The appearance of acne starts with the pores on your skin. The oil your skin creates sometimes gets clogged in those pores, along with dirt, dead skin cells, and other debris including cosmetics. These clogged pores are what create the bumpy appearance or congestion, consisting of blackheads & whiteheads on your skin. This condition can be much worse if your pores are larger than usual. Large pores often produce more oils, resulting in greater oil and dirt becoming trapped inside them. Genetics is usually the cause of enlarged pores. If there is history of severe acne in your family, this may be why.
You may consider a pore minimizer to reduce the size and appearance of large pores. This is generally more effective when you begin treatment once the issue is noticed. To reduce pore size you can try topical retinoids. Consult with your dermatologist about this sort of treatment as the skin should be monitored as some people are allergic to them. Feelings of itchiness or reddening may indicate an allergic reaction.
Alternate ways to treat acne caused by large pores may require you to change your normal skincare routine. Using scrubs and brushes that are hard and stiff may dry out skin and cause skin sensitivity. This will lead to more dead skin to clog up pores. Certain soaps, particularly bar soaps, may cause more clogging because of their ingredients. Gentle cleaners are best for keeping the skin clear. Exfoliating often with a Beta Hydroxyl Acid product is also recommended. Not only will it clear up dead skin, BHA can exfoliate the inside of the pore, allowing it to shrink to a smaller size once the dirt and oil is cleaned out.
Although large pores aren’t always the culprit for severe acne, they can be related. If you believe that large pores are related to your acne breakouts, then you may need to consult a dermatologist for more specialized care. Like with any treatment you would take on, give whatever methods you use some time to work and show results. It may take some time, but in the end, the clear skin results will be well worth the wait.