How to Repair Large Facial Pores

Pores are everywhere on the skin and release sweat and oil in the body, report doctors at Advanced Dermatology. While large facial pores are common among teenagers whose hormones cause excess oil secretion, they can continue into adulthood. Heredity and lifestyle contribute to the unsightly pores. Take steps to reduce and repair large facial pores and have smoother looking skin.

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Step 1

Keep your skin clean by washing every day and taking care to remove makeup and dirt. This will help keep the pores clear, and reduce their size. Use a mild cleanser and follow it with a facial cream that contains benzoyl peroxide, which helps remove excess oil and dead skin. You can also use products with salicylic acid to keep pores from becoming clogged and prominent.

Step 2

Stimulate the growth of healthy skin with creams and lotions that contain elastin and collagen. These also can prevent pores from stretching, which makes them appear larger. Ask your doctor for a prescription for a topical retinoid that will both reduce oil production and stimulate new growth to repair the large facial pores.

Step 3

See a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon for outpatient procedures such as microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing. Microdermabrasion uses small crystals to buff off the top layer of skin that has the large pores, allowing fresh, tighter skin to surface. Lasers can remove dead and irregular skin layers with light pulses. Lasers also stimulate new collagen and skin growth.

Step 4

Exfoliate your face once a week with a homemade exfoliant or buy one at the drugstore. Scrubs help remove the dirt that clogs pores.

Step 5

Get a chemical peel if you have large pores that don't respond to home treatments. A dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can complete the process in 15 to 30 minutes, under light anesthesia. A chemical solution is placed over the face and allowed to work off the top layer of skin. The doctor then removes the chemical, revealing fresh skin that you can begin to care for properly to avoid enlarged pores.

Things You'll Need

  • Benzoyl peroxide

  • Creams with elastin and collagen

  • Exfoliant

  • Chemical peel

  • Sunscreen


Splash cold water on your face after washing, and throughout the day, to tighten up your pores. Wear sunscreen to repair large pores. The sun and aging are two of the biggest culprits of large pores in adults. The skin becomes dry and loses its flexibility with age and when dried out by the sun, makes it more difficult for pores to tighten up after sweating.

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