Pores are actually tiny openings in your skin that provide a way for the oil glands underneath to lubricate and protect the surface of your skin. Pores enlarge during puberty, when oil glands in your skin begin to increase the amount of oil that they pump through your pores. The pores get bigger to handle the increased output. You’re most likely to notice enlarged pores around your nose because that area has more oil glands per square inch than any other part of your body. They stay enlarged until middle age when they shrink into the perfect, totally unnoticeable size that you’ve always wanted.
There are ways of diminishing the enlarged pore problem. First, keep your face clean and resist the urge to pick at enlarged pores and blemishes — this will prevent pores from becoming irritated and more noticeable.
Second, reach for the right skin cream. After washing your face, smooth a lotion containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) over your skin to peel away old skin cells that build up around your pores. The AHAs are fruit and milk acids that encourage older cells to peel off, leaving younger, smoother skin underneath. Use an alpha hydroxy acid product that is 10 percent glycolic acid.