If there was a time before I had large, noticeable pores, I don’t remember it. At this point I’ve probably spent most of my life trying to shrink the pores on my nose, cheeks, and chin, or at least make them less painfully obvious.
For the most part, the size of your pores is genetic, like the size of any other body part. So for those of us with big pores, our best option is to tighten up the skin around said pores, and to keep those pores as clean as possible, so that debris and oil buildup doesn’t make them even more noticeable. To that end, I am once again thankful to K-Beauty for providing me with products that do the things I thought were impossible.
Elizavecca Hell Pore Control serum comes in an adorable glass bottle with a dropper, so you can feel like a witch or a mad scientist while you treat your face. It’s even got a little piggy stirring a cauldron on the bottle. It’s unscented, or at least so faintly-scented I couldn’t tell you what it actually smells like. I use it at night after my cleansing step and before moisturizing. It’s not a toner, so if you need to use a toner, you should cleanse, tone, put on this serum, then moisturize. If you’re doing a mask, sheet or otherwise, you’d cleanse/tone/mask/serum/moisturize.
What I love about this serum is how quickly and completely it absorbs. As oily as my skin is, I don’t need anything leaving residue behind – I need it to soak in and be gone. This serum delivers that. Its focus is on tightening skin and reducing pore size, so it’s not moisturizing at ALL. If it happens to dry you out, you may want to switch to a thicker moisturizer for nighttime while you finish the serum. For me, it didn’t have any effect as far as drying out my skin, but remember that mine is very oily and congested to start with. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
Not only does this serum appear to keep my pores nice and clear and subtle, but it also tackles quite a bit of the redness I have on my cheeks and chin. When I stop using it for a while, I’ll notice my redness start to creep back up, starting at my chin and moving up from there. It’s a big bottle, and you only need a few drops for your whole face, so I’ve stopped and started with this a few times and had good results every time I’ve restarted.
If you have big pore problems, this is absolutely a product to try. It’s not too expensive, it lasts for ages, and it started giving me results after less than a week of once-a-day use. Also, because we all know this is a big reason I use K-Beauty – it’s got an adorable name and a drawing of an adorable animal on the bottle. Better pores and cute packaging – can we go wrong here? It’s like this serum was made for my skin.
Have you tried it before, or anything else by Elizavecca? Let me know in comments how you liked it!