How to reduce open pores

Large or open pores as they are commonly know are one of the top 3 skin concerns we see in clinic. 

So let’s find out what causes them?

They are several different factors leading to open pores but the thing that is most important is determining the cause so that the most effective treatment can be tailored for each individual.  

Most people who are troubled with open pores will most likely have 2-3 contributing factors:

The top five causes are: 


1. Oily skin: If you have a true oily skin (only 3% of the population do) it is very likely you will have enlarged pores. This is because excess oil can swell the pore wall and your pores look larger than normal.


2. Ageing / UV Damage : Ageing causes your skin to ‘droop’ due to loss of collagen and elasticity. Because pores are part of the skin, when the skin becomes more lax with age, pores will stretch along with it and therefore appear larger.


3. Incorrect Skincare: If you’re using any products designed to clear excess oil or refine pores, you could be working against yourself. These products commonly produce a drying effect, leading your pores to look smaller. But if your skin becomes too dry, your sebaceous glands increase sebum production to replenish the lost moisture. This leads you back to oily skin.


4. Your gender and hormones: Men have more active sebaceous glands, and therefore more pores than women. Both their sebaceous glands and their pores are larger than those of women, with sebum production being double that of women.  However hormonal changes, like pregnancy, menstruation and puberty can increase sebaceous gland activity in women and this can contribute to the appearance of large pores.


5. Genetics: People who have inherited a genetic oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores since their oil glands are more active. 

So how do you improve or minimise them?

There is no one treatment or one product to reduce pores, our approach to this skin condition is always multi-faceted. 
To achieve smaller pores we start by:

  1. First the assessing your skin type and skin history.
  2. We then carry out professional treatments so that the pores are cleared of any excess oil and dead skin cell build up.
  3. We introduce Homecare products to regulate the oil flow and then progress to tighten the pore opening if required. 
  4. Wait and watch the progress. Microneedling may be recommended depending on the severity of the problem.
  • Open Pores Before and After

The Skin Health clinic is located in Poyntzpass County Down . Just 45 minutes from Belfast and 1 hour from Dublin.