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How to Reduce Nose Pore Size

Updated April 17, 2017

Large pores are caused when oil, make-up and dirt are not properly removed from the skin, as well as by the natural ageing process. The nose is susceptible to large pores because of the type of oil glands in that area and because it is easy to miss spots around the crevices of nose skin without careful attention. When facial skin is clogged, the pores will enlarge in an attempt to breathe and rid themselves of debris, so it is important to regularly empty the pores by keeping your skin clean. The following regimen will aid greatly in keeping your nose pores closed.

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  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, moving your fingertips in a circular motion. Pay particular attention to the area around your nose where make-up and dirt tends to accumulate. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

  2. Sit with your face over a facial sauna or a steaming teapot for 10 minutes to open your pores. Drape a towel over the back of your head to capture as much of the steam as possible. Periodically wipe away the oil and dirt from your face and from around your nose with a warm, moist washcloth.

  3. Examine your skin in a magnifying mirror to look for debris left behind. Use a pore extractor to squeeze out traces of dirt and oil on particularly large pores. A pore extractor is less damaging to your skin than squeezing with your fingertips.

  4. Apply a clay mask to draw out any additional debris and shrink your pores. Leave the mask on for the time recommended by the product manufacturer--typically 10 minutes or until dry. Wipe the clay mask from your face with a clean moist washcloth. Pat dry.

  5. Swipe your face and nose with a cotton ball soaked with a facial toner. Apply salicylic lotion to your face if it is oily.

  6. Tip

    Repeat this facial at least two times per week on a regular basis for optimum results.


    Follow the manufacturer's guidelines when using a pore extractor. Use caution when steaming your pores open. Steam can burn skin the same as hot water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Towel
  • Washcloth
  • Facial sauna or teapot
  • Pore extractor
  • Magnifying mirror
  • Clay mask
  • Toner
  • Salicylic lotion

About the Author

Yvonne Ward began her professional writing career in 2004. She wrote a true-crime book published in 2010 and has two more underway. She also has a strong background in business, education and farm living. Ward is pursuing a Master of Arts in history and culture from Union Institute and University.

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