Although many people dislike the appearance of large pores, they do have their advantage. Larger pores tend to mean oily skin, which helps counteract the drying and wrinkling of skin that comes with aging.
At-Home Pore-Minimizing Tricks
Before setting up a doctor's appointment or spending money on cosmetics you haven't tested, keep in mind that there are a number of simple at-home tricks you can try to decrease the appearance of your pores. First, you can use preventive measures to protect your skin. For example, by applying sunscreen 30 minutes before going into the sun, and by avoiding the sun's rays when they're strongest -- between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. -- you will be able to protect your skin from ultraviolet ray damage that contributes to dilated pores [source: Sorgen]. Washing your face daily with a gentle rinse will help keep your pores unclogged without irritating the skin. Although they typically call attention to pores, avoid removing blackheads or whiteheads yourself, since this can result in scarring or infection.
You can find another pore-minimizing trick on the breakfast table. You can temporarily tighten the skin, decreasing the appearance of enlarged pores, with a simple homemade masque. Simply mix two raw egg whites with a quarter cup of orange juice. Put the blend on your skin for 15 minutes or until it dries. Finally, wash off the mixture with warm water [source: WebMD].
It's not always possible to tighten the skin or minimize pore dilation. In these cases, a person can apply makeup to minimize their appearance. Try using a pre-foundation skin primer to even out skin tone, followed by a cream-based foundation, which is better at concealing pores than the liquid varieties. Finally, use a loose powder to dust your face and leave your skin looking balanced [source: DocShop].
If the eggs, orange juice and make-up don't do the trick, read on to discover some more technical techniques that will require a trip to a medical professional.