Affecting skincare users of all ages and skin types, visible pores can be one of the most stubborn skin issues to address. K-Beauty skincare companies are more determined to solve the pore problem than ever. Focusing on gentle ingredients and non-irritating formats, Korean skincare authorities like COSRX, Leaders Cosmetics and Botanic Farm have developed pore-shrinking specialty treatments that give skin a softer, smoother look without the harsh side effects of standard pore strips and acid peel pads.

1. COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, $22

How it Works: Blackheads be gone! BHA Blackhead Power Liquid from COSRX reduces blackheads and excess sebum while hydrating skin.

  1. Formulated with betaine salicylate to fight acne-causing bacteria, this lightweight serum eliminates and prevents stubborn pore blockages.
  2. Made with a base of white willow bark water to control oil and promote skin cell turnover, this treatment leaves skin clearer, brighter, and smoother.

Good for: This serum treats and prevents blackheads and visible pores, making it the perfect maintenance product for people in an ongoing battle with large pores.

2. Leaders Black Out Clear 3-Step Kit, $6

How it Works: This three-part pore refining treatment is specifically formulated to get rid of pesky blackheads on the nose. Steps include:

  1. A self-heating gel that gently warms to melt blackheads and whiteheads.
  2. A cleansing pad infused with mild antibacterial ingredients like witch hazel and tea tree oil to wipe away impurities.
  3. A pore tightening sheet mask infused with chamomile and peppermint to refine and reduce the appearance of the freshly unclogged pores.

Good for: Visible blackheads and open pores on the nose area.

3. Botanic Farm Egg Clear Blackhead 3-Step Nose Pack, $4

How it Works: Similar to Leaders’ Black Out Clear Kit, this mask set specifically treats pores on the nose. Unlike regular pore strips that can irritate skin and leave pores open to infection, this set of three nose masks gently decongests and soothes skin with green tea extract. Steps include:

  1. A nose strip that softens sebum and eliminates bacteria.
  2. A pore strip that hardens and pulls out impurities.
  3. A refining hydrogel mask to cool skin and reduce the appearance of open pores, giving the skin a smooth and soft look.

Good for: Visible blackheads and open pores on the nose area.

4. Leaders Pore Gone for Good Sheet Mask, $5

How it Works: This quick-fix cotton sheet mask balances sebum production, hydrates, and gives skin a smoother appearance.

  1. Pore Gone for Good is infused with pine leaf and centella leaf extract to minimize shine, remove excess oil, and visibly refine pores.
  2. In just 15 minutes, shiny skin riddled with large pores becomes clear, smooth, and balanced.

Good for: Especially suited to oily and acne-prone skin, this pore-refining mask gives skin a smoother look in a flash. It’s an excellent pre-makeup treatment when you have an upcoming event where flawless skin is a must.

5. Leaders 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask, $6

How it Works: This skin-softening mask contains camellia flower oil to hydrate, witch hazel to balance sebum, and vitamin A to promote cell turnover and reduce the appearance of fine lines and visible pores.

Good for: Especially suited to dry and aging skin, this bio-cellulose sheet mask hydrates as it minimizes the appearance of pores.

6. Botanic Farm Pore Balm Primer, $TK

How it Works: Skincare meets makeup! This balmy primer instantly fills and blurs visible pores, creating a smooth canvas for makeup application.

  • Oil-absorbing ingredients control sebum all day, while an herbal pore-minimizing complex refines and softens skin.

Good for: This primer can be worn as a pre-makeup treatment or on its own to give skin a softer, smoother look.