Open Pores / Enlarged pores
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Open Pores / Enlarged pores

Endless number of skin products in your daily routine can eventually be of no use if you have enlarged or open pores. No matter how clean you keep your skin, enlarged pores are always going to attract bacteria and dirt. So what are enlarged pores?

Enlarged pores are depressions caused in the surface of the facial skin that consist of one or more openings to the ducts that carry oil and sweat from their respective sebaceous glands and eccrine glands. This makes them appear more dilated and can be clearly noticeable to the naked eye. However, with the advent of cosmetic technology, this skin concern can easily be overcome using various treatment options that are available. 


Enlarged or open pores on face are generally completely visible to the naked eye. While skin condition plays a major role in contributing to the size of your pores, here are some of the other symptoms that determine your enlarged pores;

  • Formation of severe blackheads or whiteheads 
  • Large opening on the skin that are visible to the naked eye 
  • Making your appearance look dull 
  • Excessive oily skin 
  • Enlarged pores on nose
  • Enlarged pores on cheeks


What causes enlarged pores? Enlarged pores can affect both men and women regardless of their ages and are seen in almost all ethnic groups. It was found that some ethnic groups tend to have larger pores, especially those of Indian or African descendants. Pores usually look larger as you age. Enlarged pores on nose and enlarged pores on cheeks can be seen on almost everyone, which is why most people tend to have excessive blackheads and whiteheads in that specific area of the face.

Sometimes women may experience a fluctuation in their pore size at the time of menstruation, with the largest pore size appearing at the time of ovulation. Some of the causes that trigger an enlarged pore on the skin include; 

  • Excess sebum (oil) production
  • Loss of skin elasticity due to age
  • Genetic factors
  • Lack of proper skincare
  • Excessive dead skin build-up
  • Increase the sun exposure
  • Thick or large hair follicles
  • Using comedogenic (pore-clogging ingredients) products
  • Inflammatory acne

Treatment options 

So how can this problem be solved? It should be understood that if enlarged or open pores on face are not taken care of, it can cause bigger skin problems along with an abundantly oily face. If you think you can conceal your large pores with makeup, you are certainly wrong. Not only does the makeup clog your pores more, but also gives an unnatural, cakey finish to your makeup. Treating your enlarged pores is the only way to significantly improve the appearance and texture of your skin. Following are some of the best treatment options;

  • Topicals

Topical treatments are an ideal option for those who are looking to reduce their enlarged pores in a budget-friendly manner. Although this treatment option does not give dramatic results within just one day, this is a rather slow process which is certain to achieve the desired results. You may be prescribed non-comedogenic skincare products like sunscreen, face wash or lotion and acid solution serums. These products work on tightening the pores and remove excessive sebum and dirt which are responsible for clogging the pore cells.

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