The Best Essential Oil for Enlarged Pores

Rosemary essential oil is the best choice for normal skin types.

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Finding a cure-all essential oil for enlarged pores would be nice, wouldn't it, ladies? Sadly, it can't be done. The best essential oil for large pores depends on your skin type, and using the wrong essential oil for your skin type just won’t cut it – at least not as well as the right one. So evaluate your skin type and choose what works best for you personally.

Oily Skin

If you’ve got oily skin, enlarged pores are pretty common. You need an essential oil that will help to dry up your skin a little bit and get rid of all the bad oil without stripping your skin of the oil it needs. For oily skin, neroli essential oil (no, it's not a made up name -- it really exists!) is best for getting rid of large pores. Neroli essential oil is a moderate antiseptic that will help to reduce sebum production without making your skin too dry. Use neroli essential oil with hazelnut oil as carrier oil – it’s best for oily skin.

Dry Skin

If you've got skin as dry as the Mojave Desert, you probably never though you'd have a problem with enlarged pores, did you? Though enlarged pores are not as common of a problem for people with dry skin, it can happen. If you have dry skin, you need to use an essential oil that will add moisture to your skin without making it oily. Everlasting essential oil is best for dry skin – it will soothe any inflammation and provide the moisture you need. Mix everlasting essential oil with avocado oil as your carrier oil.

Normal Skin

If you’ve got normal skin that isn’t dry or too oily, but you still have enlarged pores, you aren’t the only one. Normal skin types still need moisture that won’t make your skin oily, but you also have to make sure the essential oil you choose won’t dry out your skin. For normal skin types, rosemary essential oil is gentle enough to not disturb the balance of your skin while helping to keep your skin healthy and reducing pore size. Mix rosemary essential oil with jojoba oil as your carrier oil if you’ve got normal skin. Rosemary essential oil can also be quite relaxing, so consider applying it right before bed.


Not all skin is the same. Just because you have what a dermatologist might classify as dry skin doesn’t mean the same treatment will work for you as someone else with dry skin. You’re going to have to experiment with the ratio of essential oil to carrier oil to see what’s best for your skin type. A good place to start is 15 parts carrier oil to 1 part essential oil. From there, you can tailor the mixture to get the results you want.

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