Clear Pores for Clearer Skin and Smaller Pores

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Keeping pores clean is an important part of every skin care routine. Pores become dirty from a buildup of oily sebum, cellular debris, and bacteria which clogs the pores. When all of this residue comes in contact with oxygen, the pores become darker and are called blackheads. The blackheads act as a plug in the pores. The body keeps trying to rid itself of oil being produced, but oil cannot escape the skin because of the blackhead. Instead, all of the oil builds up behind the blackhead and causes acne.

Besides causing breakouts, when pores become dirty, they appear larger. You cannot permanently change the size of your pores, but you can affect whether they appear larger or smaller.

To avoid acne and enlarged pores from appearing, consider some ways to keep your pores clean:

  • Use makeup sparingly. A heavy liquid foundation can settle into pores, clogging them and making them appear larger. Use as little foundation as possible and blend carefully. If using a powder foundation, brush off the excess powder on the face.
  • Wash face. Try to wash the face carefully twice a day with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Avoid harsh cleansers and hot water, which can dry out skin. Exfoliate skin once a week for deep pore cleansing.
  • Avoid touching the face with your hands. The hands contain bacteria, dirt, and oil which can easily be transferred to the face and clog pores. Wash hands frequently to avoid bacteria transfer.
  • Wash pillowcase. Pillowcases should be washed about 2 times per week because dirt and oil builds up on the pillowcase and can easily travel to the face during sleep.

Dr. Perricone’s
Skin Clear Cleanser is a deep cleaning acne cleanser that removes surface contamination while reducing excess sebum oil. This cleanser is safe enough for people of all skin types to use twice a day for cleaner, younger skin.

Skin Clear Cleanser contains:

Antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid

  • Protects the cell
  • Diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration
  • Refines skin texture
  • Reduces pore size, imperfections, puffiness, and uneven skin tone

Salicylic Acid

  • Cleans pores
  • Clears acne breakouts

Eucalyptus Leaf Oil (anti-bacterial)

  • Clears breakouts and blemishes
  • Cools and calms inflamed skin

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37 Comments • Please comment below


  1. I would very much like to try this! Thanks!

  2. I would love to try test this product!! My poresare so deep around my face and always get atleast 1 pimple a week!! Helpp!!

  3. i would love to test out this product

  4. would love to test that on my pores, always need help with that problem

  5. I had horrible acne from ages 11 to 26.Now at age 50, I still have excessive oil and large blackheads. My skin problems are compounded by fair, sensitive type, with red hair. I would like to get rid of these blackheads, and get my oil under control without drying out the frown lines at the corners of my mouth.

  6. This blog was very informative. Can you recommend a good foundation for blackhead prone skin? I am trying to perfect my skin so makeup is optional, but until then, I’d like to cover my freckles and redness with something gentle and TRULY non comodogenic.

    I’ve a huge fan, and a young one!

  7. I love this cleanser. I am going to be 40 years old and have more trouble with blackheads and large pores now then I ever did as a teenager. My Mother bought me some of this to try and I LOVE IT! I have used products from cheap to expensive. I just finished using KS products and this beats it!!

  8. I’ve had large pores on my cheeks for years and would like test this product because I really need a product that can help with it.

  9. I’ve had enlarged pores forever it seems, and would love to test this product out because I would like to find a product that helps this need.

  10. I have large pores. I have been using Dr. Braandt’s Pores No More. It works O.K. I would like to be a tester for a better product.

  11. I am 31 years of age and have relatively minimal skin concerns except for pores and discoloration (minimal). I would love to try this product and become a tester. I would also tell everyone I know if it works!!

  12. I’m interested in all acne products and even blog about acne. I would like to be tester as well. And would feature this product on my site.


    Rebecca Boville

  13. I don’t have really any acne except blackheads, I have always had a problem with them. Maybe this product could help!

  14. i’m 19 and am just now having trouble with skin problems. i’m hoping that your products will work for me!

  15. I found this blog pretty informative, as blackheads are my arch nemisis. I didn’t know to avoid hot hot water to keep my skin from drying out. Neat! Another thing that works for me is throwing in a little baking soda into my face wash. It keeps my skin super clean and glowing! Dr. Perricone’s skin clean cleanser sounds like a winner, however for me, the eucalytus oil may be to drying….

  16. I am a Latina, and I have 23 year old. My skin type is combination skin. As a latina, I live in a tropical Island,(P.R.) where the climate is always hot and very humid. I have problems with large pores, and greasy T-zone on my face. Latina women always fight with skin problems, due to the weather. I would absolutly love to become Perricone MD tester!!

  17. I am 61 years old and still have trouble with blackheads. I have tried everything and still cant get rid of them. I know this product would definately work wonders,

  18. I have painfully sensitive skin combined with combination skin. It has been impossible for me to find a cleanser that will work for the combination skin and the sensitivity without causing an ugly and painful rash. I would love to test this product out and see how it works for me!

  19. I would love to test this product as I’ve had blackheads on my nose my whole life, enlarged pores. I’m 50 yrs old, still have never found anything that works.

  20. I am 33 and have large pores around my nose and would like to banish them for good!

  21. i would like to become a tester

  22. I think if you keep your face clean and moisterized right you should not have a problem with blackheads.

  23. I would love to try this product for my pores. I have not yet found a product that delivers what is says to make pores appear smaller.

  24. This product sounds like everything but the kitchen sink. I have tried numerous products and nothing works to make my pores seem smaller. PLEASE HELP!

  25. I remember as a young adult noticing the large pores on my mother’s face and wondering what that was all about. Well, now that I am 41, I am getting first hand experience with the increasing size of my pores. I really like the skin care system that I use but it doesn’t seem to help with the large pores.

  26. I have been wanting to try these products but they are beyond my budget. Would love to a tester!

  27. Those are some good tips! Blackheads are so hard to target but this product sounds like it could do some amazing things.

  28. I am 38 and i have had large pores ever since i was a teen. I tried everything…

  29. The large pores around my nose make me self-conscious. This product sounds like something I should look into.

  30. I have large pores on my nose, and nothing seems to help. This sounds like a great product.

  31. i have very large pores and would love to find a product to help

  32. My sister and I love your products and would be amazing product testers. I’m 28 years old and my sister is 24.
    this product cleared our skin so well that i don’t have to use another product! I’m also a big fan of the concentrative restorative treatment.

  33. I am a 34 year old mother to 4 boys and would love a quick and easy way to treat my enlarged pores.

  34. What a great product- large pores have been an ongoing struggle for me for several years, as well. It’s so embarrassing!


  36. I am 24 and have large pores, i havent found a product that works for me yet! i would love to try yours

  37. I’m 41 and have had large pores and blackheads since I was a young teen. This product sounds like something that I need!