Open and enlarged pores are a problem experienced by men and women alike, with the two main causes being genetics and age. Ageing causes pores to become enlarged in appearance because as we lose our skin elasticity the walls of the pore lose structure. This then causes our pores to appear larger and more obvious.

Whilst we may not be able to stop ageing or change our genetics,  using the right skin care and make-up you can certainly minimise the visibility of large open pores.

So, here’s the low-down on reducing the visibility of pores.

Cleansers & Exfoliators

It is essential to keep your pores clean and unclogged. When dirt becomes trapped in your pores they not only expand in diameter but become more obvious because of the dirt inside them (which can become blackheads).  By keeping the pores free from bacteria and debris you’ll leave them open for receiving the right nutrients.

We recommend Balense Microdermal Cleansing Scrub to help reveal a hydrated, polished complexion. This product is a non-drying, sulphate-free cleanser with smooth Jojoba exfoliating beads and encapsulated salicylic acid for dual exfoliating action.

Serums & Moisturisers

Serums and moisturisers are important for keeping the skin in tip-top condition and protecting the skin from the environment. Add to this Vitamin C (daytime) and Vitamin A (nighttime) and your newly cleansed and polished skin will drink up the nutritional boost.


This is where make-up meets magic! A pore-minimising primer will form a smooth base and fill in large pores so that your foundation will glide over them. There’s nothing worse than makeup that slips into all the skin’s nooks and crannies only to further accentuate your pores.


Your foundation of choice should be a mineral makeup, free of talc and oils. Talc and oils are notorious pore-blockers and should be avoided. Mineral makeup has a larger molecule size than products such as talc so they will not block your pores at all.

Treatments for open pores

There are several treatments that will help open pores. At Australian Skin Clinics we favour medi-aesthetic face peels or Fractional RF Skin Tightening depending upon your skin type and the severity. To discover which treatment would best suit you, book a complimentary consultation at an Australian Skin Clinics location near you!