Why Do I Get Large Pores?

Why do I get Large Pores?

Why Do I Get Large Pores?

Large pores are a common skincare concern that can affect your confidence and the overall appearance of your complexion. Understanding why you get large pores is the first step toward minimising them and achieving smoother, more refined skin. In this article, we'll explore the causes of large pores and provide insights into effective treatments to help you maintain a flawless complexion.

"There are three main causes for enlarged pores. These include; excess production of sebum, high volume hair follicles and reduction of the skin’s elasticity. Lifestyle and genetics including age, diet and gender can also play a role. "

Dr. Yannis Alexandrides

What causes wide pores?

Excess Oil Production

One of the primary reasons for large pores is excessive oil production. When your skin produces too much sebum, the oil can mix with dead skin cells and clog your pores. This clogging stretches the pores, making them appear larger.


As we age, our skin loses elasticity and firmness due to the natural decline in collagen and elastin production. This loss of elasticity causes the skin to sag, which can make pores look more pronounced. Ageing also slows down cell turnover, leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells that can clog and wide pores.


Genetics play a significant role in determining your pore size. If your parents have large pores, you're more likely to have them too. Skin type, whether oily or dry, and pore size are often inherited traits.

Sun Damage

Prolonged sun exposure can damage the collagen and elastin fibres in your skin, leading to decreased skin elasticity. This damage can cause your pores to stretch and appear larger over time. Sun damage also thickens the skin's surface, which can further emphasize pore size.

What causes wide pores?

Improper Skincare Routine

Using the wrong skincare products or neglecting proper skincare practices can contribute to enlarged pores. Products that are too harsh can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing an overproduction of sebum. Additionally, inadequate cleansing can leave behind impurities that clog pores.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations, particularly during puberty, pregnancy, or menstruation, can increase oil production. This increase can lead to clogged and enlarged pores.

Large and wide pores can be a frustrating skincare issue, but understanding the causes can help you effectively address them. By incorporating a consistent skincare routine with targeted treatments and protecting your skin from sun damage, you can minimise the appearance of large pores and achieve a smoother, more refined complexion.

Words approved by: Dr Yannis Alexandrides

Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 111SKIN, is a renowned cosmetic surgeon and innovator in skincare. Informed by over 30 years of medical experience, his pioneering formulas merge science and luxury, delivering unparalleled results globally, redefining skincare standards. 

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