Enlarged Pores and How to get rid of them?

Pores are quite noticeable on your skin especially when you are from an oily skin type. These are the tiny holes in your skin. And there are two types of pores:

  • One releases the body’s natural oil which is ‘sebum’.
  • And the other one releases sweat.

These pores are quite enlarged and do not allow your make-up to settle down.

Thus, this blog explores the ways in which you can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores on your skin.

Exfoliation is the key

Exfoliation is very important for oily skin people. They should exfoliate at least once or twice a week to remove
  • dust that can clog the pores.
  • Dead skin cells
  • Excess oil

You can get your hands on any exfoliant that is from a BHA family. It will exfoliate your skin from within, giving you a smooth canvas.

However, do not exfoliate more than twice a week as it may dry out your skin.

Picking up water-based products

The moisturising creams available contain various ingredients including different oils. Thus, it is important to use gel or water- based products that are not only oil-free but are also hydrating at the same time.

Example: You can definitely use honey or urea that acts as humectants and benefits people from an oily skin family.

Oil based products contain:

  • Petrolatum
  • Coconut oil
  • Different kinds of other oils

All of these ingredients are not good for enlarged pores. Hence, say a big ‘No’ to them and opt for light water-based products.

Cleansing the face both morning and night

Cleansing your face with a cleanser is quite basic in our skin care regime. But, it’s more than just basic. It does make a huge difference on our face.

Following are the guidelines to follow while washing your face:

  • Washing up your face twice a day after you sweat a lot or do any sports.
  • Using lukewarm water to wash your face.
  • Picking up a gentle cleanser.
  • Avoid scrubbing your skin harshly.
  • Patting the face dry with a clean towel.

Washing your face helps you get rid of all the dirt and gunk early in the morning. 

Going for gel-based cleansers

A gel-based cleanser is heavenly for an oily skin family to make their pores less visible.

It is better to avoid oil-based or moisturising cleansers as they leave residue into the pores. This in turn, increases oiliness on your face making it look greasy.

Moisturising regularly

Oily skin people might not feel the idea of moisturising daily. But it is really important to keep your skin moisturised at any time.

Oil-free moisturisers are best friends for people with oily skin. The procedure to be followed is:

  • Wash your face and gently pat dry
  • Tone your skin and apply a moisturiser
  • Finally apply a sunscreen to lock in everything

The sole benefit of moisturising is that it prevents pores from clogging.

Clay mask is the key

Using a clay mask is a go-to step for people with oily skin. Clay is used to absorb sebum and helps remove extra oil from the face.

However, it is advised to not overdo or over treat your skin as it may cause irritation and dry it excessively.

Removing Make-up should be your priority

Sleeping with makeup is a big No even when you are too tired to remove it. It can block your pores due to oil and makeup on your face.

However, when in a hurry makeup wipes come in handy.

Wearing sunscreen is a must!

Sun exposure can damage your skin the most. It can dry out your skin to an extent that your pores get enlarged. Thus, sunscreen is the solution.

People should choose Spf of 30 or above.


Enlarged pores can make your make-up look quite cakey. Thus, it is important to treat them well so that they do not collect dirt and gunk on your face. The ways mentioned above will definitely help you treat your pores and give you a smooth canvas for makeup.

However, do see a doctor if you have other ongoing problems with enlarged pores to promote healthy skin.