Reducing the Appearance of Large Pores

January 4, 2006

A woman with a pore strip on her nose.I would like to know how I control large pores and blackheads. I have tried many products and none seem to work! i don't have a lot of money and hate wasting it on products that don't work.


Julie Capone from Watertown, NY


By CAROL (Guest Post)
January 6, 20060 found this helpful

Retin-A is the only thing I've found that works. You get it by prescription from your doctor for this purpose. Large pores with blackheads is a sign of adult acne. It is heriditery. If you scrub the area more, it will only make your skin product more oil and thus more clogged pores.. If possible, visit a dermatologist.
Best wishes

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January 7, 20061 found this helpful

I've had problems with blackheads, most of my life till recent months. I started using Pond's Exfoliating Clean Sweep Cucumber Cleansing Towelettes. I've noticed a big difference in my facial problem areas. This one's a keeper!!

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By (Guest Post)
January 7, 20060 found this helpful

this works for acne i spent a lot of money on my sons face with no cure, then we read in
Dear Abby one day and a answered pray was there.... mix up on raw egg every night apply to face and let dry then wash off. might get a little worse at first few days then clearer and clearer as face gets better can cut back to less frequet use every week but is really really works and i do not know why or how.


It is a thing from INDIA. lots o luck

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By Mary (Guest Post)
January 7, 20060 found this helpful

I think the Biore Pore strips work very well. The blackheads will return, but if you do it once a week or so, you can maybe keep them at bay. I use plain baking soda each time I wash my face as a frugal, mild and super-effective scrub. Just mix a good amount of it with your soap so it's gritty. Apply some pressure, but don't go nuts with rubbing. I had some under-the-skin whiteheads that no amount of acne cream would eliminate (sorry to gross you out!) After about a week of using the baking soda, they dried up and literally "fell out." I also swear by the blue Clean and Clear oil blotting sheets. Used a couple of times a day, you won't believe how they freshen your face. Keeping my skin as oil free as I can makes my pores appear to be smaller. If you use a moisturizer, stop. Your skin is already oily and you don't need it, no matter what any cosmetic sales person may tell you. Your skin won't produce more oil by keeping it squeaky clean. That's a wives taie.

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By Bonnie (Guest Post)
January 7, 20060 found this helpful

I use an Avon product called pore-fection cleanser. It has helped me.

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By TBird (Guest Post)
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I've been using Bath and Body Works Pore Refining Face Mask once a week for a few weeks now, and I cannot believe the improvement that I've seen already. I know it's a bit overpriced, but if you can catch it on sale like I did, it's well worth it. I also bought the Oil Control Face Moisturizer which I use daily after I wash with Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser.


It doesn't make my face greasy like every other moisturizer has done. I'm very happy with the products, I only wish I had bough more while they were on sale!

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By cooper (Guest Post)
May 20, 20060 found this helpful

I have had good luck with witch hazel for my large pores. I wipe it on with a cotton ball at night. It is not expensive, and it has worked well for me.

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By jacob (Guest Post)
August 29, 20060 found this helpful

im 13 and i have blackheads on my nose that are under pimples it seems everyday more and more blackheads come what do i do(

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By sally duplisea (Guest Post)
March 19, 20070 found this helpful

i get read of blackheads every day ,and they come back as fast as i get read of them. what can i do about it?

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By (Guest Post)
March 27, 20070 found this helpful

Retin-A works for me very well. You can get it by prescription

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March 27, 20070 found this helpful

For large pores you can use baking power in your face and then wash this will work out and effect you. Second is you can use malacare tube for your face. But remember don't use facila after that

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

If you are very young with blackheads - my advice would be to clean your skin with a very mild, sensitive foaming cleanser and rinse off with lots and lots of water - then do nothing else - no make-up, no face cream, maybe just tone with neat witchazel. 2 Or 3 times a week use a scrub of oatmeal made into a paste with water, worked in small curcular motions and rinsed off well.


Don't be tempted to keep washing your face as this will just make your skin greasier as will using harsh cleansers made specifically for acne - it actually activates the sebaceous glands into over compensating and producing more sebum. The best thing you can do is to make sure your keep your hair clean and off your face, change your pillow cases often, avoid touching your face, drink 2 liters of water each day - cut out sugar, and crappy junk food - eat your 5-a-day fruit and veg and go to your doctor and get some antibiotics specifically for treating acne.

For older women with open pores and blackheads but otherwise stable skin - use toothpaste as a face pack - toothpaste is also good for drying up spots. Use the cheap, basic type of toothpaste. And get a little bit of sunshine without any screen - not being baked in the sun, but 20 minutes outside each day. Nothing dries up greasy skin better than sunshine.


Regards borasic lint

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By Rebecca (Guest Post)
January 28, 20080 found this helpful

It always seems like when I try a new product to control my large pores and blackheads, the product works for a week or two, but then my skin goes back to looking shabby again. I've spent lots of money on all the latest products, but they all end up having the same effect on my skin. I've been struggling with acne since middle school, and at 23, I feel like my acne phase should be over. I just don't know what to try anymore.

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By Jon (Guest Post)
March 26, 20080 found this helpful

you can buy Retin-A or tretinoin (same thing) online without a prescription - i did. try get a generic version they're cheaper. I bought stieva-a for about £16 ($30) but it depends on the % u pick. you should use it regular, in small amounts, it thins your skin. try starting at a low % and work your way up if needed.


It also can make your skin sensitive to the sun so use sun cream etc if you can. btw when you first use it, it might make things worse but stick with it.

I would also say try taking some vitamins and eating properly. retina-A (tretinoin) is a derivative of vitamin A, try eating some of them :D and drinking more water

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By Angela (Guest Post)
August 17, 20080 found this helpful

I'm about 13 now and i have major blackheads and a few pimples, and just yesterday i was searching through the internet, looking for something that can help my blackheads,pimples, and pores. Then I heard that if you mix baking soda and water, put it on your face, it will get rid of it all. I finally used it today and honestly my skin feels great. All you have to do is mix baking soda with water (make it into paste) leave it for as long as you wish, then wash your face with water until all of the baking soda is off.

After i tried it the first time , my face felt fresh, no oil was left, and I saw that already some of my pimples and blackheads were shrinking. I was amazed! You gotta try it! Also for whiter teeth try mixing water with backing soda mixed with your tooth paste, when you brush your teeth!

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How can I minimize my pores on my face?

By meggon from Killeen, TX


September 11, 20090 found this helpful

Wow, thanks for all of the great ideas! I hesitate to say what I've been using. My huge pores are no longer clogged, but they're not going anywhere of their own volition either! After scarring the bridge of my nose, I discovered that applying some OTC scar diminishing creme (from any drugstore) helps quite a bit to minimize the pores on my nose, but I do see a lot of other ideas which are intriguing!

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May 10, 2013

I have very large pores (holes) on the nose and near the cheeks (bumps). I tried Eskinol Pore Minimizing toner and it works "well" for me, but it contains alcohol, so I'd like to skip that. I wanted to try Neutrogena alcohol free toner, but it's expensive and I searched and found that it does not get really good reviews (maybe it'll be just like water like my Celeteque hydration toner).

So now I want to try cheap, natural, drugstore alternatives.

Please help me!

God bless.

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September 19, 2009

I have a serious problem with my skin pores. My skin is dry, but still I have enlarged pores on my skin. Please suggest to me an effective way to control/reduce pore, because it looks really ugly.

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February 25, 2012

I'm 46 yrs old and have noticed I've got large pores on my face. I can't make it look smooth even with makeup. What can I do to make my face look and be smoother?

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December 15, 2019

Mix up your own, significantly less expensive, pore minimizing face primer using cosmetics you probably already have. Combine translucent powder, moisturizing cream, and foundation that matches your skin tone. You will love the results.

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July 27, 2009

I have oily skin, I don't want to dry it out but what can I use to minimize my pores?

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September 10, 2009

For large pores, make a paste of almond meal, (from the health food store). Put it on your nose, chin, or wherever your pores are large.

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