Fact or Fiction: Can You Shrink Enlarged Pores?

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Everyone is familiar with pores, because everyone has them. Some, however, are reminded of their pores more often as they appear larger than the average sized pores. Many hope to shrink their enlarged pores, but unfortunately, the concept that pores can be permanently diminished in size is a fallacy.

However, there are ways to greatly reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.

But before you embark on your mission to shrink them, it’s important to know why pores may appear enlarged in the first place and why you can’t permanently reduce their size.

What Causes Enlarged Pores?

The size of your pores is proportional to the size of your oil glands.

The causes of acne symptoms, such as blackheads and pimples, are partly responsible for enlarged pores. When a pore becomes clogged by dirt and bacteria, oil within the pore builds up, which causes the pore’s walls to dilate to make room. Acne symptoms appear when pores cannot expand fast enough to accommodate for this increase in oil; and once the pores expand large enough, acne clears up.

But there are two main contributors that cause large pores:

  1. Genetics
  2. Age

Enlarged pores are one of the most common cosmetic problems in Asian female adults. In general, people who have inherited naturally oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores, since their oil glands are more active and thus, need a bigger opening for releasing oil.

There are benefits to this type of skin as skin ages, since oily skin retains moisture which can help counteract drying and wrinkling.

In rare cases, people may have dry skin, rather than oily, but still have large pores. In this circumstance, individuals may have seborrheic dermatitis.


As people age, collagen begins to break down, and skin begins to lose elasticity as people get older. This causes pores to dilate because the skin tissue has become more relaxed with age.

One contributor to aging skin is sun damage, which also causes pores to look bigger. Sun damage causes inflammation, and the thickening of the flared up skin cells causes tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pore, making the pore look bigger.

Why Can’t You Shrink Enlarged Pores Permanently?

If the main causes of enlarged pores are heredity and aging, is it possible to shrink them permanently?

You can’t, because you can’t change the size of your oil glands. Remember, there is a proportional relationship between the two. Further, if you could alter your pore size forever, you’d face a new problem: adult acne and treatment.

So rather than battle a new beast, what can you do? Just because you can’t make a permanent fix, doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to reduce the prominence of your pores.

Consider the aforementioned causes of large pores and address each cause with a solution:

Build-up and Genetics

You can’t change your genetics, but you can address excess oil associated with your skin type.

Cleansing the pores of the debris, excess oil, and bacteria helps to stop pores from expanding to accommodate for the build-up.

Exfoliation also helps to minimize the appearance.

Be aware that certain products can strip your skin of too much oil. Instead, look for products that will nourish skin, like Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser and Skin Clear Hydrator. The Gentle Cleanser removes surface debris, protects the skin with Olive Oil Polyphenols, and provides the added benefit of anti-aging ingredient DMAE. The Skin Clear Hydrator is formulated with Lactic Acid to slough away dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores, while increasing skin’s natural moisture.


Increasing collagen and elastin with the right skin care products can assist in reducing skin’s loss of elasticity. By addressing weakened tissue, your pore walls will become stronger.

Also, preventing sun damage by wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun at its peak hours will reduce inflammation. Choose a product with at least an SPF 15.

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  1. Thank you sharing the truth about enlarged pores and the best way to properly care for the skin. I can now accept the truth regarding hereditary skin conditions and feel very confident. often I wondered why some people had flawless glowing complexions and know I really understand. Again, thank you, I will follow your instructions.

  2. I am 29 years old and have an increasing problem with black heads. Also my pores have become much larger. I am looking for a product that will combat both issues. I have tried many products and none have really worked. I would love to try your product.

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  4. I am nearing my 70th birthday and would like to look as young as I feel. The pores on my nnose and cheeks are enlarged and unsightly. I have tried many products and procedures…but nothing solved the problem. Can you help?

  5. I am 65 and have very large pores. Have tried everything. Some have blackheads, but most seem to just be clogged with a lighter colored substance. I have done everything even scrubbing hard, using the steam, using the alcohol. This is worse than when I was a teenager…Please help…

  6. I’m 16 years old and I’m having a battle with mild acne. I’d like a product that will help demish my already existing acne and acne scars. I’ve tried many exfoliators and cleansers with little to no results. I have sensitive, semi dry and oily skin. (Oily in some areas, dry in others.)

  7. hi , I’ve never really have noticed my skin till restilly , it feels like i have holes in my skin , my sister has beautiful flawless skin , she looks terrific . it hurts me to see her like that , but I’m happy for her , & upset for mine , i always wash my face , I’ve tr yd so many products it unbelievably upsetting ? , i cant explain how unhappy i am , i don’t wanna show my face and go out . the worst part is I’m only 20 & i cry every day . nothing seems to work plz help!!!!

  8. i would love to test your products, have tryed almost everything thank you.

  9. How about if your born with different mixtures that are known to have large porees. Tried so many products.