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Skin Care - How to Take Care of Large Pores on Your Face

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 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
  • reduction in the production of collagen due to aging
  • sun damage or overexposure to the sun
  • genetics

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

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 pore size.

Exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. This helps eliminate dead skin cells and excess oil on your skin. Many facial scrubs available in the market 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 a week. This will help to remove excess oil and 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 it 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 inflammation. This can lead to pores being enlarged.

Before applying any makeup, clean your skin first. This helps eliminate dirt and germs on your skin that can clog pores when you use makeup.

Use makeup products that are not oil-based.

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

When traveling, use cosmetic blotting paper to avoid 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.

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Many makeup products 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 remove the excess oil, dead skin cells, and sebum inside the pore, thereby reducing the appearance of the pores on your skin.

What happens to pores with age

As we grow old, the pores on the face appear more prominent because the skin loses elasticity and starts to sag, 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 enlarging further.




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


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 24, 2014:

Heidi Vincent thank you for reading.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on September 24, 2014:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 21, 2013:

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.

Mary Craig from New York on March 21, 2013:

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

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 18, 2013:

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.

Dianna Mendez on March 17, 2013:

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.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 11, 2012:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 10, 2012:

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.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 14, 2012:

AudreyHowitt thankyou for reading and the appreciaiton.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 14, 2012:

Great advice !!!

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