Oily Skin Problems: What Reduces Large Pores?

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As we grow up, one of the things we notice from all the changes in our skin is our pores get bigger as we age. This is especially true when you are predisposed to have large pores in the first place. If your mom or dad has large pores, most likely you will too.

The only consolation? You are not prone to having wrinkles compared to those who have dry skin (who, enviably has poreless-looking skin). People with large pores deal with blackheads, bumpy skin, oily skin, and pimples because the pores make a good breeding ground for bacteria and result in these skin problems. (1)

Is it possible to reduce the size of pores or are we eternally doomed?

What to blame for this holey mess?

There are multiple factors that affect pore size.

Genetics play a large part in determining your pore size. Like mentioned, if your parents have large pores, you will also have large pores.

Sebum production affects pore size too. Men are more susceptible to having larger pores because they produce more sebum compared to women.

Hormones also affect pore size because it can affect oil production. That’s why we see breakouts commonly happen during adolescence and usually around that time of the month nearing the menstruation period.

Sun exposure and Age can also factor in having large pores. As we age and as we have more UV exposure, our collagen reserve is depleted. UV rays destroy collagen in our skin that results in losing the skin’s elasticity and pores appearing larger from getting clogged with sebum, dirt, oil, and dead skin.

Inelastic skin makes pores look bigger and more dilated compared to firm skin that essentially supports the pores and makes it appear smaller.

What can we do to make pores appear smaller?

If your genes are to blame why you have large pores, do not fret. Although you cannot change your genetic makeup, you can arm yourself with the knowledge not to make it worse.

Use sunblock or sunscreen daily. This has been a common tip from beauty experts and we might have read about sunscreen’s importance before, but we can’t just know about it, we have to actually apply it. We need to block off these harmful UV rays not just to make our pores appear smaller but also delay the signs of aging such as fine lines and age spots.

If you are fond of applying makeup, mineral makeups can also help absorb oil for those who have oily skin or combination skin. It also helps to apply a primer before putting on makeup to make sure you will have a smooth surface to work with. Primers help make pores appear smaller too.

Having a good skincare routine also helps make pores appear smaller. Always, always remove makeup before going to sleep to prevent dirt, makeup, and oil from stretching your pores.

Another tip to make the pores look smaller is through regular exfoliation. If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate 2-3 times per week. If you have dry skin, exfoliate once up to twice a week to keep pores clog-free.

You can invest in facial washes with salicylic acid or glycolic acid to remove the dead skin that not only clogs your pores but also make your skin appear dull and old. Or you can invest in exfoliating devices such as an at-home microdermabrasion device.

In-office treatments are also recommended to clean out clogged pores. It is a good practice to see a licensed esthetician on a monthly basis if possible. They can recommend proper treatments like non-ablative laser therapies to permanently shrink pores.

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Then again, not everyone can afford in-office treatments on a regular basis. Also, it is not good to rely on infrequent in-office treatments and does not follow a routine or maintenance afterward. It’s like, you pay a lot for a very good but infrequent facial but do not take necessary steps to take care of your skin on a daily basis. The effort will just be worthless.

Trophy Skin has developed at-home microdermabrasion systems that help you achieve a salon-quality microdermabrasion. Basically, it is a deep exfoliation that helps remove dead skin, flatten scars, improve the texture of the skin, and make the pores look smaller with continued use.

In fact, we conducted a clinical study and 80% of the respondents experienced decreased pore size!

Microdermabrasion makes your skin glow and rejuvenated. Aside from that, the suction works to improve blood circulation and help deliver collagen and other nutrients where it is needed the most.

Is the result permanent?

Indeed, having smaller pores is to die for. We just have to remember to wear sunscreen, exfoliate, and develop a routine to keep our skin in tip top shape. However, you cannot keep your pores look smaller with just having one microdermabrasion. 

That is why in-office treatments will cost you more because to continue getting the results you want, you have to maintain having those treatments. In the long run, it will be very expensive for an average Jane or Joe.

Investing in your own at-home microdermabrasion device is a better idea. You can keep having microdermabrasion once, twice or three times a week at your own time. The only thing you have to replace is the diamond tips, which lasts 3 to 6 months with normal use. Also, you may want to purchase the filters to protect the suction motor of your microdermabrasion device. 

Trophy Skin microdermabrasion devices have a limited 1-year warranty. If you ever need technical support, all you need to do is get in touch with our Customer Service Department. You may also consult our friendly Customer Service Representatives to know which microdermabrasion device is best for your budget and personal skin goals.


Blair, W. (2020) How to Get Rid of Blackheads


Environment, Health, and Safety Division (2018) Ultraviolet Radiation


Pagan, Camille Noe. (2021) What is Red Light Therapy? 


Samanta S. (2021) Vitamin D and Immunomodulation in the Skin: A Useful Affirmative Nexus 


Skin Cancer Organization (2019) Photoaging: What You Need to Know About the Other Kind of Aging


World Health Organization (2017) Radiation: The Known Health Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation


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