Treatment of Large Pores
By Cynthia Bailey MD. This page was updated on Thu, Oct 24, 2019
Dermatologist explains why you get large pores.
Pores begin to enlarge as hormones kick in during adolescence. Some people are more prone than others to large pores. To make the pores look even larger, they often fill with, and hold onto, sebum along with dead cells and debris. This material in the pore may look dark, accentuating the pore's appearance. These plugs may not be true blackheads, but they look similar nonetheless. Acne scarring can also cause pores to become large.
What skin care steps can you do to reduce the size and appearance of large pores?
To minimize the appearance of large pores you want to:
- Reduce skin oil, which magnifies their appearance.
- Clean out the material in the pore that makes pores look bigger, deeper, and worse.
- Exfoliate dead cells to reduce pore size appearance.
- Use a witch hazel toner to act as an astringent, which means to contract tissue such as the pore opening.
Pick products based on your skin type.
To reduce skin oil use a soap matched to your skin type. My top choices are my Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser, my Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser and my Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser (contains salicylic acid to penetrate deeply into oily pores).
Use a toner to remove excess oil. Oily and acne prone complexions do best with my Acne Treatment Pads which contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid and witch hazel to penetrate into oily pores and lift out clogges pore debris. Normal to sensitive complexions do best with my Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner that uses witch hazel to contract pore size while removing excess oil gently.
Exfoliate skin with a physical scrub that also uses clay to pull out pore clogging debris. My Bamboo and Clay Exfoliating Facial Scrub is ideal.
Oily and more tolerant skin can handle higher concentrations of ingredients that accomplish these tasks. Because some these ingredients can dry out and irritate sensitive skin, be careful and move up in strength slowly.