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10 Cleansers to Try for Tighter, Less Visible Pores

Just add water.
10 Cleansers to Try for Tighter, Less Visible Pores
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Just add water.

Just because we physically can't make our pores smaller doesn't mean we should stop trying! If anything, we should work even harder to keep them clean—because spoiler: That's one of the very few ways to make them less visible. To get your pores to calm down, leave it to your cleanser to do the unclogging for you. Scroll ahead for our deep-cleaning picks!

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PIXI Glow Mud Cleanser, P1190, Glamourbox

This product is a triple threat—it cleanses, exfoliates with glycolic acid, and clears your pores like a clay mask—all in one wash.

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MARIO BADESCU Enzyme Cleansing Gel, P1283,

This cleanser is so gentle (it doesn't even foam!) yet so good at removing dirt. It won't make your skin feel as dry as rubber either!

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DERMALOGICA Dermal Clay Cleanser, P1950, Rustan's

If you love clay masks but only have time for one cleanse, you have to try this. It has water-soluble kaolin clay for that pore-vacuuming effect and plant extracts like ivy and lemon to help you combat excessively oily skin.

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ORIGINS Modern Friction Cleansing Oil with Radiance-Boosting White & Purple Rice, P1700, SM Makati

Cleansing oils are actually some of the best products for dislodging gunk from your pores, especially those from makeup. This dual-phase one brightens as it cleans, so your skin looks poreless and radiant.

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TARGET PRO Essential Hot Cleansing Gel, p1199, Watsons

This gel feels like a hot bath for your pores. Massage it on your face for a full minute to let the diamond sirt and thermal spring water do their soothing and unclogging magic.


KOH GEN DO Cleansing Water, P1995, Beauty Bar

Cleansing waters are perfect for a no-fuss cleanse that doesn't require a sink. Pick one that's extra hydrating and free of harsh ingredients so you can pass on the water without worrying about a pimple outbreak.


COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser, P540, Watsons

This cleanser will come in handy when your skin is feeling more congested than usual. It has salicylic acid that helps lift impurities from your pores, making them tighter and less visible!


TOSOWOONG Enzyme Powder Wash, P545, Beautymnl

Once in contact with water, this powder transforms into a luxurious foam wash that deeply cleans your skin without drying it out (it has a pH of 5.5!). 


ACNE CARE Anti-Acne Bar Soap, P149, Lazada

If you're having a particularly bad breakout, switch your usual face wash to this bar with tea tree oil and sulfur. Not only will it help slough off dirt from your pores, it'll also shrink any pimples on the surface. (Tip: You can use it on your body, too!)


NIVEA Acne Clear Whip Foam, P169, Watsons

Unclogging your pores shouldn't make you feel desert-dry. Formulated without alcohol, this foam claims to help congested skin with carnitine, an amino acid that cleanses the pores and treats oily skin.