How to Address Dry Skin and Large Pores

October 07, 2021
Jessica Khorsandi
By: Jessica Khorsandi | by L'Oréal
How to Address Dry Skin and Large Pores

Enlarged pores are often associated with oily skin, but dry skin types can experience them, too. Because it can be tricky to treat this combination of skin concerns, we consulted with Dr. Peter Schmid, a SkinCeuticals ambassador and plastic surgeon based in Colorado, to find out the best skincare products for enlarged pores that won’t dehydrate your skin. 

What Causes Enlarged Pores?

“Large pores are primarily caused by genetics, but they may also be the result of inflammatory skin conditions, excessive oil build-up, thickening skin, severe acne, sun damage and the loss of skin elasticity, which progressively occurs with the aging process,” says Dr. Schmid. Keep reading for the best skincare products for enlarged pores. 


How to Minimize Pores on Dry Skin


Regular exfoliation is a must for all skin types, especially if you are experiencing congested or enlarged pores. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum is a smart choice because it helps smooth skin’s texture and contains hyaluronic acid to attract moisture.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum



Keeping your skin hydrated is the best way to guard against flakes that can end up clogging your pores. We like the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion because it’s non-comedogenic and provides long-lasting hydration without feeling heavy.


Apply Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

If you’re wondering why we always preach about the importance of using sunscreen, even on cloudy days, this is why: “Sunscreen is paramount to reducing the risk for premature skin aging and expansion of pores,” Dr. Schmid says. The SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is non-comedogenic and offers a lightweight, fast-absorbing finish.


Apply a Face Mask

One of the most important skincare products for enlarged pores is a clay mask. Incorporating a clay mask into your skincare routine is a simple way to detox your pores and draw out dirt, oil and debris that may be on the surface of your complexion. Because clay masks can sometimes be drying, choose carefully.


One clay mask that all skin types can benefit from is the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque. This mask is formulated to be non-drying and has a deep pore-cleansing formula that combines high-quality earth clays, botanicals and minerals. It also contains a blend of hydroxy-acids to gently exfoliate, as well as aloe and chamomile to soothe.

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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