How to Take Care of Your Oily, Large Face Pores

by Linda Hinkle ; Updated July 18, 2017

Proper care of oily, large face pores can help prevent a more serious acne problem. You can’t actually reduce the size of large pores, but you can improve their appearance, according to Richard Glogau, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. You can also implement a skin care routine to help control oil, or sebum, on your face and prevent clogged pores.

Clean your face regularly with a non-soap face cleanser. Cleanse twice daily with a cleanser designed especially for oily skin, ensuring you remove makeup before you go to bed. Makeup pushes deeper into pores while you sleep, and clogged pores are more visible than empty ones.

Exfoliate your oily skin with a scrub that contains salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl or other chemical exfoliator. Perform the exfoliation at least three times per week, more often if you have extremely oily skin.

Apply an over-the-counter topical retinoid to help make your large pores less noticeable. Such products help unclog pores, stimulate new collagen growth and make skin look smoother.

Absorb excess oil by blotting with paper blotting sheets throughout the day, or by applying mattifying cream. Blotting with compact powder adds more makeup and can cause clogged pores and acne breakouts.


  • Avoid smoke and sun exposure. Just as they cause wrinkles and loose skin, they also cause saggy pores.

    Consult a dermatologist about a prescription retinoid if the over-the-counter products fail to produce desirable results.

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About the Author

Linda Hinkle has been a writer since 2004. She spent 29 years teaching mathematics in public high schools and now maintains a private tutoring practice. In addition to writing about education and parenting issues, she writes mathematics assessment and test prep items. Hinkle is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.