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How to Take Care of Large Pores on Your Face

Updated on June 1, 2020
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Nithya Venkat is a skin care enthusiast who loves to research and write about topics that involves all aspects of skin care.


Pores are small openings on your skin. These openings act as outlets for the oil produced by the oil glands below the skin and the dead skin cells.

The dead skin cells are constantly replaced by new cells. The dead skin cells rise to the surface of the skin along with the oil and are shed through the pores present on the skin.

What Causes Large Pores

Large pores can be due to the following -

  • excess oil production of the oil glands
  • lodging of dirt and germs in the pores
  • dirt settling on oil forming a hardened cap
  • genetics

Taking care of large pores on your skin is easy when you know-how.

How to Take Care of Large Pores

The best way to take care of your skin is to follow a skin regime that suits your skin type.

Use a deep cleansing face wash that cleanses the pores from within and removes all dirt and germs that can be lodged in the pores.

After using the face wash, use a toner. The toner tightens the skin and helps reduce the pore size.

Exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. This helps to get rid of the dead skin cells and excess oil on your skin. There are many facial scrubs available in the market that can be used at home. Choose a gentle exfoliating scrub.

Look for products having Alpha Hydroxy Acid/Beta Hydroxy Acid, as these acids exfoliate the skin and prevent the dead skin cells from blocking the pores.

Apply a face mask once in a week. This will help to remove excess oil, dirt and reduce the size of the pores. Use face masks that absorb oil and tighten the skin.

Before going to bed, remove makeup with a gentle makeup remover. Makeup tends to clog the skin pores and enlarge them. Remove makeup by gently wiping off; do not rub hard to remove makeup because this can result in the breakage of skin cells.

Keep all your makeup tools (brushes, sponges) clean and hygienic. Bacteria tend to build up if you do not keep them clean. Using makeup tools that are not clean can cause infection and inflammations. This can lead to pores being enlarged.

Before applying any makeup, clean your skin first. This helps to get rid of dirt and germs on your skin that can clog pores when you apply makeup.

Use makeup products that are not oil-based.

Buy products labeled noncomedogenic. The term noncomedogenic means does not block the pores.

When you are traveling, use cosmetic blotting paper to blot away excess oil. This will prevent dirt from settling on the oil and clogging the pores.

Check for the expiry dates on the makeup products that you use. Throw the makeup if the expiry date is over.

There are many makeup products to conceal large pores on your skin, making your skin smooth and blemish-free. Use one that suits your skin the most.

Pore Minimizer

The presence of excess oil, dead skin cells, and sebum inside the pores enlarges the appearance of the pores. Using a pore minimizer will help to get rid of the excess, oil, dead skin cells, and sebum inside the pore, thereby reducing the appearance of the pores on your skin.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer, Made with Tea Tree Oil, 100% Vegan, 1 Oz.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer, Made with Tea Tree Oil, 100% Vegan, 1 Oz.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and smoothes the skin. The Tea Tree oil helps to kill infection inside the pores and prevents breakouts.

What Happens to Pores with Age

As we grow old, the pores on the face appear to become larger. This is because the skin loses elasticity and starts to sag, thereby stretching out the pores.

There are cosmetic products that give your skin a boost and improve the elasticity of your skin. This will help to prevent your pores from stretching out and increasing in size.

Knowing how to take care of large pores is essential to prevent them from being enlarged further.

Large pores cannot be erased from your skin, but the pores will not increase in size if you take proper care.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Heidi Vincent thank you for reading.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      A very useful lens on a common problem that affects many women.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      tillsontitan thank you for stopping by, as we grow old the skin looses it's elastic nature and sags, this results in pores becoming bigger. Thanks for the vote and for asking this question. I will include this bit of information in my hub.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Unfortunately as we age it seems our pores get bigger, hmm is there a correlation? Anyway, good advice Vellur.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 you are doing the right thing. Teens do struggle with their skin. The problem is if they try out too many products on their skin, it will make conditions worse. Thank you for reading.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information. It is a real concern to many, especially teens who are just figuring out how to deal with their skin types. I use a gentle soap cleaner and facial scrub to help keep skin healthy. Good to know it is the right thing to do.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you for sharing this valuable information, I never knew about this at all.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      Good tips. I think hot water is great to reduce pores, too. I have always cleaned my face good, then take a clean cloth under very hot water, quickly add a Vaseline based lotion or just Vaseline and rub into face and this just about equals a sauna treatment. Add a hot cloth to wipe away access. It tightens and makes it shine. Best for bedtime but I sometimes do it when I am heading out into the sun for the day to help protect. The hot water makes it absorb.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      AudreyHowitt thankyou for reading and the appreciaiton.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      Great advice !!!


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