Face Pores: Skin’s Outlet

Although face pores are an essential part of the skin’s functioning, no one wants the crater-like characteristics of the moon on their face. (No offense, man on the moon.) Through gaining a better understanding of face pores, you will be able to make them a less apparent part of your face.

Issues of face pores are at the forefront of skin and aging concerns, so it is useful to analyze face pores as a part of your skin’s composition and understand the causes of enlarged face pores.

This article will discuss:

The Purpose of Face Pores

Face pores are an important part of your skin’s composition. They are the openings of hair follicles, oil glands, and sweat glands.

Face pores are an essential component of skin’s functioning because they serve as an outlet for the oil generated by the sebaceous glands. This oil helps to maintain the skin’s moisture levels and supple texture.

The Causes of Enlarged Face Pores

Enlarged face pores can make your complexion appear dull, uneven, or rough.

The size of face pores can be attributed to several factors:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Acne

Genetics can determine how a person’s oil glands function. If you have highly active oil glands, your pores will compensate by making themselves larger to allow for the release of more oil.

Age contributes to face pore size as well. As skin ages, its production of elastin and collagen decreases which causes skin to become slack in appearance and pores to dilate. Exposure to sunlight over time exacerbates these effects since the inflamed skin cells collect around the edges of pores defining their perimeter, making them look larger.

The causes and effects of acne can also lead to enlarged face pores. The build-up of sebum can cause blemishes such as blackheads and pimples. Blackheads are a result of dirt, bacteria, and sebum being clogged in the pore. When the pore becomes open to the surface of the skin, the sebum oxidizes which creates a brown or black dot on the skin. Both blackheads and pimples force the pore to expand to make room for the excess oil, dirt, and bacteria.

Minimizing the Appearance of Face Pores

Although you can’t shrink enlarged pores permanently, you can help decrease their appearance.

Dr. Perricone’s Firming Facial Toner can minimize the appearance of face pores. This paraben-free, non-drying facial toner, restores skin’s natural pH balance and provides pore refining, anti-aging, and skin firming benefits. The Firming Facial Toner contains DMAE and alpha lipoic acid to combat the causes and effects of enlarged face pores.

DMAE works to firm and tone skin while enhancing facial contours by building and repairing cell membranes. The antioxidant power of alpha lipoic acid reduces the appearance of face pores, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and refines the skin’s overall texture.

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  1. Hello, I am 54 years young. I have been working outdoors brush hogging and cutting hay. I live in Oklahoma so the weather is very hot and humid. Recently I have noticed the pores on my face seem to be larger and clogged with whiteheads that I cannot relieve without causing severe irritation. I’ve tried several products nothing seems to work. Can you help me please!!

  2. Hello, I’m 32 years old & recently been noticing my enlarged pores & dry face. I since been using facial lotion but my face still feels rough & makes me feel a bit insecure that people might be staring at my pores. I would gladly appreciate to be a tester of Dr. Perricone’s Firming Facial Toner. Thank you

  3. I am 55 and now have large pores, acne and hard, hurtful bumps. Never had these problems before! And on top of this my skin seems to be crepey. I thought I had to be older for this to happen and the rub is I am in great shape and do not feel old at all!! I guess it is true though, getting old is not for wimps! Please help!

  4. I am 48 and never before had facial problems, but now I noticed that my face pores are becoming prominent. I would love to become aPerricone Tester

  5. Hello I do not use skin products up until this point. in my life. I am 44 and have enlarged pores recently. I would like to clear up my face to go out with my husband and not be so concerned about these flaws. Please advise as to what can be used

  6. 58 yrs old…never had acne or bad skin. Now have age spots, blackheads, large pores & bumps that never come to a head, but when squeezed, have white gunk in them. I always had wonderful skin…never had to wear makeup other than eye makeup. People were envious because I never needed to use facial makeup. With age, all hell has broken loose. Now everything has fallen apart & I am too embarassed to ask anyone or go for help. Please advise!

  7. I would love to test Perricone MD products. Using unknown products on my face is not something I would normally do but I trust Dr. Perricone and as I age, just turned “60″ I’m thinking I need to adjust my retin-a, botox and age spot products. Also noticing an orange-peel area on my chin. My neck is really showing my age. Help!

  8. Hello

    I am interested in perricone md intensive pore minimizer. And i want to know if this is for male also? is this cream, liquid…? is it notisable? can i touch face normaly? does it stick to face and no one can ever notice? I am just worried not to look like gay:) bottle looks so manly thats why am i asking

  9. Hi Dr.perricone, im only 18 and within the past 2 month the prose on my nose and philtrum have become enlarged and noticeable … I dont understand why… i take good care of my skin and im wondering if its because of the products I have been using, if that’s possible. “clarains paris”, daily energizer claensing gel and daily energizer cream its been half a year that i have been using this.. I never had this problem before when I just was using vichy and olay cream… Hope you can help, thank you

  10. I have roscea and large pores. I have been searching for a product to assist or treat tboth of these problems. I am 56 yr old and tired of seraching. I would love to particapate in your testing. Only oily skin is in the T zone. thank you hope to receive some advice soon..lyn

  11. Hi there,

    I have lots of reviews regarding your product and I would love to become a Perricone tester. In Asia, I haven’t seen your products much but would love to learn more.

  12. Hi Dr. P! First I just want 2 say your products are the best I have tried – and my skin is VERY picky! I had been wanting 2 try Perricone for several years, but my budget wouldn’t allow it until this summer when I was able 2 try the value set of citrus cleanser, toner, ADVANCE FACE , and finishing moisturiser, plus the SKIN & TOTAL BODY supplements – OH MY GOD!! What a difference, I can’t say enough about the products I’ve experienced. However, I can’t afford any more and I would LOVE this toner – the one product that seems 2 go fastest, and brands at drug store feel like an alcohol peel!! Thank you thank you thank you for being such a brilliant doctor and helping us, and on that note, could u please help a little more? I’m living in a family homeless program with son(17) and daughter (1 yr) and all funds available 2 me are gone within days of receiving!! But rest assured, you have a customer for life (every couple of months, that is!!) Thank you

  13. Please help me!! I am 40 and my skin looks older from years of sun abuse. I have large pores and sagging wrinkles as well as frown lines. I hate this and cannot stand to look in the mirror. please let me be a tester. Thanks Laurie

  14. I have been battling acne for years and i guess I ignored the pores on my face specifically on my cheeks. I have noticed recently how large they are getting and would love to try your product. Pls. send me a sample.

  15. i am 54 year old, i have severe enlarged pores all over my face,due to acne, oily skin,blackheads,brownheads,i have used retin a cream since 1979,it did nothing to stop me from getting enlarged pores and little to control my oily skin acne,mv enlarged are so severe.that i no longer look like my self,even though i’ved had since age of 12yrs.i was beautiful,i no longer see my beauty,when i look in the mirror,which causes me not wanting to look. or for others to look at me.HURTFUL I NEED HELP,ALSO I AM DISABLED, WITH VERY LOW INCOME,WHAT CAN I DO?TRATMENTS AT MY DOCTOR COST OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS,HELP ME PLEASE

  16. My skin is beginning to have an orange-peel texture to it. The pores on my nose are getting larger too. If I found something that would help, I would be a believer in that product forever, but I don’t think there is anything out there that would help me. :-( I would like to be a tester, though…maybe my theory is wrong! I don’t have oily skin, so I don’t know why my pores are enlarging!

  17. Hi i am 23 years old and have recently battled acne as a result of taking the depo-provera birth control shot for 4 years. I had whiteheads and blakheads on my face as well as right above my lip. slowly but surely my pores on my lip start enlarging. now i have 2 enlarged pores on my lips and a bunch of scattered ones throughout my face. I don’t like talking to people face to face because i know they are staring at my lip. i would like to try this product to see if it can help. I would like to feel beautiful again.

  18. PLease help.. I am in my forties and I am a nurse, i have to face people all day and I am so depressed because I know my pores are so large people must be staring.. Getting very nervous to work in the public eye :(

  19. I have been searching for a few years for something to help with large pores. Nothing I have tried has helped. Would love to try this product.

  20. Hi, I would love to be a tester for the Firming Facial Toner!I have combination skin with congested pores on my nose and chin. Would love to be a tester to see if there would be any improvement in my skin. Nothing I use seems to help. Thanks!

  21. tester

  22. Not so long ago (less than 10 yrs.) people would actually stop me on the street and tell me how beautiful my skin was. I am only 34, but my skin seems to be going down hill fast. I have 4 extremely enlarged pores on my face. One is very noticable, as it is on my right cheek. My six year old son asked why I have holes in my face. The pores on my nose also seem to be getting larger. I am very healthy, and have combination skin. Which means I am still getting pimples and starting to see fine lines. I consistantly follow my face care regime, but it doesn’t seem to help. I definitely can not afford plastic surgery. I am constantly self- conscious of my appearance and would really appreciate some help.

  23. I like to be product tester to try them please. Thanks.

  24. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this discussion. I am a Registered Nurse with a Doctorate degree, thus my strong interest in the science of your products. I have been encouraged by what I have read. Like many other women in their 50′s, my skin is showing “its age.” My skin is no longer smooth and my pores are very prominent. I would welcome the opportunity to use your products.

  25. My skin texture & wrinkles are really showing improvement. Still have large pores. I have one Very Large pore right on the front of the R.side of my face! My mother has one on her forehead. Can you tell me more about this please & how to make it go away? It makes me very self conscious! I bet the Firming Facial Toner would help out a lot! I would be so happy to test it out! Have a great day!

  26. I have one LARGE pore on my lower lip, right on the lip line, which is very visible. I know everyone thinks it’s a blackhead but if I try to squeeze it, really there’s nothign in it. My sister keeps telling me to “get rid of that blackhead!” but I think its a pore! It never goes away, never gets yellow or infected, nor does anything come out of it if I squeeze it. I need help in the worst way.

  27. I have enlarged pores in my t-zone area, as well as black head and frequent break outs. im a canadian resident and i would love test out this product!

  28. My chin has large pores, and it reminds me of the skin of an orange. Large pores along with wrinkles on my chin from too much sun damage, leave me very uncomfortable about the way I look.


    Anything you want me to try to deal with large pores, I’m all for it!!

  29. Large pores and black heads and brown heads are my greatest issue of concern, along with oil production, even at the age of 50.It looks like I have big holes on my cheeks, and it is gross.I would love to get some help!

  30. As a 33 year-old woman, I am plagued with the dreaded combo…
    I have combination skin with enlarged pores (especially on my nose) — coupled with fine lines and the other beginning signs of aging. So far, I have not been able to find a suitable toner that effectively minimizes my pores without drying my skin.

    I would just love to be a product tester for Perricone MD — I would be more than happy to share my honest opinions.

  31. Large pores are one of my biggest concerns , and disgusts with my skin, along with blackheads. It is so helpful to learn how to decrease large pores.

  32. I am 53 years old and have pores so large that they are visible from a distance. This is a new skin problem that has developed in the last 10 years and have tried everything, (except Perricone). I am at my wits end for a solution. Help Dr. Perricone!

  33. I’ve just started to notice that my pores look larger than they used to. Since my focus is specifically on getting rid of acne, I’ve ignored my enlarged face pores. I now realize that past pimples have contributed to the expansion of my pores!

  34. enlarged facial pores are a big problem that can add years to your face. when your pores are enlarged it just enhances the wrinkles of your face and callsattention to all the problems you may have with your skin. i would love to find a quality product that would minimize the effects and also the cause of enlarged facial pores

  35. As I am getting older I am noticing larger pores,skin appears dryer and more lines appear all too quickly. My self esteem is low and that is a bummer.