Fight Congestion And Visible Pores With These Expert Tips

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Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser

Pores are small openings on the skin’s surface that house natural skin oils and serve to keep the skin clean and healthy.

You might not love them, but we all have them - and unfortunately, we can’t remove them. However, what determines the size and visibility of pores may be influenced by genetics, ageing, hormonal changes, damage caused by UV radiation - or most commonly, the build-up of dirt and excess oil clogging the skin.

The good news is, we’ve leaned on our Ultra experts to provide recommendations on how to fight congestion and refine the appearance of large, visible pores.


Sebum, dirt, and excess makeup can clog your pores and make them appear more visible. It’s recommended to thoroughly cleanse the skin in the morning and double cleanse at night to remove all surface debris and daily residue. Our experts pick? Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser; designed to remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. This one leaves the skin feeling refreshed, deeply cleansed and perfectly balanced - ready to absorb your line-up of products to follow. 


Exfoliating is the essential step in minimising uneven texture and removing excess dirt and dead skin that may clog and enlarge your pores. You’ll want to opt for an exfoliant like Ultra Gentle Exfoliating Gel which features a blend of AHA (Lactic Acid) and BHA (Salicylic Acid) that decongest pores and minimise congestion while simultaneously supporting a brighter and more refined complexion. 

We suggest limiting this step to 2-3 times per week for optimal results. 


Speaking of Hydroxy Acids, our Ultra Smoothing Pore Refiner is a chemical exfoliant (and pore-minimising hero) containing Mandelic Acid and Salicylic Acid to gently resurface and refine the appearance of large pores. This serum also features Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which is a key ingredient in supporting healthy skin barrier function by locking in vital hydration. 


Our experts recommend applying this serum once a day, on alternative days, following cleansing and gradually building a tolerance to use daily…and don’t forget to apply (and reapply) a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB radiation. 

Curious about how these products fit into your current routine?

We recommend booking an online skin consultation or visiting your local Ultraceuticals salon or clinic for personalised advice.