Large pores. How to shrink them?

Enlarged pores are a common skin issue. They impact both men and women of all ages. Pores are small openings at the top of our hair follicles that run the length of our bodies. Our pores produce sebum, our body’s natural oil, to naturally moisturize and soften our skin. Although large pores can be aggravating, they are necessary for healthy skin.
Larger pores are usually determined by genetics. However, oily skin and debris, sun damage, and aging can all contribute to the appearance of larger pores. Large pores are most commonly seen on the nose, but they can appear anywhere on the body. There are some useful tips to help reduce the appearance of pores, depending on the severity and extent of your problem areas:
1. Choose water-based products “oil-free”.

2. Wash your face twice a day & after exercise.

3. Choose gel-based cleansers.

4. Exfoliate once or twice a week.

5. Moisturize daily with an oil-free moisturizer.

6. Apply a clay mask as it absorbs sebum.

7. Always remove makeup at night.

8. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or over.

Products to deal with large pores

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a unique formula that cleanses, hydrates and helps restore the protective skin barrier with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II). The formula also contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture.

MCCM Pores Repair Cream

Based on natural ingredients such as Clove Flower Extract, Pores repair Cream visibly reduces the pore size, improving skin general appearance. Strong ally in balancing the sebum production, useful for oily and combination skins with acneic tendency.

DERMAdoctor Picture Porefect Pore Minimizer

Picture Porefect quickly helps refine and improve the appearance of enlarged pores. This lightweight formulation targets enlarged pores at the source rather than simply covering them up.

The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% In Squalane

This water-free solution contains 0.5% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin aging. This product is water-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

A 10-minute exfoliating facial solution to help fight visible blemishes and improve the look of skin texture and radiance. It is suitable for normal, combination and oily skin.


The American Academy of Dermatology. “What Can Treat Large Facial Pores?”. Accessed April 24, 2021.

NIH. “Enlarged facial pores: an update on treatments”. Accessed April 24, 2021.

Medical News Today. “What are the best ways to get rid of large pores?”. Accessed April 24, 2021.