Many people w/ oily or aging skin develop large pores. When pores become enlarged, they can become more easily clogged which leads to acne and even larger pores. Many times this condition is genetic. Unfortunately, it is not possible to permanently shrink the size of the pore, but you can reduce their size or at least the appearance.
Large pores on Nose and Face
People typically get large pores in the T-zone of the face. The best defense against large pores on the face is keeping them unclogged. Blackheads are often the result of poorly cleaned enlarged pores. This can make the pores appear even larger than they really are, or worse over time, ang further enlarge the pore. It is important to keep your pores clean if they are naturally large. Don’t squeeze them as this can scar the skin around the pore, getting it deeper and larger. Instead, get rid of blackheads w/ a cleanser or toner that contains salicylic acid.
Treatments for large pores
Sometimes large pores are caused the loss of skin snap and collagen, w/c is why aging skin can develop them when they weren’t present before. Skin care products that exfoliate and firm skin can make pores less visible.
One effective large pore treatment is glycolic acid, or other alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid can unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin cells, resulting in a smoother appearance of the skin. Stronger products that produce a peeling effect can actually tone and firm skin over time.
Microdermabrasion is another way to treat enlarged pores. Any type of exfoliation helps to unclog and shrink large pores. Microdermabrasion exfoliates dead skin cells and other dust on the skin, w/c can cause blackheads and pimples, making the condition worse. It also stimulates your skin to produce more collagen and increases firmness and snap. To get the best results, exfoliating must be done consistently over time. You don’t see the full results immediately, although there is usually some improvement..
Other Home Remedies for Large Pores
Clay masks and facials improve skin tone and unclog the pores. Look for a mask that contains Green clay, Rhassoul clay or Dead Sea mud if you have acne or oily skin. Rose clay is the best choice for dry, aging or sensitive skin.
Antioxidants improve cellular function and help the skin heal and renew itself. Vitamin C can sometimes improve the appearance of large focuses. Look for creams or serums that contain Vitamin C. You can also take it internally. Vitamin A, or Vitamin A derivatives like retinal, Retin- A and other retinoids that are used to treat wrinkles can also help shrink pores. Any product that contains an antioxidant, specially these vitamins and alpha lipoic acid, can help you reduce pore size.
DMAE is an ingredient that tightens the skin, both immediately and over time. Skin tightening can contract the wall of the pores, making it appear smaller. Over time, this tightening can effect shrink pores, but you must continue applying the product.
Large pores are often caused when the glands over produce sebum, which is why they are often seen in people w/ oily skin. One of the best ways to reduce skin oiliness and sebum production is regularly washing the face. But don’t over cleanse the skin because this can backfire by causing the glands to produce even more sebum, which further enlarges pores. Sometimes large pores can by caused by sun damage, so use a sunscreen daily.
Some people temporarily shrink their pores by applying ice the area.
Facial steaming can unclog pores hydrate the skin, making it an ideal treatment for enlarged pores. Speaking of hydration, make sure you moisturize your skin from within by drinking enough water.
You can treat your large pores with any of these methods to improve their appearance. Like with more skin treatments, the best results are seen over time w/ consistent use. Unfortunately shrinking pores is usually temporary, so you must continue to treat the condition to keep it from returning.