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Minimize pores and refine texture

The journey towards a clear complexion can often be an arduous one, and taking that first step can absolutely be the most difficult hurdle of them all. “What does my skin need to become healthy, smooth, and perfected? Where do I even start?”
We hear you — and that’s why we’ve curated our very own melanin-focused information hub to guide you to where you want to be. We address everything you need to know about how to get there, from key concern breakdowns all the way to detailed routine recommendations. Use this space as your personal landing pad on your road towards a flawless complexion, we’ll help you every step of the way.

My skin concern

Emlarged pores

What are the causes?

Pores are essential for correct skin function, allowing sweat and natural sebum to reach the skins’ surface. While mostly unnoticeable to the naked eye, these small openings in the skin can become enlarged from a combination of excess sebum and skin debris accumulating, and causing them to clog. The size of our pores may come down to genetics, low skin elasticity caused by ageing, or as the result of blackheads and whiteheads.

How to minimize my pores?

The best way to minimize pore size and refine skin texture is to first identify, target, and treat their underlying associated causes, such as vitamin A deficiency or an increase in sebum production. If it’s a matter of simply unclogging enlarged pores, we recommend incorporating gentle exfoliation and surface peels into your skincare regimen.

Your 3 step-routine to minimize pores and refine texture

We’ve curated a three-step texture-refining routine aimed for those with an uneven skin texture dealing with enlarged pores and excess oil production, which will then be available for further customization to meet your own individual needs:

1. CLEANSE

A flawless complexion starts with cleansing, regardless of our skin types or concerns. It’s essential for clearing out our pores from unwanted dirt, grime, and pollution that could lead to possible breakouts, as well as preventing dehydration and dullness. Not only does cleansing leave your skin feeling wonderfully fresh and clean, but it also enables maximum absorption for the rest of your routine. Start by melting the day away with our gentle cleansing gel to ensure that no pore is left unclogged. Hello healthy, glowing skin!

Cleansing Gel - Green Bae

Clear congestion and impurities from your pores with only 3-4 pumps twice daily of this creamy gel cleanser that keeps skin toned and refined, no matter what your skin type may be. Gentle enough to respect the skin equilibrium, Green Bae effectively rebalances both oily and dry skin to promote hydration, calming, and healing, while effectively controlling excess oil production to curb future congestion.

In order to minimize pores and refine texture, we boost your Green Bae formula with these actives:

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Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate and Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate

This mild surfactant works to unclog pores from dead skin cells and impurities by reducing the production of excess sebum, resulting in the shrinking of pore size.

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Lilium Candidum Flower Extract

A bioactive extract that helps prevent and reduce dark spot and skin blemishes to promote an even complexion.

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Coco-glucoside and Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside

Derived from coconuts, this active helps to lift dirt and oils from the skint to prevent enlarged pores.

2. EXFOLIATE


Exfoliation is a key component within any skincare regimen, especially for those who are melanin-rich. Due to a high cell turnover rate, dead skin cells can quickly accumulate on the skins' surface, causing complexion dullness and textured rough patches. But by using our gentle chemical exfoliator twice a week, the glue holding these dead cells break down and disperse to unveil the newer, brighter cells underneath. We recommend this careful chemical treatment process in favour of a mechanical scrub to protect your delicate healthy skin cells, so that it’s only the dead ones that are being swept away. Reveal your true complexion through gentle exfoliation, and notice your pores minimize, marks fade, and small blemishes diminish.

Exfoliant Mask - To Be Clear

Through a blend of chemical and enzymatic exfoliators (Glycolic and Salicylic Acid) mixed with modified Pumpkin enzymes, To Be Clear helps to reduce the hyperkeratosis and excess sebum production which are the main culprits for enlarged pores and textural issues. Combined with highly nutritive actives and humectants, this gentle mask will help to rebuild the skin structure while refining enlarged pores and texture.

In order to minimize pores and refine texture, we boost your To Be Clear formula with these actives:

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Lactobacillus and Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate

A gentle enzymatic exfoliator obtained by fermenting Pumpkin Fruit with Lactobacillus Lactis, this active harnesses vitamin A to effectively exfoliate dead skin cells, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of pores.

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Glycolic Acid

By far one of the best ingredients to control oily skin, this active diminishes the appearance of pores while improving skin tone and texture.

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Rose Clay

A healthy and refined skin texture isn’t far away when it comes to this ionic-balancing active, with purifying and detoxifying properties that clear the pores of dirt, grime, pollution, and germs at its disposal.

3. TONE


Toning your skin straight after cleansing is a fantastic way to restore the delicate pH balance and get your skin microbiome back on track for a healthier epidermis. A nourished skin barrier results in a protected one, which is crucial for defending against pollution, environmental aggressors, and counteracting the high desquamation rate found in melanin-rich skin. And if that wasn’t enough, daily toning can actually prevent additional breakouts caused by excess debris found deep within the pores, and gently exfoliate for a smoother surface. Infuse your skin with valuable nutrients ahead of your active skincare serums for a brighter, clearer, and healthier complexion.

Treatment Lotion - Tonic Oh!

A little goes a long way with this nourishing and toning hydrophile treatment lotion, with only one application needed per day for your skin to feel rejuvenated and refined. Formulated with natural astringents of Rose Distillate, Orange and Lemon Juices, accompanied by extracts of Barbary Fig Flower, Lilium Flower, and Acerola, this resilience-boosting skin-quenching Tonic Oh! lotion is the perfect tool to minimize enlarged pores and smooth uneven skin texture.

In order to minimize pores and refine texture, we boost your Tonic Oh! formula with these actives:

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Barbary Fig Flower

Rich in purified oligosaccharides, this plant extract stimulates the activity of skin enzymes involved in the natural exfoliation process; favouring both cell renewal and texture refinement.

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Salicylic Acid

Essential in the mission of unclogging our pores, this gentle exfoliant improves skin texture by effectively dissolving skin debris and the keratin plugs that contribute to enlarged pores.

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Mint Hydrosol

Armed with powerful antibacterial and astringent properties, this active helps to prevent the development of bad bacteria while treating existing blemishes (such as blackheads).



Make a routine that’s customized just for you


Our range of Core Blends are filled with biodynamic, oil-regulating, cell-renewing, brightening, nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and microbiome-restoring actives. But one singular formulation isn’t suited to all skin phototypes. That’s why our experts here at 4.5.6 Skin customise your formulations based on your phototype and skin type to address your current skin concerns, or to simply maintain your already flawless complexion!

Here’s how it works:

1. Tell us about your skin

Select your Phototype (IV, V or VI), your Skin Type (Oily, Dry, Combination, Balanced), your top 3 Skin Concerns (Acné, Dark Spots, Uneven Skin, etc) and Fragrance Preference (Normal, Mild, No Fragrance).

2. We formulate

We’ll freshly mix the appropriate "Core Blend" with the correct combinations, concentrations, and dosages of active ingredients that will best address your specific requirements. See below for more information on actives.

3. Begin your new skincare journey!

Your formulas are freshly bottled, straight from our lab to your doorstep within 5 to 7 days after completing your order.

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