How to close big pores for men

Written by jennifer magnesi | 13/05/2017
How to close big pores for men
Keep your skin clean to unclog pores and improve the appearance. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Pores are a natural part of the skin and are present on everyone, but for men they can be a real problem. Men tend to have more oily skin, which causes larger pores along with pimples and blackheads. These pores are most often found on the nose, as well as other parts of the face. While you cannot reduce the size of a pore, there are ways to minimise the appearance. Start with a good skincare routine, to keep them clean and unclogged.

Cleanse your face twice a day with an oil-free cleanser specially made for oily or acne-prone skin. Keeping your pores clean will help them remain unclogged and minimise their overall appearance.

Apply a toner or astringent to your face, at least once a day. Pour a small amount of toner onto a clean, dry cotton ball and swipe it across your face -- paying close attention to the areas of your skin with large pores. Toner will tighten your pores and make them appear smaller.

Apply an oil-free moisturiser to your face twice a day following your cleansing routine and toner application. Oil-free moisturiser will keep your skin soft and healthy-looking, without increasing the amount of oil or shine.

Request a prescription from your dermatologist for topical retinoid -- which are Vitamin A derivatives meant to unclog your pores. This will minimise the number of pimples and blackheads you get. There are also over-the-counter topical retinoids available at many drugstores.

Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week, using a gentle, oil-free scrub. The facial scrub will remove dead skin cells which lead to acne and unclog your pores.


Astringent is typically made with a high level of alcohol, so if you have sensitive skin, use a toner instead.

Tips and warnings

  • Astringent is typically made with a high level of alcohol, so if you have sensitive skin, use a toner instead.

Things you need

  • Oil-free cleanser
  • Toner or astringent
  • Cotton balls
  • Oil-free moisturiser
  • Topical retinoid
  • Facial scrub

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