Big Pores in Nose: Causes and How to Safely Get Rid of Them

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What Causes Big Pores In Nose?

While this isn't the most pleasant topic, we like to address all kinds of skin care issues, and issues with pores is a fairly common concern.

Big pores in the nose and on the face can be a slightly unpleasant topic, but with the right steps and ingredients, it's something you really can improve and correct.

Our Moon Glow Cleansing Balm is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a product to help clear big pores in nose and cleanse skin.

3 Top Reasons Why You Might Have Big Pores in the Nose

Overactive or Increased Sebum Production: When your skin produces too much sebum, it can clog pores and draw in dirt and debris. Sebum is our skins natural oil and while it does have some benefits, too much is not a good thing. Hormones can cause sebum to over produce, along with changes in the weather, as well as using certain products too much, can increase oil production. If your skin is in a stage where it tends to produce more oil, you should limit your use of stronger toners, scrubs and masks to about twice a week, until your skin resumes a more typical sebum production scenario.

Loss of Elasticity in the Skin: When our skin loses elasticity, our pores start to look slack and looser, especially on and around the nose. Skin might lose it’s elasticity if you are exposing yourself to too much sun, if your skin appears to be inflamed or irritated, or if you are experiencing some signs of aging. This can all be prevented with a better routine and ingredients to protect your skin and keep it calmer.

Comedogenic Products: You might need to keep an eye out for comedogenic ingredients which can be the culprit of your big pores in nose problem. Many chemicals, synthetics, and dyes are comedogenic and can induce inflammation, so if you’re using natural skin care products, you are headed in the right direction.

5 Ways to Decrease Pore Size in the Nose and Face

Exfoliation: (Either Manually or Non-Abrasive) Exfoliating a couple of times a week can help clear skin of dry skin flakes and remove dirt and debris from skin, which might otherwise end up imbedded in your pores if left in place without removal. We personally love a good manual scrub, which immediately feels fantastic and can leave your skin feeling smooth and looking glowy. Also adding a non-abrasive exfoliation product into the mix at some point during the week brings the entire process to the next level. Glycolic acids are a fantastic and accessible choice when using a non-abrasive exfoliation treatment. Don’t forget to include your nose area during your next exfoliation treatment, and you’ll be sure to see those big pores on the nose reduced and looking much better in time.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps minimize pores because it causes the skin to turn over cells faster, but we’ve listed this one separately to point out that when it comes to cell production and clearing the skin of dead skin and debris, vitamin a isn’t one that people think of when they think of exfoliation ingredients. Vitamin a is not harsh like the prescription ingredient Retin-A, and vitamin a is quite safe for all skin types. The benefits of using vitamin a are considerable – not just to help clear pores – but also to fight the signs of aging and help keep skin looking supple and healthy. Many people focus their skin care around eyes, and mouth, but in this case, you do want to remember to give special attention to the nose area, if your pores in and around the nose are bigger and you’d like to reduce them.

Our Moon Glow Cleansing Balm is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a product to help clear big pores in nose and cleanse skin.

Clay Based Masks: Clay masks can help remove oil, dirt, and dead skin deep inside your pores to make them look smaller. There are a wide variety of clays available, even in our product line, and they all have the ability to draw out the contents of pores, to help clear them and give them a chance of return back to their normal size. Clays also contain valuable nutrients and minerals for the skin, which adds another benefit to using products with clay. Clay can also balance oil production, prevent breakouts, and boost circulation. Boosting circulation in itself has benefits, as that can help rejuvenate skin and enhance collagen production. Better collagen production leads to younger and/or healthier looking skin. When it comes to big pores in the nose, you can focus your attention with a clay mask or scrub to that area, and reap the benefits of smaller, clearer pores.

Remove Makeup at Night: Cosmetics can contain many ingredients we don’t want on our skin for extended periods of time. Even with natural cosmetics need to be removed every night to give skin a chance to breath and function properly. Cosmetics can clog pores, and if left on the skin overnight, can increase the likelihood of ingredients settling into the skin, making it harder to remove them the next day once they’ve nestled into your pores. Even noncomedogenic ingredients can act as a plug to pores if left on the skin too long. Removing your makeup every single night is a really important part of your strategy to clearing pores and efforts to reduce their size. Pay extra attention to remove the makeup that might settle around your nose, to help combat and prevent those big pores in the nose area. Consistent effort will help the pores reduce in size.

Try to Keep Skin Balanced Without Stripping It: Stripping it too much, using too many harsh toners, scrubs, and masks, can not only dry your skin out, but it can strip your skin and cause it to generate an excessive amount of sebum (natural oils) to try and combat that dryness. You’ll most likely be right back to square one if you over use certain products. More is not better in this case and using these types of products a couple of times a week instead of daily, is part of the key to balance your skin well and keep it calm and not overly oily or overly dry.

6 Important Ingredients to Reduce Big Pores in Nose and Face

Charcoal: Charcoal is like a magnet when it comes to removing and drawing out toxins from our pores. It have been used for a millennia to attract dirt on the skin and in pores, and as we’re referencing here, big pores in the nose. The removal of dirt and oil gives our pores a chance to revert back to their normal size, and using a charcoal product regularly can help that process along and help keep pores looking healthy and clear.

Clay: Clay has the ability to not only infuse the skin with minerals and nutrients from the earth, but also draw out dirt and oil, and also tighten the skin. This in turn allows pores to reduce in size, and appear smaller. Using clay to unclog pores is a fantastic way to naturally help big pores in nose and on areas of the face.

Acids: Salicylic, glycolic, aha, bha, lactic – there are wide variety of acids to apply to your nose and face to help reduce pore size – and we love them all. Acid products have the ability to retexturize the skin and cause dead cells, flakes, oil, and dirt to release from the surface. When these things are gone, pores have the opportunity to be clearer and reduce in size.

Zinc: Zinc is a great ingredient to incorporate into your skin care routine, especially for reducing big pores in the nose and around the face. Zinc has been proven to reduce oil production and it’s also an inflammatory ingredient. Both of these qualities make it superior for reducing pore size. If your sebum production is in better control, and your skin is less inflamed and irritated, pores will have the opportunity to return to their normal size.

Niacinamide: Niacinamide reduces inflammation, which may help ease redness from a variety of skin ailments. Calming skin with niacinamide can help reduce pore appearance. Keeping skin smooth and moisturized may have a secondary benefit — a natural reduction in pore size over time.

Vitamin A / Retinol: Vitamin a can help prevent large pores from getting worse by reducing sebum production, as well as help keep the pores clear by increasing cell turnover. When dead skin and impurities are swept away from the skin with an ingredient like vitamin a, it can help reduce pore size.

Our Moon Glow Cleansing Balm is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a product to help clear big pores in nose and cleanse skin.


The reduction of big pores in nose and face is a realistic and doable task with the right ingredients and steps taken. Remember to keep skin calm and avoid excessive amounts of sun. Follow these tips above, and you should be on the right track to smaller nose pores soon.

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