[By Annette J. Terry]

Summer skin can be gorgeous or ghastly depending on your sebaceous glands. So far this summer, my skin is having a major moment. Not in a good way. My complexion is shining in all the wrong places; my pores are clogged; my T-zone suddenly looks bumpy, instead of smooth. I sought out expert advice on what I am doing wrong, and what I need to do to right this wrong.

Mistake: Overuse of harsh exfoliants and fruit acids in a bid to stave away clogged pores have left your skin looking more bumpy than smooth.

“Over cleansing also activates your oil glands, sending them into overdrive mode as they produce oil to compensate for the transient surface dryness” explains Dr Chua Han Boon from The Sloane Clinic.

Rescue: Stop everything that you are doing, and go gentle on your skin. You’ll be surprised at how well your skin responds to a gentle cleanser instead of a “toilet floor detergent” type cleanser. If you are red and flaky from fruit acids and other AHAs, opt for an in-clinic crystal microdermabrasion.

“Microdermabrasion helps to clear out clogged pores and are used to ensure your skin stays clear and matte,” says Ita, a skin therapist from The Sloane Clinic. Microdermabrasions costs SGD$200 at The Sloane Clinic.

La Mer, The Oil Absorbing Lotion

Crème de la Mer’s Miracle Broth™ is suspended within this extraordinary formula. To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips.  Pat into face for a matte, oil-free look all day.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator

This oil-free formula supplies needed hydration while curbing excess oil and shine for 8 hours. Even T-Zones feel fresh, stay comfortably matte.


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10 thoughts on “Pore Police”

  1. I have been using La Mer, The Oil Absorbing Lotion only a week. I have combination skin with breakout T-zone. I have had acne problem for the whole life. My friend suggest me to try this product ( of course I’ve known the brand for long time). First I used it, I can see my skin improve. Feel smoother and relaxing. I also have 7 months old baby so I don’t get enough sleep so that is part of acne problem. The cream help soothe the acne though because after I used it, it feel so good in the morning and no pain from my acne. I am considering if I should return for the gel instead. My skin still oily and dry at night.

  2. I was skeptical at first because of the price but La Mer,The Oil Absorbing Lotion is worth every penny. My skin improved with the first use. It’s nice they give you samples to try as well. The only bad thing is you will want everything.

  3. My face typically is an oil slick, especially during the summer months. I started using Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator 3 weeks ago in combination with the 3-step regimen, BBcream, the new stay matte oil control foundation and matching powder, and my face stays oil free all day. I wish I would have had these products in my teens. They truly are the best oil control products I’ve ever used.

  4. I really like Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator. This is by far the best moisturizer I have used! It works great on oily/combination skin. I am very oily on the T-zone and forehead but super dry on the cheeks and because of that my foundation never stays put and my makeup would always look cakey. The consultant introduced me to this Stay-Matte Hydrator to use as a primer and it did as she said- absorbs instantly into skin! It does not give you a greasy or creamy feeling which I hate. To me, this product is a moisturizer/primer, two in one. You can use it for either or both. LOVEEE IT! OH, it also helps minimize the look of acne scars! The only con to it is that it is way too pricey for such a tiny bottle. =(“

  5. I love La Mer products and this product is another incredible formula. I have very oily skin and it leaves my skin feeling and looking great. Thank you La Mer for great skin even at fifty. No one believes my age. Most people think I am in my late twenties or maybe thirty. I will keep using this incredible skin care for the rest of my life!!!!!

  6. Oil is really only a problem for me in summer. I think mild peels work for me, but i think one of the best ways to keep oil at bay is not to over cleanse your skin. I tried using water for only 5 days and my skin actually looked better!

  7. I tried microdermabrasion! and I loved it. It was great for my skin. in fact, i think it trumps any facials out there if you have oily skin.

  8. i always thought la mer was for dry skin, as their hydrator is great. never knew they did an oil-control version as well.

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