Can you shrink pores? We get asked this a lot. Quick answer: No, you can’t “shrink” pores. But you can make them look smaller by taking steps to ensure your pores are hydrated and clean. Here are some quick tips to help you get the debris and oil out and make your pores less noticeable. (1) Steam your face. Steaming is a great way to open pores, making it easier to remove oil and dirt. (2) Use pore cleansing nose strips or a clay mask on your t-zone. (3) Prevent oil buildup with oil blotting strips. (4) Use an ice cube to tighten pores.