How to Treat Large Pores
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: April 6th, 2012 Comments: 31

No one wants large pores. Large pores can be genetic and tend to be associated with oily skin. Unfortunately as one gets older, his or her pores can become even larger as the skin becomes less elastic and damage done from the sun and other environmental factors can make the pores more apparent. Though large pores are more common among adults, teenagers can also have enlarged pores if they have a lot of blackheads, which are pores that are clogged with dirt and bacteria.

Though there is no “cure” for eliminating large pores altogether, there are steps you can take to minimize the appearance of large pores.

1. It is important to cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser.

2. Follow with an oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin and this step will also help with controlling the oils that come to the surface. If you don’t hydrate your skin morning and night with an oil-free moisturizer, you will become more oily throughout the day because your skin is trying to hydrate the dry areas, hence making your pores larger. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

3. Exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times a weeks with a gentle exfoliating scrub or microdermabrasion treatment after using a face cleanser. Removing cellular build-up from your skin will help to remove blackheads and old skin, allowing renewed fresh skin to take its place.

4. If you wear makeup, prime your skin with an oil-free, skin-priming foundation before applying your foundation. Doing so will minimize the size of large pores without clogging your pore, it will also minimize any fine lines and wrinkles you may have, and using a primer will also even out your skin tone. A huge bonus is that the makeup won’t settle in your pores because the primer acts as an invisible wall between your skin and the makeup!) Your makeup will also last longer when using a primer.

5. After applying your foundation, dust a translucent oil-free loose powder all over your face with a kabuki brush. The powder will lock the makeup into place and will minimize the size of your pores as well. One of our favorites is Tarte Cosmetic’s Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder with PM20.  This PM20 is a pore-minimizing compound that is clinically proven to minimize the appearance of your pores by 20% after four weeks! The clay will not make your skin look dry either! It is proven to hydrate your skin!

Home Remedies

1. Exfoliate Using a Sugar Scrub – Mix a couple tablespoons of organic cane sugar and water and gently massage onto your clean face. Rinse off with warm water. This sugar scrub will remove dead skin cells that are trapping oil and acne-causing bacteria in your pores making your skin more oily. This will also reduce the appearance of large pores.

2. Tomato and Lime Juice – Mix one tablespoon of fresh organic tomato juice with 4 drops of fresh organic lime juice and apply to your clean skin with a cotton ball. Leave the solution on for 15 minutes then rinse off with cool clean water. These two juices act as an astringent for your skin, reducing oil and minimizing the appearance of large pores.

3. Salt and Buttermilk Scrub – Combine a bit of finely ground salt and buttermilk until you have a good consistency of paste. Apply the paste to your freshly cleansed face and massage it on your skin gently with your fingertips for 2 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. Safe to use more than once a week.

Utilizing homemade facial scrubs can work wonders for reducing oil and minimizing your pores. Your skin will react better to using natural ingredients as long as you are not allergic to anything listed above. Some people may say these steps will lead to perfection but we think they will lead to pore-fection…


Let the discussion begin!

  • abbyguel - April 9, 2012 at 1:11 am - Reply

    This site really gave me a lot of information. Thank You!

    • Pia - January 7, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Celeteque has good toners and moisturizers. They have different kinds for different skin types. They also have a gentle facial wash and something to exfoliate the skin kind of facial wash. I’m not from Celeteque but I use it. It’s really good! St. Ives has a good exfoliating scrub, the apricot one. It’s gentle to the skin!! But if you guys have some time, do the lemon + plain yogurt facial mask I’ve read in this site’s Twitter account. It’s perfect for minimizing pores.

  • tynet - April 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I am not very familiar with this makeup thing nor facial cleansers. I did use proactive back in high school and just started using the bare minerals lose powder. My question is can you specifically tell me what products to buy? What you advise and another option if its not in my budget please. I am 24 and now I just suffer from combination skin. My t zones get oily but that’s pretty much it. I have small pores but I see them and black heads. Also a little discoloration meaning some places are slightly darker than the rest. The blackheads are mainly on my nose. Right now I steam wash my face and then put Vaseline intensive care creamy lotion on. Also I use equate blackhead scrub. Now my back has I guest would be acne and it itches when dry. Can you recommend some products or easy remedies for my skin. I have eczema but its not as severe as it was long ago. Please help so I can change what’s in my closet.

    • Alicia - September 30, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply

      As far as cleansers if u have a Walmart, CVS, RiteAid near buy go and get a cleanser that has benzoyl peroxide 5% or 10%. They have some good afordable choices there. Use it day and night if ur acne is bad or just at night if its not too bad. Then in the morning use a natural face cleanser like Neutrogena’s Natural Facial cleanser and makeup remover. Then spot treat with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Thats wat Proactive does they use both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It may be drying to the skin so use a good moisturizer. This is what I do to help my bad acne and large pores and it has helped a lot. Also I use a good mask 2 times a week. The mask I use is the Aztec Healing Miracle Clay. I buy mine online at but they do sell it in stores. This clay is really good but very strong. Also at nite I use grapeseed oil for my moisturizer. Its great for oily skin believe it or not. Hope thus helps. Good luck!

  • texan - April 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Well since I have gotten older my face broke out more than ever. (I’m 27) its very oily. My pores r huge. :/ should I still moisturize? I tried the ice cube thing to minimize scarring. I’m hoping it works. I feel like SCARFACE

    • SC101 - June 12, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Hey I’m having the same problem. I’m 16 and im already very insecure about my skin.very insecure. Lately I’ve been mixing two deep cleansers together also with an ance medication. Then i put lotion or oil free moisture(from proactive) on my face. Seems to be be working good so far! Reduced my oiliness by a lot! Also I’m going to get acne scar laser treatment done. Heard its the BEST and quickest solution for acne scars! Hope I helped you out!

  • Chioma - April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am - Reply

    .I never used to have pimples, except the usual one or two during ovulation, but recently, I started breaking out and having black heads. I jst turned 30, and its not a good feeling at all. what exactly can I use please? I am not eating anything different from before, and I don’t think I am using anything different asides the chiniquue facial scrub., and a mask I got, which I don’t use too often. Please help

  • caligrl - April 19, 2012 at 4:52 am - Reply

    I also have battled adult acne for bout a yr. Never had it as a kid. Im 35 nd think its hormonal issue. Found numbr one couldn’t wear my fave foundation and blush that I used forvr…took antibiotics and prescribed facial med aftr seekng help from derm. But stoppd ftr awhile and strtd using cliniques acne line. Good cvrge and products r very easy to use. Pores r still issue for me so I will look into the clay powdr..thanx for info nd hope my xpernce was helpful.

  • Bostongirl - May 1, 2012 at 5:34 am - Reply

    I love this article. I did suffer from large pores for about 2-3 months last year and I decided to go sephora for a free skin consultation. They basically told me the same thing on this article and recommended a lot of expensive skin care and makeup products. I’m still a college student so money is really tight right now. I currently use the Olay complete for everyday moisturizer. It works great and quite cheap at the same time. Formy make up, I use the Forever Makeup HD foundation. They are offering a trial kit that includes an HD primer, foundation, finishing powder, along with a free kabuki brush!! All for just around $75! This makeup kit is amazing! It covers almost everything and makes your skin looks flawless. The makeup also stays on my face all day through classes, gym, and daily activities!
    Sephora has great customer service and they allow you to try out their products before purchasing the items. I usually go there to ask for samples of different makeups to bring home and try them out because my skin changes through seasons.

  • lucy bale - May 1, 2012 at 5:36 am - Reply

    What about. Nuetragena. Wave Sonic. I heard its’ good

  • Mel Cayetano - May 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    all my life i have suffered from terrible acne on my back. i have tried everything including proactive but it just does not want to go away. what do you suggest i try?

    • Fay - March 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      I suffered with upper back acne through my 20s and tried EVERYTHING,the only thing that made a difference,was the contraceptive pill dianette.After 6 months,my skin is totally clear,it’s remarkable!

  • Megan - May 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I wash my face twice a day with an oil free soap for face. But still, my face is like covered in oil and it’s disgusting everytime someone try to pinch my cheek and my nose. And I have blackheads on my nose, pimples on my face and forehead. I am very routine about these stuff but I don’t get any results, what’s the matter here? And I don’t use foundations.. I use baby powder. Don’t like those makeup stuff. Please reply!

    • brian - August 6, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

      stop using the baby powder. it tends to increase the acne. some will tell yu.that it dries the pimple but no it doesnt they only increase in no. … trust me i stopped to usin it and they reduced…. maybe if yu want to use baby powder again, wait till yu are 300% sure the acne has gone

    • Alicia - September 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      If you don’t want to use makeup try using cornstarch mixed with a little bit of Cocoa powder. 100% cocoa powder that u can buy for baking or whatever. Make sure the ONLY ingredient is cocoa anyway mix a little of the cocoa powder with the cornstarch to get a color u like ( the cocoa only tints the white starch but u don’t have to use it if u want the starch to remain white) and apply that to ur face or t-zone with a brush or sponge. Its way better than baby powder AND all natural. Hth

  • Kelsey - June 4, 2012 at 7:27 am - Reply

    A small bit of baking soda mixed with a bit of water to create a paste makes an excellent exfollient! …idk how to spell that…

  • Lisa - June 23, 2012 at 1:58 am - Reply

    I am 41 and nothing has cleared up acne like P.C.A. oily skin cleanser and toner. I’ve been to the dermatologist, taken birth control, used retin a creams. Buy this if you want to get rid of the acne. Trust me, twice a day. You will never have a problem.

  • Lisa - June 23, 2012 at 1:59 am - Reply

    And exfolliate with coffee grinds or cornmeal. Just make sure you do it, I’m a medical esthetician. I’ve tried so many and this is basically free and natural. It’s very important to get rid of the build up of those dead skin cells.

  • Yadira - July 6, 2012 at 3:45 am - Reply

    im wondering if this actually works..if all that they post and tweet actually works..does it ..someone please answer my question.

  • jiji - August 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    hi can i like have a home made skin remedy naturally to tighten pores? cause i don’t really like to wear to many products on my face. thank you ^^

  • Vee - August 18, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I use an oil based foundation that claims to be non-comedogenic. Can that suffice?

  • Caleb - September 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Use medinix folks and all your problem will be gone

  • Gloria - October 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    am a sucker for honey every shopping list accidentaly has Honey on it….my skin
    has never felt this moisturised nothing beats Honey!

  • Gloria - October 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Dear Yadira…

    If you haven’t started am worried you might miss out on looking younger for days..try the Honey Tip, try the Healthy Diet Tip , follow the tweets ..i am hopelessly devoted to this site like a liberated slave and results are amazing.. with foods all over ur face who would mind that cos its all about food you have in your advice get up now and smudge your cute face with honey …..

  • Micole - October 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Try honey and yoghurt to put on your face for an or more than that. It would really smoothen your skin. 🙂

  • florah - January 7, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    My face won’t stop havn acne n am. Getting old am now 28 but I still have them!!and I have a combination of oily n dry skin!!but am soo oily!!what can I use ave seen a demartologist,ave done the birth control pills n still nothn!!am a black. Woman n I don’t need my skin to be bleached with the creams on the stores

  • sabi - January 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    can u plz tell me the directions for using honey as a moisturizer?

  • unique - February 3, 2013 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Diet diet diet! i cant stress it enough. Dont allow bogus ppl to tell you food dosent cause acne… Thats my story chocolate, curry old bay and high contents of salt, citrus. Fruits such as orange strawberries pineapples cause my cystic acne.. as well as cheese… (cooked cheese) pizza, etc drink plenty water eat fruits that dont flare up acne… Most of all monitor your skin! Gloodluck !

  • Courtney - April 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Can anyone recommend a good facial primer (before foundation)

  • Melanie - May 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    For a honey facial, get your face wet with warm water. Rub honey all over your face. Leave on your face for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Dab your face dry. That’s all that there is to it!

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