Enlarged Pores

Enlarged pores are a very common skin concern that can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. There are several different causes for enlarged pores, so it can be frustrating to attempt to treat them at home. In addition, you may simply have inherited naturally larger pores that are difficult to change without the care of a qualified and experienced dermatologist. At Arlington Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists understand the causes of enlarged pores and develop custom treatment options that suit each patient’s needs, so you can shrink your pores effectively and enjoy enhanced confidence in your appearance.

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What Causes Enlarged Pores?

Macro skin with enlarged pores. The girl touches the irritated red skin with her fingers.

Most commonly, you may have enlarged pores due to a a genetic predisposition. However, enlarged pores can also be a result of:

  • Aging and decreased skin elasticity 
  • Chronic sun damage
  • Thicker skin type 
  • Oily skin
  • Use of acne-inducing over-the-counter skincare products

Who Gets Enlarged Pores?

You are more likely to have or develop enlarged pores if you:

  • Have thicker skin or an oily skin type
  • Are older
  • Have close relatives with enlarged pores (genetic predisposition)

How Can I Prevent Enlarged Pores?

You may be able to prevent or improve your enlarged pores by controlling the contributing factors. For example, if you have oily skin, you can prevent enlarged pores by following a skincare routine that is suitable to your skin type and prevents excess oil. Similarly, certain cosmetic procedures can help improve decreased skin elasticity associated with natural aging, which can help prevent enlarged pores. At Arlington Dermatology, your dermatologist will recommend a personalized treatment plan that suits your unique needs and best addresses all of your skin concerns.  

Why Treat Enlarged Pores?

Enlarged pores can be cosmetically bothersome and can potentially lead to worsening acne. Regardless of the cause, there are treatment options that can help address your individual concerns. 

How Can I Treat Enlarged Pores?

Human skin pore texture with dirty blackheads. Suitable for cleaning skin.

First, your board-certified dermatologist will thoroughly evaluate your skin and confirm your diagnosis. Your treatment plan will vary depending on factors such as your overall goals, skin type, and other factors. Some options include:

Schedule an Appointment 

If enlarged pores are making you feel self-conscious, a board-certified dermatologist can help. At Arlington Dermatology, our experienced dermatologists can evaluate your skin and develop an effective treatment plan tailored to your unique skin type and needs. 

To schedule an appointment at Arlington Dermatology, please call our office or contact us online.