Contrary to popular belief, we cannot change the size of our pores, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Pore size is one of the most common skincare concerns. That being said, when skin is healthy and functioning at its best, pores appear refined and less noticeable.
The pores we are born with determine our skin type. For those with oily skin, this equates to larger pores that can result in an orange peel look, especially as we age. At the other end of the spectrum, people with dry skin have small and sometimes even invisible pores. Pore size can vary over the face according to sebum (oil) production, which explains why pores are often larger and more noticeable towards the center ‘t-zone’ section of the face.
The amount of sebum that is produced by our skin can contribute to the enlargement of the pores. When oil and dead skin cells build-up and become trapped within the pore they form a comedone (blackhead). Additionally, loss of collagen as we age can make pores appear larger since the skin naturally loses its firmness and tone.