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Large Open Pores: Causes, Treatments, Results & Prevention


  • Pores represent the openings of ducts carrying sweat and oil or sebum from deeper layers of the skin onto the surface.
  • Pores occur at different times among men and women of all ages and ethnicities.
  • Facial pores get more prominent with aging.
  • Pores are almost invisible to the naked eye when you are young but may increase in size later because of aging, skin damage, genetics, and hormonal and sebaceous functional changes.
  • The size of pores ranges from  5–10 μm to 40–80 μm in diameter.

What Are Open Pores?

Open pores are enlarged skin pores that get more visible over time. The pores allow your skin to breathe by emitting natural oil or sebum on its surface. Big skin pores tend to occur in areas with more sebaceous glands, mainly the ‘T-zone’ of your face. Pores degrade your skin texture and turn out to be a concern for men and women with oily or combination skin types.

Teenagers with hormonal imbalances and adults with aging skin tend to have more open pores. However, you can shrink the enlarged pores with proper treatment. Clinic Next Face can always help you to minimize your large skin pores. 

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What Causes Large Open Pores?

Here are the common causes of large open pores on your skin: 


Genetics affect the pore sizes on your skin. You are likely to have enlarged pores if your parents have them. Genes can increase the size of pores and open them up in the areas near your nose, forehead, and cheeks. Your genes may be responsible for causing bigger pores on your face. Take proper care of your skin so your pores don’t stretch out and build dead skin. 

Excessive Sebum Production 

Increased sebum production is one of the key causes of enlarged pores. Every pore contains a sebaceous gland, which secretes sebum. The excess oil released by sebaceous glands makes your skin oily. Even though sebum naturally moisturizes your skin, its excess production is highly problematic for your skin. 

Less Skin Elasticity With Ageing 

As you age, your skin loses elasticity, which can increase the size of pores. The less elasticity also stretches and sags your skin. Enlarged pores are a normal outcome of your aging as your skin produces lesser collagen which makes your skin less firm. You can have food and use a serum containing Vitamin C to prevent open pores on your skin. 

Sun Exposure

Every day sun exposure and humid climate may decrease collagen production in your skin and cause wrinkles and increase the size of pores. Collagen production is crucial to keep your skin healthy and firm. Sun exposure can sag your skin around the corners and decrease water levels. 

Long Hair Follicles 

All hairs have follicles that are positioned under pores, which are mainly the opening of hair follicles. Your pores will increase in size if hair follicles are long. 

Hormonal Fluctuations 

Hormonal changes increase the activities of sebaceous glands and produce excess sebum that causes enlarged open pores.

The above are the key causes of open pores on your skin. However, you can shrink the large pores by following the tips below:

  • Wash your face every day 
  • Exfoliate face at least two times a week 
  • Apply sunscreen lotion every day before stepping outside under the sun 
  • Use a primer to hide pores 
  • Do facials frequently

Chronic Acne 

Pores and clogs in acne-prone skin can cause whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammatory acne impairs sebum glands and follicular openings, which enlarges the pores on your skin. 

Poor Skin Conditions and Nutritional Deficiency 

Chronic radiodermatitis and Vitamin A deficiency are some causes of open pores.

How To Diagnose Large Open Pores?

At Clinic Next Face, our dermatologist will physically examine the affected area first.  They will determine the severity of your skin condition depending on the criteria below:

  • Pore sizes 
  • Pore locations 
  • The severity of the open pore condition
  • Affected area size 

Post-evaluation, our dermatologist will consider your and your family’s medical history, hormonal conditions, and living styles to identify the actual cause of the open pores. Then, we will recommend a personalized treatment to reduce the visibility of your open pores depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying causes.

Are You At Risk?

You should consult our dermatologist immediately if your skin has open pores, infections, and acne. As large skin pores are harmless and cause no pigmentation and other skin issues, they aren’t a critical medical concern. 

But, you should seek medical help if you notice a significant enlargement and distribution of your skin pores. Our dermatologist can treat open pores and improve your skin quality.


Many people try to treat open pores at home but it is not useful. Avoid applying OTC products, such as serums, creams, and toners, on your skin to reduce open pores as they will give you only temporary results. Using medicated ointments without supervision may cause severe side effects. 

Experimenting with home remedies may cause allergies and deteriorate your skin condition. So, you should always consult a dermatologist who can recommend the right type of treatment suited to your skin type and condition.

Advanced Treatments For Large Open Pores:

Enlarged pores are caused due to different reasons, which are difficult to treat. The dermatologists at Clinic Next Face combine the best medical treatments and procedures to treat open pores and enhance your look. We treat basic triggers by controlling sebum production and minimizing skin damage caused due to aging. 

Our medical experts can suggest the procedures below as standalone or combined treatments to deliver the desired results: 

TOPICALTopical Therapies 

We suggest topical applications, such as topical nicotinamide, Tretinoin, AHAs, or Vitamin C to shrink open pores. Our experts suggest the dosages and directions to visibly improve your skin texture. 

LASER TONINGLaser Toning  

Our doctors use USFDA-approved technology to do advanced laser treatment on your open pores. We apply Q-Switched YAG and fractionated erbium YAG laser to increase collagen production in your skin and shrink the open pores. Q-switched lasers visibly decrease open pores when used with photo-activated topical treatment.

MICRO NEEDLINGFractional Microneedling Radiofrequency (MNRF)

The skilled dermatologists at Clinic Next Face use little micro-needles to pass radiofrequency energy into the deeper layers of your skin. Radiofrequency boosts collagen and elastin production, which reduces the visibility of enlarged pores.

CHEMICAL PEEL 1Chemical Peels 

Our medical experts recommend the application of salicylic acid peels and glycolic acid peels to exfoliate dead cells. Chemical peels help in controlling excess sebum production and renewing. The peels are effective to shrink large pores on your skin. 


We can prescribe oral medicines such as antiandrogens (spironolactone), oral retinoids (Isotretinoin), and oral contraceptives to cure any hormonal cause of large skin pores. You should strictly follow the drug consumption-related instructions to get the best results with no side effects.


Our experts use exclusive tools to extricate closed comedones (whiteheads) and open comedones (blackheads). The extraction helps in preventing clogging and widening of pores.

Before And After Results

Now you know about all the available professional solutions for open pores. Are you aware that a simple skin-care routine can work wonders for decreasing the appearance of open pores? Read right ahead to know more!

How To Prevent The Appearance Of Large Open Pores?

You can clean your skin and protect it from the sun as basic steps to close the open pores on your skin. But, you need to do many more things to prevent the appearance of large open pores. Find them below:


Clean your face twice a day with a light, gel-based, and non-comedogenic cleanser. 


Apply a water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day on your skin to prevent premature aging caused due to sun damage. 


Use only water-based moisturizers suited for oily or combination skin. You may also consult our skin experts so they can suggest the best collagen-boosting products, like retinol.

You should opt for advanced solutions if you aren’t satisfied with the results you get after following the tips above. 



No treatment can completely remove open pores from your face. But, our advanced dermatological treatment can diminish the appearance of enlarged pores and leave your skin smoother and glossier than before. Consult our dermatologist at Clinic Next Face if your open pores are increasing so we can suggest the right treatment to give you smooth and radiant skin. Clinic Next Face aims to redefine skincare quality and deliver advanced dermatology solutions.

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Common Questions

  • What Is The Difference Between Acne Scars And Open Pores?

    Acne scars are caused by acne and stay on your skin even after they are gone. Open pores occur due to excessive sebum production that causes acne and scars.

  • Is It Possible To Close Open Pores Permanently?

    No, it is not possible to permanently close your open pores as they release natural oils to give you healthy skin.

  • Do Open Pores Cause Acne?

    Open pores don’t cause acne directly. They indicate excess sebum production, which may clog pores and acne if left untreated.

  • Are open pores curable?
    Open pores aren’t curable. However, our advanced medical-aesthetic treatment at Clinic Next Face can minimize the open pores.
  • Can You Shrink Your Pores?

    Yes, our medico-aesthetic treatment can visibly shrink your skin pores.

  • Is It Bad To Squeeze Nose Pores?

    Yes, squeezing large pores on your nose can cause hyperpigmentation and scars.

  • Are Open Pores Bad?
    Large open pores are bad as they degrade the texture and looks of your skin. They may be a visible sign of premature aging. However, you can opt for several effective treatments available to reduce their appearance.
  • Do Pores Get Bigger As You Age?

    Yes, skin pores get bigger for some people as they age. However, your skin ports may not enlarge with aging.

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