How to Decrease Large Pores

by Carolyn Williams ; Updated July 18, 2017

Pores help keep your skin healthy, hydrated and soft. However, large pores can be unattractive. While pore size is largely defined by genetics and age, there are some that can minimize the size of your pores. Some of these treatments are over-the-counter, while others require a visit to your dermatologist. If you find these treatments ineffective at shrinking your pores, camouflage your pores with careful makeup choices.

Exfoliate to unclog your pores. Over-the-counter exfoliation treatments that use small buffing granules and include salicylic acid are effective at speeding the removal of dead skin. This can help unclog your pores and reduce their appearance.

Use an over-the-counter clay mask to reduce the amount of oil in your pores, temporarily shrinking them. This treatment can be very drying, so it is not appropriate for everyone.

Rejuvenate your face. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that facial skin rejuvenation treatments using lasers can significantly reduce pore size. In particular, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment reduces pore size and improves skin tone and texture. You must see a licensed, trained dermatologist for this type of treatment.

Reduce acne and oil production. The American Academy of Dermatology states that women between 35 and 50 often suffer from intermittent acne flareups. Photodynamic therapy treatment of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) activated by a 1450nm diode laser penetrates the oil glands and helps reduce oil production, thus reducing pore size. You must see a licensed, trained dermatologist for this type of treatment.

Camouflage your pores. If you can't reduce your pore size, hide the pores effectively with makeup. Use a primer to prevent seepage into your pores. Apply a cream-based or powder foundation that matches your skin tone. Don't use liquid foundation as even with a primer it can seep into your pores, making them more prominent.

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Carolyn Williams began writing and editing professionally over 20 years ago. Her work appears on various websites. An avid traveler, swimmer and golf enthusiast, Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California.