Having big pores can make you feel insecure about your skin as often this means blackheads are more visible and makeup might sit differently on your skin than if you had small pores. There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the appearance of large pores, so here at NIVEA we have all the tips and tricks to suit your needs


Everybody's different

The size of your pores is determined by the amount of sebum that is produced. Sebum is essentially oil produced by the sebaceous glands found in the skin, and it's role is to lubricate the skin and hair on our bodies. Some of us produce more sebum than others, and our pores need to be able to accommodate the amount we are producing. Therefore, the more sebum you produce, the bigger your pores will be.

Pore size changes as you age

Sun damage and other environmental factors can cause your pore size to increase as you get older, this is because your skin becomes less elastic so your pores become less able to hold their shape, causing them to grow larger and more dilated. It's important to use sun protection, especially in the spring and summer seasons, not only to help your skin stay healthy but also if you want to reduce the amount your pores grow.

Oil free moisturisers

Oil Free Moisturiser will provide your skin with the hydration it needs without adding excess oils to your face that later clog your pores, causing them to become enlarged. This is particularly useful for people with oily skin, so why not try the NIVEA Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream.

Use toner

Using a toner before you apply moisturiser effectively cleans and closes pores before applying any heavier products to your face, while giving your skin an essential hydration boost to keep it looking healthy. Read our guide on what toner does for more information.

Steam your face

This opens up the pores and allows you to deeply clean them to remove dirt. After you have cleansed you should be sure to apply a cold compress to your face to close the pores, otherwise dirt will get stuck in them again.

Moisturising cleansers

This is to limit the amount of excess oil your skin is creating and therefore reduce the size of pores. Try the NIVEA MicellAIR Water Sensitive Skin which is designed to leave no residue on the skin.

Get a facial from a professional

Why not splash out and treat yourself - qualified professionals can remove excess oils and unclog pores more effectively and without damaging the skin so the benefits will last longer afterwards.

Clay masks

Using a clay mask means that excess oil is absorbed from the skin while also drawing out dirt from large, congested pores.The NIVEA 1 Minute Urban Detox Mask Purify is perfect for this.

Salicylic acid exfoliators

Salicylic acid in your exfoliator not only removes dead skin cells at the surface of the skin, it also makes the exfoliator more oil soluble so it can deeply penetrate into the pores and help to minimise them.

Remove your makeup before bed

Clean out your pores with a gentle face cleanse before bed to prevent build up, try to focus on known problem areas and this will help to reduce pore size on nose and chin, often two of the main areas where pores become clogged.

Avoid products that stimulate your skin to produce more oil

Products designed to dry out your skin will only increase the amount of oils your skin is producing as it tries to counteract this and lubricate the skin, so you should stay away from any products that might cause this happen as the more oil you produce, the bigger your pores will look.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains natural pore-tightening properties, and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals that might irritate the skin. It also has excellent soothing qualities that make your skin feel rejuvenated, and makes it perfect for people with sensitive skin too.