There are two main factors that contribute to large pores: genetics and age.

People who have skin that is naturally thick and oily tend to have larger pores. As people get older, too, sun damage and decreased skin elasticity can cause pores to dilate. The skin thickens, causing tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pores and make them look larger. Blackheads are also a big contributor to large pores. When the pore becomes clogged by dirt and bacteria, oil within the pore begins to accumulate, causing the pore's diameter to expand.

How can one improve enlarged pores?

The good news is that the appearance of large pores can be greatly reduced in a number of ways. For example:

  • Cleansing the pores of debris, excess oil, and bacteria will significantly reduce their prominence. This can be achieved by using a low-strength topical medication or face wash with Alpha HA s, Beta HAs or Poly HAs
  • Exfoliation is also a key to minimizing the appearance of large pores. 

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