The size of your pores can decide how your skin look and how your sweat glands function. If you notice your facial pores are getting larger, it can be due to acne, increased sebum production, sun exposure, or side effects from cosmetics.

Although you cannot make those large pores disappear, you can totally make them look smaller with these simple tips:

1. Re-evaluate your skincare products

If your facial pores are getting larger, it is time for you to re-evaluate the skincare products you are using. Don’t hesitate to switch to another product line when necessary. Also, use skincare products more regularly.

All cosmetics working on removing sebum and preventing acne can enlarge your facial pores. It is better if you use them over a short time period as long-term use can result in skin irritation and pore enlargement.

Thea’s dermatologists explain that the majority of these products contain salicylic acid which helps remove the top dead skin layer. This results in excessively dry skin that causes the sebaceous glands to overwork in an attempt to compensate for the loss of moisture. This process is not beneficial for those with oily skin.

To avoid this, you only need to use products containing soothing, deep-clean ingredients or oil-based masks for 2 to 3 weeks. Moreover, make sure that you are using quality products with certified ingredients. It is because if you use non-certified cosmetics, not only will your facial pores become larger but other skin problems can arise, too.

2. Cleanse your face

If you have oily skin with large pores, go with gel-based cleansers. On the other hand, creamy cleansers are for normal and dry skin. The main function of facial cleaning products is to remove dirt and excess oil without affecting the moisture barrier important for the skin.

No matter what skin type you have, avoid cleansers that contain soap or highly exfoliating agents. They can make your pores appear larger. Thea recommends using neutral products for all skin types such as Cetaphil skincare products and Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.

Note that although many social media sources claim that the pH of Cetaphil products can negatively affect your skin, it is not yet scientifically proven. According to cosmetic specialists, the pH level in Cetaphil products is only at 6.5. This level is close to the normal pH range of the skin (from 4.5 to 6.2). Almost all other soaps and cleansers have a higher pH than Cetaphil’s.

Facial cleansers can achieve optimal results in minimizing facial pores if used properly: wet your skin with warm water; lather on your palm then apply the foam to your face and massage it all over in circular movements for 30 to 60 seconds; wash your face with fresh water then pat your skin gently to dry it. Repeat this process every morning and night to maintain the right moisture balance for the skin and keep your pores healthy.

3. Exfoliate your skin


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Dermatologists at Thea recommend exfoliating your facial skin once or twice a week. This helps remove excess buildups that can clog your pores. However, if you have acne, be extra careful when exfoliating your skin as improper exfoliation further irritate the acne.

If possible, go for exfoliating products containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is also known as salicylic acid. Both these two ingredients can give optimal results in exfoliating skin. Moreover, BHA can penetrate deeply into your pores, contributing to treating acne. Those who have allergic reactions to aspirin should use BHA rather than AHA.

4. Moisturize skin

One of the most common mistakes that people with oily skin make is skipping the moisturizing step during their skincare routine. Many of us believe that moisturizers will provide unnecessary amounts of oil. In fact, moisturizing products help regulate sebum production. Not only does this help manage the amounts of oils produced but it also helps maintain skin balance.

5. Apply clay masks

Clay masks help eliminate excess oil, dirt, and dead skin from the pores, minimizing their appearance. Use this type of masks once or twice every week. However, make sure you don’t exfoliate and wear a clay mask on the same day as they can make your skin vulnerable and more prone to irritation.

6. Remove your makeup before going to sleep

Sleeping with your makeup on can cause many skin problems. Sleeping in your makeup, with all the dust, oil, and bacteria left during the day on your face can badly clog your pores. As a natural mechanism, your pores will expand themselves to be able to breathe. This is why they look larger the next morning.

Therefore, no matter how tired you are or how late it is, remove your makeup and wash your face thoroughly before going to sleep to keep your skin healthy.

7. Visit a skincare specialist

If your lifestyle and habit changes have failed to improve the size of your pores, opt for professional treatments. Expert aestheticians or dermatologists can help you deal with this problem.

If the biggest cause of your large pores is acne, your doctor may advise you to use antibiotics to treat acne first before seeking