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The Cause of Big Pores and How to Handle Them

Many people find the appearance of big pores a troublesome. To some people, the look of these open pores can make the skin look dull and unappealing. In fact, skin with big pores tend to be prone to dirt, bacteria, oil, or dead skin cells that cause skin problems such as acne.

So, what causes large pores and how to deal with large pores?

The Cause of Big Pores

Pores in our skin have an important responsibility; to connect oil (sebum) and sweat to reach the skin's surface. Later, the sebum and sweat work to keep the skin moisturized and maintain body temperature. From the outside, pores are seen as small openings on the skin. Unfortunately, the big visible pores create a rough look-textured skin with small holes on the surface of the skin. Although not a medical problem, visible pores can be a cosmetic concern.

The cause of large pores are:


Genetics plays an important role in determining the size of pores. If the parents have large pores, there is a chance that their children will have them. In fact, genetic factors can cause skin pores to appear open in some areas such as the cheeks and nose.

Increased Sebum Production

Based on study, increased sebum production is one of the main causes of enlarged pores. Every human pore contains excess sebaceous (oil) glands that secrete sebum, and when the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, the pores appear larger naturally.

Reduced Skin Elasticity

Aging is an unavoidable process. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, resulting in pores that look bigger than usual. Lack of skin elasticity also makes the skin look wrinkled and loose.

The Size of the Hair Follicle

Every hair has a follicle and each hair follicle is located under a pore. Basically, pores are openings for hair follicles. So, when someone's hair follicles have a large volume, the pores will enlarge as well.

In addition to the causative factors already mentioned, there are several other triggering factors such as sun damage, smoking, and stress.

How to Minimize Enlarged Pores?

At IORA Clinic, we provide numerous options in handling big pores, including:


Laser treatment is able to accurately focus on small points including enlarged pores with high light-based energy. Besides, laser treatment is considered an effective way for improving skin problems such as the overproduction of sebum, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines.

Art peel (peeling)

Art peel treatment aims to remove and destroy the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and to prevent acne growth. With special ingredients, peeling is an alternative choice to improve the appearance of the skin.


Using a small needle inserted into the skin, microneedle treatment aims to produce collagen and new skin tissue that promotes the skin rejuvenation process. This treatment will result in smoother, suppler, and firmer skin.

Micro Xeomin (Baby Botox)

Baby botox is an injection treatment that is used to unclog pores, reduce oil, and sweat production. In addition, baby botox treatment is able to provide a reduction in fine lines on the face.

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