The Best Face Wash for Large Pores

Exfoliating face washes can reduce large pores.

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Pores aren’t meant to be seen, but here yours are, staring back at you in the mirror. If you're feeling far from "pore-fection," it’s time to start a pore-treatment plan that helps minimize large pores whenever possible. Keep in mind that large pores are most often due to the genes you were given, which means you may not always be able to shrink them. But the right face wash will help keep them free of the gunk that can make them larger.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic-acid cleansers help remove the dirt and oil buildup that loves to collect in large pores. Salicylic acid is what’s known as a chemical exfoliant, which means it takes away dead skin cells without you having to do any scrubbing. The acid gets in your pores and sloughs away dead skin cells and breaks up the oil plugs that lead to blemishes or blackheads.

Gentle Cleanser

Sometimes you don’t have to use a heavily medicated cleanser on your large pores. You do, however, need a face wash that can get all the dirt and makeup off your face without breaking you out. If you have skin that’s oily, yet tends to get irritated, you can use a face wash that’s labeled as a “gentle” face wash or “mild” cleanser. This means the cleanser will do the trick as far as cleaning your face, but won’t dry out your skin too much.


Your pores contain an oil gland that lets out oil meant to keep your skin soft. But when you’ve got large pores, the oil seems to clog your pores. This face wash also should be labeled as “noncomedogenic,” which means it does not contain oil and should not clog pores. If it doesn’t have a label, look for ingredients like petrolatum and mineral oil -- these types are oils and should be avoided.

Products That Soothe

After a long day, your pores need a break too. That’s why you don’t want to be too harsh on them while cleansing your face. When you have larger pores, using cleansers that contain soothing ingredients help minimize inflammation. Examples include algae and aloe, which can keep your skin soft and smooth while you work to keep your pores clean.

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