A person's pores may be more or less noticeable depending on their skin type. If a person is concerned about the appearance of their pores, there are some home remedies that may help.
There are two types of pores. One releases the body's natural oil, called sebum; the other releases sweat. Sometimes the oil-releasing pores may appear enlarged.
It is not possible to get rid of large pores, but there are ways to reduce their appearance. This article explores how to make large pores less visible. It also discusses how to promote skin health and what further treatments are available.
Every person's skin is covered in tiny hairs, apart from on the palms of their hands and feet. Each hair follicle has a pore at the top of it.
The hair follicle has a gland inside it that produces oil. This is called the sebaceous gland. When the sebaceous gland releases oil, the oil rises to the top of the skin and collects in the pore.
According to this 2016 study, the primary causes of enlarged pores are:
- Excessive sebum: This is when a person's sebaceous gland produces a lot of oil, and they have oily skin.
- Decreased elasticity around the pore: This is when the skin becomes less supple, and pores appear enlarged.
- Increased hair follicle volume: This is when the pore at the end of the hair follicle becomes clogged.
When oil collects in the pore and combines with dirt or makeup, the pore can become blocked. This stretches the pore, making it look bigger than it is. If the pore remains clogged, a pimple may develop.
How active a person's sebaceous glands are, depends on their genes. It also depends on the size of their pores.
Having large pores is not a health concern. As this 2015 study explains, pore size is purely an aesthetic consideration.
It may not be possible to get rid of large pores, but most people can reduce their appearance. The best way to do this is to ensure their skin stays supple and their pores remain unclogged.
Here are eight effective ways to reduce the appearance of pores:
1. Choosing water-based products
If a person has oily skin, they should ensure they use products that are water-based. Using water-based products avoids extra oil getting into the pores.
A person with oily skin and large pores should avoid oil-based products. These may lead to excess oil on the skin, making pores appear larger.
2. Washing the face both morning and evening
Washing the face is basic skin care. But with so many products available, a person may forget just to use warm water and a cleanser.
Having a good face washing habit is essential. Washing the face every morning and evening helps to wash away oil and dirt from the pores, which helps to reduce their appearance.
3. Choosing gel-based cleansers
If a person has oily skin and wants to reduce the appearance of their pores, they should choose a gel-based cleanser.
A moisturizing cleanser may leave residue in the pores and increase oiliness. A gel-based cleanser helps to clear oil from the pores, reducing their appearance. Various products are