How to Close Big Pores for Men

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Things You'll Need

  • Oil-free cleanser
  • Toner or astringent
  • Cotton balls
  • Oil-free moisturizer
  • Topical retinoid
  • Facial scrub
Keep your skin clean to unclog pores and improve the appearance.
Keep your skin clean to unclog pores and improve the appearance.

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 minimize the appearance. Start with a good skincare routine, to keep them clean and unclogged.

Step 1

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 minimize their overall appearance.

Cleanse your face twice daily.
Cleanse your face twice daily.

Step 2

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 a toner or astringent to your face once daily.
Apply a toner or astringent to your face once daily.

Step 3

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

Apply an oil free moisturizer to your face twice a day.
Apply an oil free moisturizer to your face twice a day.

Step 4

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

Request a prescription for a topical retinoid.
Request a prescription for a topical retinoid.

Step 5

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.

Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.
Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.

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Tips & Warnings

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

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