Enlarged Pores

Enlarged pores are visible openings on the skin surface, often appearing larger on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. They are associated with sebaceous glands, which produce oil (sebum) to lubricate and protect the skin. While pores don’t actually open and close, they can appear larger when clogged with oil, dirt, and dead skin cells.

Causes: Several factors can contribute to enlarged pores, including oily skin type, hormonal changes (like puberty or menstruation), genetics, sun damage, and using pore-clogging skincare products.

Treatments: A consistent skincare routine plays a vital role in managing enlarged pores. Using oil-free cleansers, exfoliating regularly with chemical exfoliants (like AHAs or BHAs), and clay masks can help. Topical retinoids can also minimize pore size. Proper hydration is important, even for oily skin, as dehydration can sometimes lead to increased oil production. Dermatologists may offer in-office procedures like microneedling or laser treatment for more stubborn cases.

Disclaimer: Completely eliminating enlarged pores might not be possible. However, a consistent skincare routine and appropriate treatments can significantly improve their appearance.