Enlarged pores

We’re giving it to you straight – your skin needs pores to maintain your natural oils, called sebum. Because of this, you can never get rid of them completely. Also, as we age, our skin undergoes changes that can contribute further to the appearance of larger pores. Your skin’s natural elasticity and firmness decrease, which can cause the pores to lose shape and become more visible. The skin also produces less oil, which can lead to dehydration and dryness, exacerbating the appearance of large pores.

Don’t worry, we have some great info and ingredient help! Paying a little extra attention to what you put on (and how you care for) your skin can reduce the appearance (and inflammation) of enlarged pores.

What causes enlarged pores?

Large pores can be caused by various factors that lead to a loss of firmness and elasticity and make pores appear more prominent.

  1. Some people are simply born with larger pores.
  2. Our skin loses collagen (the skin’s main building block) as we age. A gene variation that causes increased Collagen Breakdown can also add additional risk.
  3. Natural oil production can clog pores and cause them to stretch or clog. Dry skin can irritate and increase the visibility of pores as well.
  4. Overexposure to UVA rays. Note: a gene variation that reduces your skin’s natural UVA or Photo-Defense can add additional risk.
  5. Harsh skincare products, over-washing, or scrubbing. Remove your make-up every day.
  6. Hormone fluctuations, particularly during puberty and menopause.
  7. Environmental agitation from temperature, wind, and oxidative stressors like airborne debris, allergens, and pollution (including smoking)

Ingredients to Avoid

Certain topical ingredients should be avoided or used with extreme caution, as they can irritate and intensify the appearance of your pores. These include:

  • Alcohol can dry and irritate pores, leading to inflammation.
  • Fragrances can also irritate pores; some can cause an allergic reaction. Therefore, choosing fragrance-free products is best when dealing with enlarged pores.
  • Mineral oil is a common ingredient in skincare products, but it can clog pores and worsen their appearance
  • Silicones can trap dirt and bacteria and clog pores
  • Scrubs and brushes can be too harsh for the skin and cause micro-tears on the skin’s surface, leading to pore inflammation and irritation. It’s best to opt for gentle chemical exfoliants instead.

Ingredients to the Rescue

These hero ingredients can keep your pores clear of impurities that might make them appear larger.

  • Salicylic Acid: This BHA exfoliates the skin, removes dead skin cells, and unclogs pores. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and irritation.
  • Niacinamide: This ingredient helps regulate sebum production. It also can help reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation.
  • Retinols: These vitamin A derivatives promote cell turnover, reducing the appearance of pores. They also can reduce the appearance of inflammation and irritation.
  • AHAs: These water-soluble acids help exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, leading to smoother, clearer skin and reduced pore size.
  • Witch Hazel: This natural astringent helps tighten the pores, reducing their appearance. It also can help to reduce inflammation and irritation. Note: great for sensitive skin types.
  • Green Tea Extract: This antioxidant-rich ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and irritation and reduce the appearance of pores.
Everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you need clarification on whether a particular ingredient is right for your skin, it’s best to consult with a skincare professional.
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The Skin DNA Categories that Contribute to Enlarged Pores

Collagen + Elasticity

Collagen Deficiency

Collagen helps to support the structure of the skin, including the pores. As we age, collagen production decreases, which can cause the skin to lose elasticity and firmness. This can lead to enlarged pores, as the skin around the pores becomes less taut and less able to hold the pore tightly closed.

1-in-3 people have accelerated collagen breakdown.

UV Damage

UV Damage

UV rays damage collagen, which can cause the skin to lose elasticity, making the pores appear more visible.

2 in 5 people have deficient UV defenses.

Free Radical Damage

Free Radicals

Free radicals can contribute to the buildup of sebum, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts. They can also damage the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, making the pores appear larger and more visible.

1 in 2 people has reduced antioxidant protection.


Knowing the root of the problem makes it much easier to care for your skin.

Experience the Power of KNOWING!