Your pores contain your hair follicles and sweat glands, so you can imagine that they become clogged very easily. If they’re blocked with oil, your pores will seem enlarged.

What causes large pores?

Large pores are for the most part genetic. If either one of your parents had large pores, then most likely you will too. Oil causes larger pores, so remember to pay careful attention to your “T-zone” (your chin, nose, and forehead).


The best way to prevent large pores is to make sure your face is always clean. Wash your face twice a day with a pore-refining cleanser.

Exfoliation is a general combatant against blackheads and large pores. Exfoliation will remove excess oil. Excessive oil on the skin is largely responsible for blackheads, and over time increases large pores.


Your pores are probably not really as large as you think they are, and with a suitable skin care regimen you can minimize your large pores right away. The first step in any large pore treatment is a little TLC; you simply have to treat your skin right.

Toners and astringents can temporarily reduce the size of your pores, but the best way to unclog your large pores is with a deep exfoliation. There are some “sure-fire” natural remedies for battling large pores and include anything from sugar scrubs to egg white masks. At-home exfoliation can help in some cases, and it certainly can’t hurt.

However, at the end of the day, there really is nothing better than medical grade spa treatments like Microdermabrasion, Photofacials, and Chemical Peels. A prescription for Retin-A cannot only clear your skin, but also reduce your pore size. Check with a dermatologist to see if this topical treatment is right for you.

Chemical Peels

A good peel can offer your pores a deeper level of exfoliation than Microdermabrasion. As your clogged pores and dead skin are pulled away, healthier skin is encouraged to grow back in its place. While recovery is more intensive than Microdermabrasion, the results can be even greater. You can generally expect younger, softer skin from a chemical peel with noticeably smaller pores.

Many spas offer a Micropeel, which is a combination of Microdermabrasion with a Chemical Peel. A Microdermabrasion before a Chemical Peel allows for deeper penetration of the product into your pores.


Our Salicylic acid is best at unplugging large pores and diminishing their appearance. However it is not possible to change the size of a pore. When you unclog the sebum plug, the pore will not appear as large. Many products claim to shrink pores, but this is more marketing and does not actually occur.