Why Are My Pores So Big and What Can I Do About Them?

Why Are My Pores So Big and What Can I Do About Them?

Your pores are fundamental to the health and structure of your skin. But when they’re enlarged, you might feel frustrated and self-conscious — especially if those large pores are spread across your face.

The good news? You don’t have to live with unsightly pores. Vicki Rapaport, MD, and our team at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills specialize in custom facials to address this common skincare concern.

Here’s what you need to know about pores, why they can appear large, and how professional custom facials can help smooth your skin and restore your confidence.

Understanding pores

Pores are tiny openings in your skin that contain hair follicles and sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that moisturizes and protects your skin. Your pores also release sweat, and they play an essential role in regulating your body temperature.

Your pore size is primarily determined by genetics. That means that you can inherit larger pores from your parents. And while the size of your pores is mostly fixed, there are a few factors that can make your pores look bigger.

The possible causes of large pores

Clogged pores are one of the most common reasons pores appear larger. Excess sebum can mix with dead skin cells and debris, blocking pores and stretching the walls. Acne, like frequent blackheads and whiteheads, can also stretch the surrounding skin and make pores seem more prominent. 

Other issues can also contribute to larger-looking pores. UV rays from the sun can increase sebum production and excessive sun exposure can weaken the collagen fibers in your skin, both of which can make pores more visible.

And as you age, your skin naturally begins to lose collagen and elastin. It gets less firm and elastic, and this loss of elasticity can make pores look bigger.

Bothered by big pores? How facial treatments can help

Enlarged pores are common. And if you’re embarrassed by the look of your skin, Dr. Rapaport and our team are here to help. 

Custom facials are a fantastic option to address big pores. We tailor these treatments to your specific skin concerns — and that includes pore size. Here are a few of the most popular facial treatments we offer for large pores:

Custom facials

Our facials involve cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your skin. We open your pores with a steam bath, then remove surface debris and dead skin cells. We perform extractions as needed to clear clogs, and finish with a mask and moisturizer to leave you feeling refreshed.


This non-invasive procedure uses a machine to gently exfoliate the top layer of your skin, and it can effectively reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Microdermabrasion helps remove dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production, giving your skin a smoother and more refined texture.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels use a blend of exfoliating acids to remove damaged skin cells and promote collagen production. A series of chemical peels can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and improve your overall skin texture, and our team works with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your aesthetic goals.

Enlarged pores are frustrating — but achieving smoother, more refined skin is possible! Learn about the benefits of professional facials with a consultation at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills. Call our offices in Beverly Hills and Culver City, California, to get started today. 

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