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What Causes Large Pores?

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | August 11th, 2020 | Blog

If you have ever looked closely at the mirror and wondered why you constantly battle whiteheads and blackheads on your nose, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with the appearance and frustrations of large pores, especially across their T-zone.

What are the causes of large pores? How can you get rid of them? Here is everything you need to know about what causes large pores on the face and nose, and how you can get long-lasting treatment.

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What Causes Large Pores?


Your genetics and skin type have a lot to do with whether you will notice large pores on your face or not. If your skin is excessively producing sebum (oil) your pores will expand to accommodate it. Overactive oil glands have multiple causes, but most experts consider the primary cause to be genes. Even though genetics are tough to fight against, there could be other factors contributing to the overproduction of oil on your face. Understanding these other factors can help you develop a good treatment plan to manage large pores.


The sooner you start treating large pores the better you will be able to maintain it as you get older. Age causes skin to lose its elasticity and can make it more prone to getting clogged with oil, dirt, dead skin, and makeup.

Sun Damage

The sun’s UV damage can make your skin worse in more ways than just enlarged pores. Sun damage thickens the skin, which makes your pores get bigger and more noticeable. It can also disrupt the production of collagen and elastin and strip water from your skin. This leads to the shrinking of the tissues beneath your skin, which pulls at the edges of your pores making them look bigger and saggy.


Blackheads are simply pores clogged with dirt and oil. They lead to large pores when they are not cleaned out regularly. Trapped oil oxidizes and causes tiny black spots in your pores, especially on the nose and cheeks. Over time they can increase pore size.

Clogged Pores

When excess oil, makeup, dirt, and dead skin cells pile up on your skin, they get into your pores, making them look larger than normal. Exfoliating your skin once a week helps drive out this build up so your pores can breathe and shrink. Preventing clogged pores will help your skin look smoother and fresh.

How to Treat Large Pores

Develop a Cleansing and Moisturizing Routine

Cleaning your face with a daily cleanser to remove excess sebum and dirt will keep it clean and prevent clogged pores. Throughout the day, bacteria and dirt pile up on your face, so getting that cleared away regularly will give your skin a fresh and clear look. Choose an oil-free and gentle cleanser, and cleanse once in the morning and once at night for best results.

It is important to understand that dry skin also causes large pores. When the skin is dry, it tries to produce more sebum to stay protected from cracks and wrinkles. Properly moisturizing with an oil-free cream or serum will do wonders to prevent your skin from making too much sebum. Moisturized skin is less likely to produce too much oil because it already has the moisture it needs.

Use a Clay Mask

Choosing the right products to prevent excessive sebum production can be challenging, but a tried and true method by many skincare experts is a clay mask. Clay draws water and oil out from your pores, which gives your skin a tightened sensation and smooth texture. You can achieve cleansed, smaller-looking pores by using clay masks once a week.

Exfoliate Weekly

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from your face so your pores can breathe. It also brightens skin tone and evens the texture. There are two types of exfoliators: physical and chemical.

Physical exfoliators have scrubbing particles to buff the skin and physically remove the dead skin cells. Some of these particles include salt, sugar, nuts or baking soda.

Chemical exfoliators include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) which decrease fine lines and wrinkles, smooth texture, improve tone, calm irritated skin, and slow down oil production. Keep in mind that you should not exfoliate too often as it can cause redness, irritation, dry patches, flaking skin, and a stinging or burning sensation.

Some other tips include:

  • Choosing non-comedogenic skincare and makeup products
  • Rinsing your face with cold water to tighten pores after cleansing
  • Mixing a few drops of clove or cinnamon bark essential oil with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil and applying it to your face, then blotting it dry afterward

The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic’s Large Pore Treatment

If you’re looking for the right clinic in the Toronto area to help you reduce the size of large pores caused by any of these factors mentioned above, choose the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. Our Spectra Peel treatment is designed to provide long-lasting pore shrinking results as it exfoliates the skin and reveals younger, tighter skin. Contact us for a consultation and we can set you up with any of our treatments designed to help you get smoother, more vibrant skin. Our treatments are unique from each other, and one of them may be just what you’re looking for.

Contact us at (416) 546-4664, or email us at Book your first consultation today and our skincare specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin.

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