Large Pores on the Face: Causes & Treatments

Medically reviewed by Doctor Michelle Lai on Mar 13, 2020


Facial pores are small openings in your skin through which sebum and sweat leave your body. Pores appear in every inch of the skin, from the top of your scalp to the soles of your feet. It allows oil and toxin to escape our body so we can live healthily. Although, pores are also a channel that allows alien things to enter our body.

As the skin is our first layer of protection, it is exposed to a lot of outside elements like dust, UV rays, oil and bacteria. As sebum is produced on our skin, the outside elements attached to it is like paint on a wall. The accumulated elements will block our pores which causes a build-up in your skin.

The blocked pores will cause acne, blackheads or whiteheads to form. The larger your pores, the more obvious the acne, blackheads or whiteheads appear. Thus, people prefer to have smaller pores than larger ones just to avoid the inconvenience.

What are Facial Pores


Now that you know the functions of pores and what makes them larger, it’s important to know what makes them clogged.

When the skin secretes sebum, anything that comes into contact with the skin will attach to the sebum. It then moves through the skin and gets trapped in the pores. Pores work like a camera lens – it can expand and contract to accommodate anything that is trapped in it. This includes excess sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt.

When the pores stretch, they can no longer go back to their original size. It will also be the home of the bacteria, causing acne breakouts, blackheads or whiteheads.

Therefore, it is important to control how much oil your skin produces, and how to go about it.

How Do Uneven Skin Tones Happen


Other than skin care regimes, there are 4 known reasons of large pores. 

Facial Pores Genetics

Genetics: If you have large pores, it’s likely that the attribute has been passed from one generation to another. If your parent, grandfather, relatives have big pores, it is possible that it is in your genes. Although you can’t control your genetics, you can control how it impacts your life by taking good care of your skin to reduce the effects of sebum.

Facial Pores Oily Skin

Oily Skin: People with oily skin generally have larger pores. It is because their skin exert more oil than normal, so the pores enlarge to allow the oil to exit the skin. To control your oil production, you need to take extra precautions such as no touching your face after workout, no tanning under the sun or use water-based skin care products.

Facial Pores Age

Age: As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity due to the lack of collagen. This means, the pores cannot bounce back to its natural size after getting enlarged. Old age also means that we have years of exposure to sunlight, thus increasing the sebum excretion. Using anti-aging cream would be the best to restore skin with its elasticity.

Facial Pores Chronic Acne

Chronic Acne: A recent acne breakout may impact your skin as much as genetics and aging. Acne breakouts leave the pore exposed to dust, dead skin cells and excess sebum. It’s best to treat acne at the earliest stage to avoid it from becoming a scar or leave an open pore.



Wash Your Face Regularly: Daily routine of washing face helps to clear the skin from dust, dead skin cells, or excess sebum that may trap in the pores. Wash your face 3-4 times a day can help in preventing the pores from clogging.

Applying Sunblock: UV rays are known to affect the skin negatively. It promotes our skin to produce more sebum than usual. As the sebum increases, our pores will open up, double in size to allow it to leave our skin. By applying sunblock, we can avoid the process to happen.

Stay hydrated: Maintain a healthy amount of water intake can help keep our skin moist. Thus, it reduces the production of sebum and lowering down the risk of clogged pores.

Home-Remedies to Reduce Pore Size

Use Non-Comedogenic Make-Ups: The makeups we use usually involves putting dirt on our face. If not cleaned properly, it may get trapped in our pores. Non-comedogenic makeups are less-likely to stay on your face after clean up.

Cucumber & Lemon Facial: Cucumber is rich in silica that helps in tightening the skin and close the pores. Whereas, lemon is high in antioxidants and a great way to clean up your skin from dust, dead skin cells and excess oil. Mix these two together and apply it on a daily basis to minimise your pore size.

Banana Peel Facial: Banana tastes great and is cheap. When you’re done with the flesh, banana peel can help in making your pores appear smaller. It is rich in lutein, which is an antioxidant agent. It also contains potassium, which helps promote flawless skin. Just rub the peel on your skin on a daily basis and you have an effective ready-made home remedy for smaller pores.

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