What Causes Large Pores And How You Can Reduce Them

Major Causes Of Large Pores And 5 Easy Ways To Minimize Them

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Your whole body contains pores except for palms of hands and soles of feet. You will be surprised to know that these pores keep our body and skin healthy. But enlarged facial pores makes your face age before you actually age. More prominent pores affect your appearance by making your skin look rough and uneven. There is no doubt that treating large pores can be an arduous task.  

In case, if you don't have much idea how to get rid of enlarged pores. So here’s a compilation of any thing and everything that you must know about large pores. Another great news is that there are several facial treatments that claim to minimize pores and refine your skin texture.



Major causes of enlarged pores 
  • Genetics

Your genes are one important factor that determines your pore size. So, if your family members have large pores, you may also inherit the same skin type.

  • Excessive sebum production

The rise in the production of your skin’s natural oil (sebum) is yet another main reason behind the development of noticeable large pores. This usually leads to several changes in your skin like acne, large pores, etc.

  • Aging

Collagen and elastin not only prevent wrinkle formation on your face but also help to keep your pores intact. With the progression in age, due to the loss of collagen and elastin proteins result in bigger pores and loose skin.

  • UV radiations

UV radiations are yet another common culprit behind the development of large pores. Numerous studies reveal that the harmful UVA and UVB radiation of the sun decreases the elasticity and firmness of your skin. It further results in enlarged open pores along with signs of photoaging.

5 ways to minimize enlarged pores 
1. Use only “non - comedogenic” products

Reading the product label is not enough. Some hidden ingredients tend to clog your pores due to which your skin has to bear skin concerns like acne, blackheads, pimples, blemishes etc. 

That's why you should always opt for non-comedogenic products. Meaning such products do not cause pore blockages and keep skin breathable.

2. Apply a toner after face wash

Toners have active ingredients which penetrate deeper into the epidermis and give a thorough cleansing which face washes at times lack. Opt for an oil balancing and acne controlling toner because oily acne prone skin majorly results in enlarged pores. 


Major Causes Of Large Pores And 5 Easy Ways To Minimize Them

3. Look for a Niacinamide based serums

It’s a cherry on the cake if you have niacinamide in serum form in your skincare regimen. Niacinamide serum balances sebum production and is good for all skin types. Secondly, it is a wonderful ingredient in not just refining your pores but it works on visible signs of aging too and it boosts the production of ceramides to strengthen the structure of skin barrier.

A study published in Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Practice briefed the efficacy of  niacinamide in reducing pore size and improving skin texture. Reason - Niacinamide has the ability to control sebum production and balance oil levels.

Some magic ingredients for pore refining serum - Neurobiox™, Niacinamide, and Esculenta Fruit Extract. They refine skin texture, reduce the appearance of pores and help strengthen the skin's barrier.

4. Wear a good broad spectrum sunscreen daily 

Excessive sun exposure causes damage to elastin and collagen due to which pore openings begin to stretch. Wearing sunscreen shall be a 365 days ritual to protect skin from sun damage. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen before heading outdoors can reduce the chance of enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and age spots.



5. Consider using a retinol cream

Creams rich in retinol hold the potential to shrink enlarged pores. Secondly, retinol being a derivative of Vitamin A has the ability to work effectively on early signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet etc. Topical application of retinol boosts collagen production leaving skin youthful and refreshed. 

Some of the major benefits of retinol cream - 
  • Refines pores 
  • Exfoliates skin
  • Boosts skin cell turnover
  • Prevents clogging of pores
  • Reverse sun damage and photoaging 

For beginners it is advised to start with a lower concentration and gradually increase it.


With in-depth knowledge and understanding, you can easily overcome and treat the large pores. However, neglecting enlarged pores can lead to various dreadful outcomes such as development in blackheads, acne, etc. Hence, your skincare regimen shall consist of pore refining ingredients like niacinamide, neurobiox, retinol, witch hazel extract etc. In addition, make sure that you use non-comedogenic products that have oil balancing and acne controlling properties because enlarged pores, oily skin and acne walk hand -in-hand. The above-given tips can help you to achieve smooth, firm, and healthy skin while preventing further enlargement of your pores.