Let’s talk about large pores. If you have them, then chances are you’ll have them for life. (Genetics, age, oily skin, and many other factors will do that to you.) But while you can’t literally change the size of your pores, you can still make them appear smaller.

How so? By exfoliating and clearing out grease and dirt trapped inside. When all kinds of buildup are clogging your pores, this can “stretch” the pore opening, making them appear larger. And by consistently keeping your pores free from sebum, dead skin cells, and grime, your pores will look much “tighter” and less noticeable. So, this got us thinking—how do we effectively keep our pores as clean as possible in a routine? Enter: Cosrx’s BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and your best clay mask. A powerful deep-cleanse duo, we’re confident that this key combo has what it takes to regularly keep your skin clear and pores from standing out. Best of all, it’s super easy to squeeze into any routine. See the step-by-step guide, below!

THE HOW-TO


STEP 1: DOUBLE CLEANSE AND TONE

Start by double cleansing with an oil cleanser and water-based cleanser. Rinse with warm water so that the pore opening temporarily expands. Follow with a skin-balancing toner on a cotton pad and wipe away any excess dirt left behind. This will leave your face freshly clean and prepped for the next step.

STEP 2: APPLY COSRX BHA BLACKHEAD POWER LIQUID

Using the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, take another cotton pad and apply the exfoliant all over the face or target area. Wait approximately 20 to 30 minutes for the solution to take full effect. The 4% BHA, natural BHA, and betaine salicylate will penetrate deep into the pores to soften and cut through dead skin cells and excess sebum.

STEP 3: WEAR A CLAY MASK

Now that the buildup inside your pores has softened, layer on a trusty clay mask. As the mask draws out the remaining gunk from your pores, make sure to follow the indicated waiting time so you know when to rinse. As a rule of thumb, don’t wait until the mask is completely dry and flaky, as this can strip moisture from your skin.

STEP 4: RINSE AND MOISTURIZE

After around 10-15 minutes, rinse the clay mask away. Follow through with a moisturizer or the rest of your routine to keep your skin soothed and hydrated.

As you can see, the skin appears noticeably smoother and pores tighter even after one wash. But don’t get us wrong, the effect is temporary and will wear away. So for consistent pore maintenance, we recommend repeating this combo once or twice a week to keep your skin in check. We promise, the extra steps are worth it. Pore-real.

The COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is available on BeautyMNL for P990. Shop it here.

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