will have a refining effect, says Leanne McCliskie of the International Dermal Institute in Toronto.
Try Dermatologica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant and their Skin Refining Masque. You can get cracking with a low-tech remedy too. Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto dermatologist, suggests egg whites. Smear them on your face, then rinse.