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Knowledge is power, and understanding why pores become visible in the first place can help you create the right skincare products to minimize their appearance. By using the right ingredients, your products can have the potential to help your clients achieve a balanced complexion while keeping their skin healthy.

As we age, various physiological changes occur in the skin that can lead to pores becoming more visible. The increased visibility of pores is a common concern in the aging process; particularly on the face. There are several reasons behind this phenomenon; below, we will discuss some of the most common factors that come into play.
  • Decreased firmness
    As we age, the skin's collagen and elastin fibers break down, leading to a loss of elasticity and firmness. This can cause the skin to sag and stretch, making pores appear larger and more noticeable.
    Solution: Using ingredients that are well-known for their ability to stimulate collagen production and increase skin cell turnover, like retinoids and peptides.
  • Sun damage
    UV radiation damages the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, contributing to premature aging. Sun exposure can also lead to the thickening of the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), which can accentuate the appearance of pores.
    Solution: Leveraging antioxidant ingredients that can help protect the skin from free radical damage and support collagen production, like vitamin C.
  • Oil production
    Sebaceous (oil) glands produce sebum, which helps keep the skin moisturized. With age, hormonal changes can affect the production and composition of sebum. Changes in sebum production can lead to clogged pores, making them appear larger.
    Solution: Incorporating ingredients in your formulation that help regulate sebum production and improve the skin's natural barrier function, like niacinamide.
  • Natural aging processes
    As we age, the rate of cell turnover decreases. Dead skin cells can accumulate on the skin's surface, potentially clogging pores and making them more prominent.
    Solution: Using ingredients that can help promote skin renewal and maintain a more youthful appearance, like Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs).

But there's another reason why conspicuous pores can occur, which until now has often been overlooked.

The concept of pore color contrast

CLR Berlin offers insightful analysis on how the interplay of colors within our skin can significantly influence the perception of pore size. This phenomenon arises from delicate balance, where the color contrast between the pores and the adjoining skin creates an optical illusion of enlarged pores. The factors at play include:

  • Inflammation;
  • A natural aging process called glycation;
  •  The telltale gleam of excess oil production, and;
  • The effects of sebum oxidation, which can lend a dark color to the pores

By understanding how color contrast influences our perception of the skin, we open the door to innovative approaches in addressing this cosmetic concern and restoring a harmonious complexion.

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Introducing CutiFine CLR™

CLR Berlin's ingredient CutiFine CLR™ is an all-natural, safe and effective skincare active which goes to the core of the causes leading to pore enlargement.

Based on a synergistic combination of extracts of Vaccaria segetalis (Cowherb) and Adansonia digitata (Baobab) pulp, this ingredient is the first one addressing all cell biological processes that contribute to conspicuous skin pores. It acts on the dermal compartment around the hair follicle which gives it structural support, helping make pores small. It also reduces the hyper-proliferation of follicular keratinocytes, an important factor in oily and combination skin.

Numerous in vitro studies and clinical in vivo studies show unambiguously that CutiFine CLR™ reduces not only the size of the pores, but also the color contrast with the surrounding skin. As we've seen above, this revolutionary approach can help you offer a harmonious complexion to your customers.

Crafting formulations that fight pore color contrast

Incorporating CutiFine CLR™ into your formulations can offer potential benefits, but how can you effectively do so?

CLR Berlin has introduced a range of formulations that exemplify the capabilities of its ingredient while providing the tools for enthusiasts to seamlessly blend it into their own products. The ingredient takes center stage within these formulations, its versatility and efficacy on full display.

For instance, the All-in-One Clay Mask (O/W) employs CutiFine CLR™ to craft a rejuvenating and harmonious skincare ritual. Likewise, the Pore Refining Toner, Pore Treatment Roll-On, and Pore Refining Face Emulsion (W/O) proudly feature the ingredient, offering a comprehensive approach to addressing pore-related concerns. Try out these formulations, or get inspired by them to create your own skincare products.

CutiFine CLR


In the intricate tapestry of our skin, the prominence of pores emerges as a multifaceted concern, stemming from a symphony of factors like decreased firmness, sun damage, oil production, oxidative processes, inflammation, and natural aging processes. On top of this, pore color contrast creates the illusion of larger pores, overshadowing the beauty of our complexion. By leveraging CutiFine CLR™, formulators are given a powerful tool to craft solutions that target the intricate balance of colors within the skin, a concept that until recently wasn't known. This ingredient's ability to harmonize, rejuvenate, and restore opens doors to a realm of possibilities, where pore color contrast and size are skillfully tamed.

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