How to Shrink Large Pores

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Large pores are a very common skin issue. Pore size is mostly determined by genetics, but can also be affected by environmental factors. The same way people tend to have the same eye color, hair color or other characteristics as one of their parents, this is also true for pore size. Some people have small pores while others’ pores are large.

Your pores are important to the health of your skin. They are the portal for sebum, which is the oil that keeps your skin moist and lubricated, so without them your skin dries out. For people with oily skin, their pores are more likely to be larger and more noticeable, so they frequently seek out help with shrinking their pores.

What Can You Do About Large Pores?

Of course, keeping your pores clean makes a difference in their appearance. Pores that are clogged are stretched as they fill with dirt and oil. In addition to washing your face frequently and exfoliating periodically there are some other treatments that have had great results in shrinking pores.


Periodic Hydrafacials are a great way to thoroughly clean out your pores. Pores that are cleared of blackheads and blockages will look less obvious. The Hydrafacial uses antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin while cleansing, exfoliating and extracting the pores.


Microneedling is a way to increase collagen production in the skin and help shrink the appearance of pores. At The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, we use Rejuvapen technology to create micro injuries in the surface of the skin. After these injuries are made, the body’s natural response is to “heal” the injury, which induces the production of collagen. Patients that have microneedling using Rejuvapen done on a regular basis see amazing improvements in the appearance of large pores, acne scars, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.


Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, photo facials work by using light that penetrates multiple layers of skin. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin, which can treat a number of different dermatological issues. IPL photo facials can minimize enlarged pores by tightening them.

If you’re looking to dramatically diminish your pore size, you should diligently schedule your treatment sessions according to your skin care providers recommendations. Multiple treatments scheduled a few weeks apart is the best way to see a dramatic improvement in pore size.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your pores, schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery.

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