How to Minimise the Appearance of Pores

Discover Charlotte’s tips, tricks, and must-have skincare icons to minimise the look of pores for a balanced, smooth looking, glowing complexion!

As we age, our skin’s natural cell turnover slows, resulting in a thicker layer of dead skin cells which can make the surface appear uneven and dull. Dead skin cells can build up and clog pores, making them appear larger and contributing to a general lack of radiance.

Darlings, Charlotte always says, “you can’t have a flawless painting without a flawless canvas!” A poreless-looking complexion will give you a beautifully smooth and sheen base for your makeup, whether you opt for an understated daytime look or full-coverage glam! Learn how to minimise the appearance of pores in your skincare routine using Charlotte’s skincare secrets with pore-shrinking ingredients, including the NEW! Glow Toner and AWARD-WINNING Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir!

How to Minimise Pores

How to Minimise the Appearance of Pores

While the size of your pores is mostly genetically determined and there’s no way to get rid of them altogether, there are steps you can take to help make them appear smaller. The right skincare can decongest, tighten and minimise the appearance of pores, so your skin looks unbelievably smooth and gorgeous!

  1. An exfoliating, wash-off, chemical mask in a white-coloured tube with gold-coloured text on it and its brown-champagne-coloured creamy swatch next to it.

    1. Exfoliate with Acid-Based Products

    Hydroxy acids, which help chemically exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores, are essential to a poreless-looking complexion! Charlotte’s Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial features a magical blend of three hydroxy acids to make pores appear smaller! Glycolic Acid is the smallest alpha hydroxy acid AHA molecule, allowing it to penetrate the skin’s surface and provide exfoliation. Salicylic Acid is an oil-soluble beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that helps to clear out and purify the look of skin. Bio Agave Acid is an extremely gentle source of poly hydroxy acids (PHA) that helps to brighten the appearance of skin by removing dead skin cells. Cleaner pores = smaller-looking pores! These three acids will give your skin a gentle yet powerful resurfacing facial, leaving it looking youthfully plump with tighter and more refined looking pores!!

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  2. A large, clear bottle filled with luminous, cream-coloured watery toner with a silver-coloured lid.

    2. Swipe on a Toner with Resurfacing Acid-Alternatives

    After cleansing your skin, flood your skin with a toner that targets and tightens the look of pores while enhancing glow and boosting hydration. Charlotte’s Glow Toner is like a BOOTCAMP FOR YOUR PORES and an energizing, hydrating toner in one. This miracle elixir leaves skin feeling gently resurfaced and preps it for the rest of your routine.

    Glow Toner helps boost natural surface skin cell turnover with a gentle exfoliating action over time and research-powered ingredients to reveal healthy, glowing looking skin! Found in Glow Toner are plant-derived skincare ingredients that help minimize the appearance of pores without the use of acids, making it suitable for everyday use:

  • PORETIGHT: Extracted from the Red Clover Flower, Poretight is a plant-derived pore-minimiser that helps to rebalance the skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and uneven skin texture.
  • NIACINAMIDE: Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, helps maintain optimal skin function, offers balancing, smoothing, pore-refining properties.
  • EXFOLACTIVE™: An extract from the Prickly Pear Cactus flower, EXFOLACTIVE™ helps boost skin’s natural exfoliation process whilst improving the appearance of clarity and luminosity.

Together, these ingredients in this miracle elixir preps skin and makes pores appear as though they’ve disappeared! Use Glow Toner on cleansed skin both morning and night to contribute to pores that appear smaller and skin that feels smoother!


  1. An open, pearly-white face serum in a glass bottle with a dropper applicator, in white and rose gold colour scheme.

    3. Apply a High-Performance Serum with Niacinamide

    Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir was created in collaboration with expert scientists to not only reduce the appearance of pores, but to also impart a gorgeously gleaming glow to your skin! This magical skin booster features Niacinamide and Lactic Acid to refine the look of pores and gently exfoliate along with a magical medley of supercharged ingredients: REPLEXIUM™ for younger-looking skin, Golden Vitamin C for a brighter-looking complexion, and hydration powerhouse Polyglutamic Acid, a hydration powerhouse that makes skin look plump and radiant! In a user trial, 91% agree pores appear tighter and more refined * and in results observed in a clinical study, pores appear reduced by 40% in 8 weeks**!

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    *Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir tested on 209 people aged 18-80 over 4 weeks **Observed in clinical tests on 35people aged 18-80 over 8 weeks

  2. Banner with a primer in a white-coloured tube with a white-coloured lid with text on it that reads, 'invisible UV Flawless poreless primer SPF 50 PA++++'.

    4. Wear SPF Every Day

    Whether you’re at your desk or on a date, it’s important to wear SPF, rain or shine! UV rays are one of the top contributors to visible skin aging, as they break down your skin’s collagen, the protein that helps keep your skin looking firm and elastic. If your skin isn’t protected with a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen, the resulting damage will cause pores to appear enlarged. Charlotte’s Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer is the ultimate soft-focus beauty glow filter that creates the most beautiful poreless-looking canvas for makeup while providing hydration and essential daily UVA/UVB defense with SPF 50! Slather it on under the iconic Airbrush Flawless Foundation to fake filtered skin and help keep your pores looking healthy!

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REPLEXIUM™ is a trademark of BASF Beauty Care Solutions France SAS

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.