If you were to make a list of the most common skin problems and complaints, you’d probably find “enlarged pores” on there somewhere. Pores are the small openings in the skin that let oil and sweat out to the surface. You need your pores, so closing them off isn’t exactly an option. But you don’t have to put up with seeing enlarged pores on your face every time you look in the mirror.
Several factors can influence the size of your pores. Some people just genetically have larger pores than others. Often, people with darker complexions have larger pores than people with light skin.
How dry or oily your skin is can also influence the size of your pores. People with oily skin tend to have larger or more visible pores. When skin is very dry, it can look almost pore-less. While that might seem desirable, remember that having very dry skin has its own set of problems, including flakiness and more obvious wrinkling.
One thing that’s important to understand about your pores is that their size is influenced by your genes. That means that if you naturally have larger pores than the average person, you can’t really “shrink” your pores. If your enlarged pores are because of a buildup of oil and debris on the skin or because of a loss of collagen or elastin, however, there are things you can do to minimize their appearance.