How Do You Fix Holes in Your Skin?

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2021

10 tips for large pores

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Here are 10 tips to help minimize the appearance of your skin’s pores.

Your body is filled with innumerable pores, sometimes referred to as holes, which release excess oil and sweat. While common, many people do not like too many large pores on their faces.

If you have large pores and want to fix them, here are 10 tips that can help minimize their appearance:

Tip 1: Cleanse your face two times a day

Cleanse your face at least two times a day—after you get up in the morning and before going to bed at night. This helps clear the oil on your face and prevent clogging of pores.

Tip 2: Choose your skin-care products and makeup wisely

Apply only those products on your skin that contain one or more of the following things mentioned on their label:

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Oil-free
  • Does not clog pores

Tip 3: Apply sunscreen every day

Sun damage causes the skin to lose its firmness. The less firm your skin is, the more likely it is to have more pores. Applying sunscreen of SPF30 or more ensures that your skin is protected from any type of sun damage even while it's raining.

Tip 4: Get your acne treated

Acne can clog your pores and make them appear bigger. If you have mild acne, try using a salicylic acid-based cleanser. If your acne does not subside, get it treated by a board-certified skin specialist or dermatologist.

Tip 5: Avoid scrubbing your skin

Never scrub, squeeze, or pick at your skin. These activities can irritate your skin and make your pores more noticeable.

Tip 6: Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin at least one time a week can make the pores less noticeable. You can consult a dermatologist who will recommend the best exfoliating product for your skin.

Tip 7: Use retinol

Products that contain retinol or retinyl palmitate are good for applying at bedtime if your skin:

  • Is oily.
  • Has mild acne.
  • Has turned less firm.

Tip 8: Use a clay mask

Clay masks dry the sebum under your skin. After the clay masks dry, pulling them or washing them off pulls the impurities in the pores and makes the pore appear less visible. Use them at least one or two times a week.

Tip 9: Try a chemical peel

Ask your dermatologist if you can go for peeling treatments for your skin. There are several peeling agents available at your dermatologist’s office such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and more that may help reduce sebum production, make the pores appear smaller, and make your skin smooth.

Tip 10: Treat sagging skin

With age, our skin tends to lose its firmness and becomes sagging. Sagging can make your pores appear larger. There are many tightening treatments available at your dermatologist’s office that can treat your sagging skin.

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2021
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