Large pores remain one of the top skin concerns we see at La Belle Peau. They are caused by a variety of factors and understanding what causes large pores is the first step in determining the most effective treatment for each individual.

The top five causes of large pores

Most people suffering from large pores experience a combination of contributing factors. The top five causes are:

1. Oily skin

If you naturally have oily skin, it is very likely you will have enlarged pores. This is because excess oil can trap dead skin cells and dirt inside your pores, making your skin swell and your pores look larger than normal.

2. The natural ageing process

Ageing causes your skin to stretch due to loss of collagen and elasticity. Because pores are part of the skin, when the skin stretches with age, pores will stretch along with it and therefore appear larger.

3. Sun damage

UV damage contributes to large pores by accelerating the ageing process. Not only does sun damage breaks down your skin’s collagen and elastin, it reduces your skin’s ability to retain moisture. When your skin is dehydrated, your natural sebum flow becomes stronger and thicker to compensate. As a result, the pores can become clogged more easily and this contributes to the appearance of large pores.

4. Your gender and hormones

Biologically, men have more active sebaceous (oil) glands, and therefore more pores than women. However hormonal changes, like pregnancy, menstruation and puberty can increase sebaceous gland activity in women and this can contribute to the appearance of large pores.

5. Genetics

People who have inherited naturally oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores since their oil glands are more active and, as a result, need a bigger opening for releasing oil.