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5 reasons why your pores look HUGE

Published on:30 April 2021, 14:52pm IST
To understand how you can treat enlarged pores, it is necessary to understand what they are and the various causes behind them. Read on to know more.
Aayushi Gupta
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Enlarged pores can make your skin look aged and unhealthy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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If you have naturally oily skin, it’s highly likely that you will have enlarged pores. This is because when there’s excess production of oil, dead skin cells and dirt gets trapped in your skin, which causes pores to grow in size. 

Unfortunately, enlarged pores are pretty common and can make your skin look dull and unhealthy. It may even make you look older than you are! In certain cases, it could also trigger severe acne. 

But why does this happen? Let’s find out:

Here are the primary reasons for enlarged pores on your face:

1. It could be genetic

Genetics play a vital role in determining pore size, so if your parents have enlarged pores, there’s a high chance you will have them too. Genes can cause your skin pores to grow in size, and open up around your cheeks, forehead, and nose. 

Your genes might be responsible for larger pires on your face. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Along with this, if you don’t take proper care of your skin, it can cause dead skin build-up and stretch out your pores. 

2. Increased sebum production

The main cause of enlarged pores is excessive sebum production. Each pore contains a sebaceous (oil) gland that secretes sebum. And when sebaceous glands produce excess oil, it leads to oily skin. Although sebum acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin; excess production is a big problem. Now you know the reason behind enlarged pores! 

Also, Read: These 7 home remedies will help you shrink those enlarged pores naturally

3. Loss of skin elasticity with age

Ageing is inevitable, isn’t it? As you grow older, your skin loses its elasticity, which can cause your pores to look bigger than usual. It also makes your skin look stretched and saggy. Enlarged pores are a natural part of the ageing process, as collagen production in the skin starts reducing, making skin less firm. 

Tip: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can boost collagen production, in order to prevent enlarged pores.

Enlarged pores are sometimes depressions in the facial skin surface. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Sun damage

Humid climate and increased sun exposure can reduce collagen in your skin, causing wrinkles and large pores. Collagen production is important, because it keeps your skin firm and healthy. Further, sun damage can trigger sagging around the edges, thereby reducing the water levels in the skin.

5. Large hair follicles

Every hair has a follicle, and every hair follicle is positioned under a pore. Pores are basically the opening of hair follicles. When hair follicles are large, your pores will also be large! 

But you can shrink those pores by following these tips:

  • Wash your face regularly;
  • Exfoliate your face twice a week;
  • Moisturise twice a day;
  • Use sunscreen every day;
  • Use a make-up primer to conceal pores;
  • Get frequent facials.

Most importantly, make sure you are gentle, while handing your skin.

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.