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Top 10 Pore-Minimizing Cleansers

These Cleansers Will Shrink Your Pores To Give You A Flawless Complexion

These Cleansers Will Shrink Your Pores To Give You A Flawless Complexion

We hate to break it to you Rank & Style readers, but your skin needs pores to properly function—meaning there’s (sadly) no way to permanently erase or even shrink them no matter how many expensive serums and masks you slather on your face. You can, however, minimize the appearance of your pores by ridding them of all the gunk and impurities trapped inside of them. Whether you’ve got oily, acne-prone skin or tend to experience the occasional hormonal breakout here and there, a top-notch pore-minimizing cleanser will do just the trick. We’ve used our data-driven algorithm which bases its selections on best-selling buzz, editorial selections, and real user reviews to round up the 10 best pore-minimizing cleansers on the beauty aisle. Each of these products will deeply cleanse, detoxify, and tighten skin to give you a smooth, glowing, and poreless-looking complexion. Keep scrolling to see which ones made the cut. Opening image: @ClarinsUS

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December 27, 2018

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser

Our Score

BEST FOR: Formulated with 2% salicylic acid, this cleanser instantly goes to work on breakouts and blackheads.

FROM THE EXPERTS: This product is clinically tested to reduce excess surface oil by up to 47%.


Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Many acne cleansers are notorious for causing excess dryness and irritation, but this one leaves skin extra hydrated, cool, and refreshed.

USERS SAID: “One of the most beautiful things I've ever put on my face. It has a jelly-like consistency that melts into an oil when you massage it into your face, and it washes away clean with water/a washcloth, leaving me feeling clean and refreshed but not stripped. Plus, it smells absolutely gorgeous.”


Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

Our Score

BEST FOR: An extra gentle exfoliating cleanser

AS SEEN ON: It’s a key step in Kylie Jenner’s nighttime beauty routine.


Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The glow-boosting results

USERS SAID: “I'm absolutely obsessed with this cleanser!! Feels incredible, smells so great, and my skin has been loving it and feels softer than ever. I'm super impressed.”


Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Our Score

BEST FOR: Sensitive skin

FUN FACT: With three exfoliating agents, this cleanser works to not only minimize pores and clear acne but reveal younger-looking skin, too.


Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The gently exfoliating formula and orange scent

FUN FACT: Along with impurities and flaky surface cells, this one-and-done cleanser removes makeup—so you can go ahead and skip that step.


Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Our Score

BEST FOR: Dull, congested skin

HELPFUL TIP: Limit use to 2-3 times per week to prevent excessive dryness.


SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser Gel

Our Score

BEST FOR: Clearing those pesky under-the-skin blemishes

USERS SAID: “Researched the SkinCeuticals line of products in the months prior to my summer wedding. Thanks to the LHA cleanser, my skin was glowing from my face to my bare back in my TOTALLY backless gown.”


First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: This cleanser is packed with powerhouse ingredients like red clay and rosemary leaf to unclog pores, absorb impurities, and instantly improve the appearance of skin.

ABOUT THE BRAND: First Aid Beauty products are formulated only with carefully selected, clean, skin-loving ingredients—nothing you’ve never heard of or can’t pronounce.


Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser

Our Score

BEST FOR: This gentle cleanser is safe for all skin types, even sensitive!

ABOUT THE BRAND: All of Boscia’s products are preservative-free and formulated without artificial fragrance, color, gluten, and ethanol alcohol.

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