Can I Minimize the Appearance of Large Pores?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? If the first thing you notice is your large and unsightly pores, it’s time to do something about it. Oversize pores are a common problem, but they don’t have to plague you forever. You can minimize the appearance of large pores.

What Causes Large Pores?

O-B_shutterstock_92774053The size of your pores can change throughout your life. A variety of factors from hormone levels to the amount of oil on your skin, sun damage and even age can impact pore size. Typically men have larger pores than women.

Since pore size changes depending on the health and care of your skin, we have a lot of options available for shrinking large pores and giving you that flawless, smooth skin you desire. Let’s take a quick look at a few of your options. Dr. Matarasso will help you determine which of these options is right for you.

Cleanse Carefully

Oily skin can make pores appear larger, especially if those pores become clogged. A careful cleansing regime can do wonders for your pores and for the rest of your skin too. Use a cleanser that works well with your skin type (we can help you find one); the wrong cleanser can potentially make your skin more oily, dried out or uncomfortable. Follow your cleanse with a good moisturizer.

While cleansing is important, be careful not to overdo it. Washing the skin incorrectly or too often can dry out skin and increase your body’s oil production potentially making your pore problem worse.


For a little more pore shrinking power try microdermabrasion. This non-surgical, non-chemical facial rejuvenation technique exfoliates the top layers of skin and thickens collagen. Microdermabrasion is great for large pores and blackheads, but that isn’t all it can help; you may also see improvement in skin tone, age spots, sun damage and even wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States; try it and you’ll see why. It is so mild that an anesthetic is not typically required and it only takes about 30 minutes with the results lasting about a month. Smaller pores are coming your way thanks to microdermabrasion.

Skin Creams

Depending on your skin, various skin creams and topical treatments may be available to help reduce pore size. These often work by firming the skin, supporting the skin around the pores to decrease their size.

If you’re plagued by large pores, banish them. Come in to our offices and let Dr. Matarasso take a look at your skin. Give us a call today.