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Simple Solutions To Reduce Large Nose Pores


Have you been wondering what nose pores are? If yes,  we will answer all your queries and  help you get rid of large nose pores. The pores on our skin are openings to the hair follicles.

While open pores are necessary for your skin to breathe and remain healthy, sometimes, these pores get clogged and appear large due to dirt, pollution, and germs. This happens because the sebaceous glands located in these pores become larger, too. You're bound to have large nose pores if you have an oily skin and sometimes it is also hereditary.

Unfortunately, there is no way to shrink your large nose pores, but there are some ways to make them appear smaller. Read further the reasons responsible for large nose pores and how to deal with them. 

What Causes Large Nose Pores? 

Sebum and dead skin cells that get stuck in the hair follicles underneath our skin makes our pores clogged. It creates "plugs" that can harden and extend the follicle walls. Thus, the pores are more noticeable.

More personal reasons for clogged pores and their growth include: 

  • Excessive oily skin
  • Dead skin cells 
  • Changes in weather and increase in humidity 
  • Over-exposure to the sun
  • Pollution or dusty environment
  • Genes
  • Hormonal changes and irregular period cycles  
  • Over-consumption of liquor or caffeine (these can dry out your skin and lead to expanded sebum creation) 
  • Poor eating habits
  • Prolonged stress
  • Improper skin care products (oil-based cosmetics avoid sebum buildup)
  • Dry skin (pores are more noticeable due to an increase in sebum production and buildup of dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin) 

How To Unclog Nose Pores

  1. Remove All Makeup Before Sleeping

If you have large nose pores, then wearing oil-free non-comedogenic makeup is one of the many ways to keep your pores oil-free and clean. However, that doesn’t mean you can sleep with your makeup on. If you have an oily skin and you keep your makeup on, then the chances are this could obstruct your pores and make them appear larger than they are.

  1. Cleanse Your Way To Clear Pores

Not only do you have to keep your skin makeup-free, but also oil, dirt and microbes-free. If you want your nose pores to appear even and clean, then it is best if you clean your face at least two times a day with a mild cleanser. You can also try scrubbing your face at least once a day before heading out. 

  1. Lotion Is Important

Your body makes more sebum if you have an oily skin. However, this does not mean that you need to give up on moisturization. Lack of proper hydration could dry your skin and could make your nose pore larger. Use water or gel-based moisturizers as they will not obstruct your pores.

clay masks
  1. Use Clay Masks 

Clay masks help create a barrier on your pores that protects them from dirt, pollution, and germs while making them look smaller. For best outcomes, if you have an oily skin, then you can try masking at least a couple of times a week. If you have combination skin, then use a nose mask.

  1. Peel The Dead Skin Cells

Exfoliate at least a couple of times each week to get rid of dead skin cells that might be obstructing your nose pores. The key here is to gently massage the exfoliating cream onto your nose and let it do the hard work. If you are rubbing the products too harshly on the skin, it will only worsen it.

hyaluronic acid
  1. Other OTC (Over-The-Counter) Products We Recommend

You can keep your nose pores clean with these products by buying them from pharmacies or online:   

  • Oil mattifiers
  • Salicylic acid
  • Nose strips
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen
  • Hyaluronic acid

Although using these products may eliminate zits, they can also remove the natural oils leading to skin dryness and irritation.

Medical Treatments for Reducing Large Nose Pores

Despite keeping your nose pores clean, climate, your skin type, and genetics might make the appearance of pores more visible.  Some medical treatments  help in reducing the appearance of large nose pores: 

OTC Medication for Acne 

You can also try over-the-counter (OTC) medication for acne that consists of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which are useful for treating acne break out on your nose. However, these medications might not help with reducing the appearance of the pore. Although using products with salicylic acid has its benefits as it can help in drying out dead skin cells thus reducing the pore size.  



Microdermabrasion is a minimalversion of dermabrasion treatment. You can get this treatment done at a clinical spa without side effects. This treatment uses a mix of tiny stones that look like diamonds , which removes the dirt, pollution and dead skin trapped in the layer of your skin. You can also use a portable microdermabrasion tool to get the same effect from your  home. All you need to do is use this treatment once a week for best results.

chemical peeling

Chemical Peeling

 Like microdermabrasion, chemical peeling helps remove dust and pollution clogged in the top layer of skin, making the skin cell softer and even giving you an appearance of smaller and even pores. Some of the most common forms of chemicals (acids) used for peeling are glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).


The only known way to ‘reduce' clogged nose pores is to keep them clean. You can keep your pores clean by simple methods like exfoliating, which help get  rid of dirt and pollution. If you do not see any effects from the home remedies, you might need to consult a dermatologist. Based on the diagnosis, they may suggest medical or professional treatments like laser treatment, chemical peeling or dermabrasion.

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