When achieving clear and radiant skin, caring for your pores is crucial. Pores are tiny openings on the skin that can easily get clogged with dirt, oil, and other impurities, leading to skin problems such as blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. Fortunately, there are numerous skincare products available that claim to help keep pores clean and minimize their appearance. Let me share my reviews on new pore skincare products for 2023 and let you know whether they’re worth the investment!
A quick disclaimer: the brands gifted me their products, and I am not obligated to write a review. But I decided to go ahead and write one anyway to share the love!
New Pore Skincare Products for 2023
Fenty Skin: Melt Awf Jelly Oil Makeup-Melting Cleanser
The Fenty Skin Melt Awf Jelly Oil Makeup-Melting Cleanser is a luxurious, oil-based cleanser designed to gently remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from the skin. The unique jelly texture melts onto the skin, transforming into a silky oil that effectively dissolves even the most stubborn waterproof makeup without leaving any residue. The formula is also vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, making it a great choice for sensitive skin.
- Kalahari Melon, Baobab, Sunflower, Safflower, and Castor Oils: Gently remove makeup, oil, and impurities while nourishing and conditioning skin.
- Rosemary, Clary, Bergamot, Orange, and Grapefruit Oils: Break down makeup, condition skin, and provide a light, refreshing scent.
- Shea Butter: Softens, conditions, and supplies abundant essential fatty acids.
“I got this product in February and fell in love! Truly melts your makeup away while also cleansing the skin! A little goes a long way in making your skin feel great! Another 10/10 product from Fenty Skin!” -foreverthird
The first thing that intrigued me about this product was the packaging. Cleansing balms typically come in a jar that you have to scoop out the product with your fingers or a spatula. But this one has pump-style packaging that makes it super convenient to use the product!
When using this product, I found the texture of the product to be very luxurious. It feels thick at first but melts into a thin and lightweight oil. The product did well washing away my sunscreen and any residue. After washing it off, my skin felt supple and soft, not tight and uncomfortable. It also left my pores feeling clean!
Herbivore: Aquarius Cleanser
A kinder and more gentle way to use an exfoliating product in your routine? Try an exfoliating cleanser! The Herbivore Aquarius Cleanser is a BHA gel cleanser that deeply cleans your pores and gently exfoliates your skin. It is best for oily-combination skin prone to acne and breakouts. The cleanser is formulated with salicylic acid and zinc, perfect for unclogging pores and controlling excessive oils. It is a non-drying formula with blue tansy oil to ensure the skin feels soothed and not stripped.
- Willow Bark BHA: A natural salicylic acid that clears clogged pores.
- Zinc PCA: Balances oil and helps prevent breakouts.
- Blue Tansy: Soothes the appearance of redness.
Herbivore has been one of my favorite brands recently. They have gentle yet effective facial and body products in their collection. I was excited to try this new cleanser from them because it sounds like the perfect product for daily gentle exfoliation, especially during the warmer months. And let me say; this product did not disappoint! This product gently exfoliates and brightens my skin, and it feels hydrating and does not strip my skin of its natural oils. It’s easy to use, simple, and a great way to exfoliate daily without irritation. Since I have super sensitive skin, I will probably use this every other day in rotation with my retinol.
Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Tight ’n Toned Pore-Refining AHA+PHA Toner
The Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Tight ’n Toned Pore-Refining AHA+PHA Toner is a powerful yet gentle toner that helps tighten and refine pores’ appearance. Enriched with AHAs and PHAs, this toner exfoliates the skin and promotes cell turnover, leaving it brighter and more even. With regular use, this toner can help improve the skin’s overall texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, and Polyhydroxy Acid Gluconolactone): Exfoliate and tightens pores.
- Lemon Extract: Visibly makes the pores look smaller.
- Yuzu Extract: Smooths skin.
“I love the look and feel of the metal bottle. It’s a fun formula for a toner foaming straight out of the bottle. It feels so nice when applied and absorbs very quickly into the skin. It has a very nice clean scent. I immediately noticed my pores shrunk, and my skin felt smoother. It has technology that tightens pores and exfoliates. I love this toner; it’s magic!” -aleyneonking
It has been a while since I have seen a brand make a foaming toner. This product is easy to use and simple. I love the colorful packaging, but I love the experience of using the toner even more. The bubbly texture helps the product absorb quickly and allows for easy application. The product makes my skin feel hydrated without it feeling like I am just putting water on my face. I experienced no negative side effects like tingling or redness. Instead, it left my skin feeling bright and smooth!
iNNBEAUTY PROJECT: Refine AHA + BHA Texture & Pore Serum
The iNNBEAUTY PROJECT Refine AHA + BHA Texture & Pore Serum is a potent serum designed to tackle various skin concerns, including uneven texture, dullness, and enlarged pores. Formulated with a blend of AHAs and BHAs, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid, this serum exfoliates and unclogs pores, revealing smoother brighter skin. It also contains centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid to help soothe and hydrate the skin, leaving it plump and youthful.
- 10% AHA and BHA Acid Blend: Features lactic, glycolic, and willow bark to help exfoliate skin and visibly smooth and degunk pores.
- 7% Pore-Refining Complex: Peptides, Bio-retinol, and clinically proven botanicals visibly reduce pores.
- Rice Starch and Mushroom Extract: Visibly tighten the look of pores.
“Definitely worth the price. Over time it made my skin more smooth and clear. I like the texture; make sure you read the instructions and follow them. Works very well with my other products, and I’d definitely recommend it if you deal with large pores and textured skin.” -nicoleivory
If you have to choose from all this list of new pore skincare products, this serum is worth the buy! If you are new to using actives like AHAs and BHAs, this may be a bit too intimidating to start with. But, if you are no one new to this blend of ingredients, you need it ASAP! The texture reminds me of their retinol serum, a lightweight creamy serum-like texture. It sinks into the skin well and doesn’t just sit on top of the skin. After extended use, it helps to really clarify and unclog my pores from the inside out. I have less texture and bumps, perfect for exfoliating the skin before the warmer months!
Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Smooth Sip Lightweight Gel-Cream Moisturizer
The Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Smooth Sip Lightweight Gel-Cream Moisturizer is a hydrating and lightweight moisturizer designed to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. Infused with squalane and aloe, this gel-cream moisturizer provides intense skin hydration, leaving it plump and youthful. It also contains niacinamide to help brighten and soothe the skin. With its oil-free and non-comedogenic formula, this moisturizer is suitable for all skin types, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a lightweight yet effective moisturizer.
- Niacinamide: This form of vitamin B3 smooths the look of pores.
- Celery Seed and Flaxseed Extracts: Visibly improve skin texture and supply high omega-3 and peptides.
- Squalane and Aloe Leaf Juice: Maintain hydration.
“I recently tried The POREfessional Smooth Sip Lightweight Gel-Cream Moisturizer, and I have to say, I’m impressed with this product! The lightweight gel-cream formula is refreshing and absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. I was happy it provided 12-hour hydration, as I often struggle with dry skin throughout the day. What’s even better is that the moisturizer visibly improved the texture of my skin, leaving it smoother and more even in appearance. It worked well under makeup, as it didn’t leave any residue or stickiness behind.” -Florayapi
During the warmer months, I prefer to use a lightweight gel moisturizer. So, when I received this new pore skincare product, I was excited to try it. It has a simple oil-free formula that helps keep my skin feeling soft and smooth. The texture is like a typical gel-cream hybrid, very thin but slightly opaque. I like using this in thin layers, especially in the morning under sunscreen. The moisturizer keeps my skin hydrated without it feeling too oily. And the best part is that it doesn’t pill under my SPF.
Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Speedy Smooth Mask
The Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Speedy Smooth Mask is a fast-acting mask that helps to minimize the appearance of pores and leaves the skin looking smoother and more refined. Enriched with celery seed and flaxseed extracts, this mask helps to tighten and reduce the appearance of pores, while hyaluronic acid helps to soothe and protect the skin. The lightweight formula applies smoothly and dries quickly, making it perfect for those short on time.
- Celery Seed and Flaxseed Extracts: Visibly improve skin texture and supply high omega-3 and peptides.
- Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane: Maintain hydration.
- Mineral-Rich Sea Silt: Exfoliates and smooths skin.
“I have combination/dry skin with a main concern of overall pore size and texture, so I absolutely love a quick pore mask. I used this product twice a week on my T- zone and noticed that my skin had a smoother texture. Is it a permanent fix? No. Does it help maintain a smoother complexion? Absolutely. Would definitely recommend it!”
Do you know what’s amazing about this product? How FAST I can use it! And, the fact that the mask comes in a squeeze bottle tube? So convenient. When I need a quick pick-me-up or are pressed for time getting ready for an event, I find myself reaching for this mask.
I love that I only need to let this sit on the face for a maximum of five minutes. And the results after rinsing off? I instantly see my skin looking clear and smooth! I use this on my nose area since it’s gentle and takes less time than other masks. Best of all, I can get away with using this 3-5 times weekly! This new pore skincare product is certainly a win!
Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Deep Retreat Pore-Clearing Clay Mask
The Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Deep Retreat Pore-Clearing Clay Mask is a powerful mask that helps to detoxify and unclog pores, leaving the skin looking and feeling refreshed. Infused with kaolin clay, this mask absorbs excess oil and impurities, while the oils like jojoba seed oil and plum kernel oil help to soothe and hydrate the skin. The unique formula also contains sea fennel extract and prickly pear flower extract to minimize oils and help the skin look smoother.
- Mineral-Rich Kaolin Clay: Visibly clarifies pores.
- Sea Fennel Extract: Mops up excess surface oil.
- Jojoba Seed and Plum Kernel Oils: Supply essential fatty acids (like omega-9) and soften skin.
“After using the POREfessional Deep Retreat Pore-Clearing Clay Mask for a few weeks, I am thoroughly impressed with the results. The creamy clay formula feels gentle and comfortable on my skin, and I appreciate how it deep-cleans my pores. After just one use, I noticed reduced pore size and congestion, and my skin looked healthier and less oily. With consistent use, my skin has become clearer and smoother overall. The mask is gentle, non-drying, and suitable for all skin types while respecting the skin’s pH.” -victoriabyerley
Unlike the Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Speedy Smooth Mask, this Deep Retreat Mask is a new pore skincare product for anyone wanting a thorough and deep cleansing experience! The purple shade of the mask and the packaging makes the experience a bit more fun and interesting. However, I do wish the product came in a tube packaging instead of a jar. I like using this mask once a week for extreme oil pulling. After about twenty minutes, the mask dries down, and you can see the oil dots around the face. I love using this because it gives me the best results. For example, my hormonal acne significantly decreases as soon as I use this!
Glow Recipe: Strawberry BHA Pore-Smooth Blur Drops
The Glow Recipe Strawberry BHA Pore-Smooth Blur Drops are a unique blend of skincare and makeup that work together to minimize the appearance of pores and blur imperfections. Infused with strawberry extract and salicylic acid, these drops help exfoliate and refine the skin, making it look smoother and more radiant.
- Tapioca and Rice: Visibly and immediately reduce pore size, allowing for a smooth makeup application.
- Encapsulated BHA and Strawberry Enzyme: Smooth the look of uneven texture over time.
- Plant-Derived Pore Minimizer and Strawberry Leaf Extract: Absorb excess oil to minimize and blur pores quickly and over time.
“I love love LOVE this serum so much! Glow Recipe is known for its glowy serums (hence their name), but I prefer a matte finish occasionally as I’m an oily girl, and this product does exactly that! It’s gentle, with a light strawberry fragrance that doesn’t last long (for those who don’t like scented products). The blurring results are instant, and they LAST all day. This is definitely now a staple in my makeup/skincare collection.” -KatReich
I was a bit skeptical when Glow Recipe first announced this new launch. For a brand that is so well-known for its skincare products, I was worried that this new pore skincare product would not live up to my expectations. But to my surprise, this quickly became one of my most used products! The Blur Drops instantly blurs my pores without being extreme as a silicone primer, but it works well for something that is a natural alternative. I am always concerned about my sebaceous filaments, so using this before my sunscreen helps to make my skin look more flawless!
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