5 Easy Ways for Men to Minimize Large Pores (What Causes Them and How to Get Rid of Them)


Can we physically make our pores smaller? Unfortunately not. Can we make the appearance of our pores smaller? Absolutely!


Has your mom not called you her “handsome young man” in a while? We can blame mom and dad for not giving us nice, small pores. However, there are simple ways to minimize the pores on our face. Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt like your own face could be the set for the moon landing with all those craters? Don’t worry, many of us have. 


People tend to think there is no way to solve large pores on men’s faces or even just men’s oily skin; but truth be told, it’s not that hard to minimize the pores on our face. Men’s oily skin is a prime candidate for the unfortunate large pores


Men have sebaceous glands naturally working harder than women’s  to excrete oils. One of those oils, sebum, is produced to act as a barrier for impurities entering your skin. Sebum, however, is not the reason for men’s oily skin. In fact, the combination of oils, dead skin, or bacteria clogging the pores is the perpetrator. While sebum is there to protect you, it can interfere with the hormone men produce known as, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the basic building block of what makes you a man. It is an “androgen contributing to the development of ‘male’ sex characteristics” according to healthline. However, when combined with sebum, it can produce excess and cause men’s oily skin. This then results in large pores on men’s faces and having most wish they could minimize the pores.


Men also have larger pores than women, which describes why men’s oily skin is such a common issue. The large pores on men’s faces are why men are more prone to acne and impurities. They are able to carry more debris and buildup of bacteria resulting in acne and other skin imperfections.


Many men wish they could easily just make their pores shrink forever. Large pores on your face can have you feeling self-conscious or just appear duller. The goal is to have men’s glowing skin, not men’s oily skin. While it would be great if we could indefinitely minimize the pores, the reality is we can only minimize the pore’s appearance. To minimize the pores effectively, it is important to use the right products and routine. Luckily, it is not a hard task to shrink those sebum-secreting holes on our face in which we must present to the world every day.


I know what you’re thinking. “I don’t have the time nor the patience for a full skincare routine to minimize my pores”. We know you’re busy being a king, which is why we carefully made this list to be quick and easy, yet highly effective for men’s oily skin and to minimize large pores on men’s faces. A simple 5-step routine is all that is necessary to minimize the pores and have not only your skin looking and feeling good, but your overall appearance will be radiating with confidence



1. Wash your face regularly

Using Boldnine's Dual Shaving Cream to wash men's face and minimize the pores

Ever see the Dawn dish soap commercial cleaning the oil off the cute little duck? You are the manlier version of that duck and Boldnine is the life-saving soap. Washing your face at least twice a day is crucial for ridding excess oil from your pores. A 30-second wash every morning and night is a simple yet sure way to start noticing some changes. But that is not all that’s needed. Ya gotta work for it a little bit, sorry, bud. You cannot minimize the pores on your face without properly cleaning them. 


To avoid any other complications, it is important to wash your face quickly before shaving. If you only wash your face after shaving, that is adding even more bacteria to the skin helping it find its way into your pores. This causes irritation and acne. It may seem like the blade is shaving off the oil along with the hair, but it is just pushing the oils and bacteria deeper into the pores. 


A large reason why pores appear larger is because of all the gunk in them. Our face is the vacuum for the pollution and dirt we suck in on our way to work. Not to mention, you carry around the buildup of your dead skin cells if you do not wash them away. Want to truly follow the advice of that motivational speech you just listened to about not looking in the past? The sure way to only focus on the future is by starting now to take care of your skin and not be another statistic for men’s oily skin.


Washing your face should be the first thing you do in the morning. And yes, the temperature can affect your pores. Hot water tends to open up the pores and cold water tends to tighten and minimize the pores. It is recommended to start off with warm water to open up the large pores on men’s faces. This will make sure the dirt easily comes out while washing. When you feel satisfied, turn the knob to cold. Quickly wash your face with the cold water to tighten and minimize the pores and prevent any more dirt and bacteria entering. This will also be a healthy alternative for coffee by shocking you to wake up! 


Without washing your face, you can possibly begin noticing serious complications. As the debris and oils build up more and more in your pores, you will notice an increase of acne. Acne is caused from the buildup of oil, debris, and dead skin cells clogging your pores. Curing your boredom by picking at your newly arrived pimples, you are just bringing more oil and dirt from your hands to your face and giving them a warm welcome to the inside of your pores, inviting them to the party. 


Be gentle when washing your face. Wait for the gym to flex. If you wash your face too harshly, it is possible to cause inflammation and stress your skin out even more; not to mention the possible wrinkles you could cause. If you are feeling a bit lazy and want to jump straight to shaving, the  Boldnine Shave While You Wash 2 in 1 Shaving Cream & Face Wash will soothe your skin, be gentle on any inflammation, and cater to men’s oily skin while helping to minimize the pores on your face. It is further explained in the next step.


2. Shave with a gentle shaving cream

Time to get the face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bum. Since the first step was face-washing, it is much less likely for acne-causing bacteria to enter large pores on men’s faces while shaving. Be careful with which shaving cream you choose; using shaving creams with harmful ingredients to the skin can cause more imperfections. Do not pick the “manly” looking shaving cream just to feel tough; putting a little more thought into the products we use can be life-changing.


As mentioned before, If you want to skip the first step of washing your face and just go straight to shaving, the Boldnine Shave While You Wash 2 in 1 Shaving Cream & Face Wash is the answer you’ve been seeking. This dynamic duo is enriched with Aloe Vera which soothes inflamed skin. It also prevents any redness and irritation from razor burn. To look more into how to prevent razor burn, check out “9 Ways to Stop Razor Burn in its Tracks”. 


The myristic acid helps to keep the skin dry which is helpful to avoid the buildup of oils. Now you’re saying “Well, I don’t want my skin to be dry”. No worries, as the Boldnine Shave While You Wash contains glycerin which helps to deeply moisturize the skin, combat dryness, prevent inflammation, and razor burn.


This product also contains palmitic acid which helps your skin’s barrier by maintaining levels of hydration and appearance. Meaning, it can help you look young! It is a known fact that palmitic acid helps remove any grime and excess oil from the skin by making water combine with the molecules of the debris and oil, washing them away.


Lauric acid is great for soothing skin and combating acne as well. According to Paula's Choice Skincare, it has been researched to have some antimicrobial effects. Propionibacterium acnes is the bacteria that naturally lives on skin, responsible for producing acne. These antimicrobial effects are what fights this off decreasing your risk for pimples.


You may be thinking “Ok, that’s all great, but what does this have to do with minimizing the pores on my face?”. By stripping the oils from our face in a gentle manner, we decrease the layer of gunky oil but do not overly dry out our skin. If you overly dry out your skin, it will just imbalance the skin’s pH, causing a surge of excess sebum to be produced, attracting more dirt, and then the cycle continues.


Feeling your face after you shave it can be tempting, but you must resist the urge! The natural oils on our hands will clog your pores back up and cause those nasty acne-causing bacteria to enter in again. After rinsing the residual shaving cream off your face with cold water to tighten the pores back up, make sure to wash your hands while you’re at it before moving on to the next step. Now that your face and hands are dry and oil free, it is highly important men use a safe moisturizer that will not clog the large pores on men’s faces back up. 

3. Moisturize everyday

Boldnine American male model is using Boldnine's Vitamin C Moisturizer

If you still need some more hydration but are wary about moisturizes reclogging your pores, no need to stress out. A great product to use is the Boldnine Energy on Your Face Moisturizer. This revolutionary lotion is filled with moisturizing elements to make sure your shaven face is feeling as good as it looks. The Energy on Your Face Moisturizer is free of parabens, sulfates, fragrances, and color additives. (All harmful things that your skin would throw a tantrum over; and let's face it, we don’t need a fragrance to tell us it's for men).


One of the ingredients, niacinamide is great at combating blemishes and signs of aging. It remarkably reduces the appearance of pores among having other amazing benefits. Another key ingredient featured in this product is vitamin C. Vitamin C alone is notorious for minimizing the pores on the face. Its antioxidant properties unclogs pores, and gets rid of dead skin cells and excess sebum. Contrary to popular belief, Niacinamide and vitamin C do wonders to the skin by working together. While both work to sexify your skin alone, as a team, the results are even more noticeable. 


Another super ingredient found in the Energy on Your Face Moisturizer, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, protects something called “fibroblasts”. These are the cells in our skin that make collagen. This is extremely important to reduce the appearance of pores. An additional miracle ingredient is Acmella Oleracea Extract. Also known as the “natural Botox”. It helps to tighten your face (which means reducing the appearance of large pores on men’s faces) to help your skin stay young!

4. Avoid oils

Boldnine Male model have so many oils on his face and try to avoid it with his hands

Although avoiding oils may seem obvious, it is difficult to notice in some products. Many products have oils to keep skin moisturized but offer no benefits to already oily skin. Besides the Boldnine products mentioned prior, it is difficult to find skincare without oils that are still gentle on the skin.


Many products for oily skin try to dry you out with little-to-no healthy ingredients. Luckily, we at Boldnine thought ahead of the game and brought revolutionary products to you. When men’s oily skin is stripped of the natural oils and is dry with no moisturizer, our bodies kick into overdrive and overproduce sebum, making the vicious cycle continue. We need to reach equilibrium with the pH of our skin, not dry it out. 


With that said, some oils will help with this. As mentioned in the previous step, the  Camellia Japonica Seed Oil in the Energy on Your Face Moisturizer helps to maintain collagen. Collagen is extremely important to reduce the appearance of pores as it tightens the large pores on men’s faces and minimizes the pores. Collagen is what keeps the skin looking young, bouncy, and tight. As we age, we lose more and more collagen. Other harmful threats can also decrease the amount of collagen in our skin (talked more about in step 5). With that said, it is important to find products which support the production of it.


Some oils to avoid in skincare are:

  • Beeswax
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral oil
  • Paraffin


These oils are known as occlusive emollients. They are a type of ingredient that creates a barrier preventing any hydration from evaporating off your skin. This may sound good; however, it does nothing but add more grease to your pores. Occlusive emollients give no benefits to men’s oily skin and will just make you feel more irritated than being ghosted by bae. So, avoid them at all costs.

5. Wear sunscreen

Boldnine Male model is putting a suncreen on his face to minimize the large pores

No matter the season or weather, the sun is your skin’s worst enemy. Many people tend to think the sun can’t harm their skin if it’s a cloudy day or they’re surviving through the coldest months of winter. They protect their bodies with heavy coats and scarves, but what about the face? Those with oily skin may also be hesitant to wear sunscreen in fear of making their face even oilier. Nonetheless, it is an important step to minimize the pores on men’s oily skin. If you can't stay out of the sun this summer (sun can cause enlarged and misshapen pores), the Aloe Vera ingredients in the Boldnine Shave While you Wash duo Shaving Cream help soothe and calm irritated skin.


According to QSun, “up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and cause damage to your skin”. Moreover, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light, so the rays hit you twice, further increasing your risk of skin cancer and premature aging”. If you claim to be afraid of nothing, sorry for adding the first thing to your list. The sun is just another obstacle in your way to achieving the healthy looking skin you desire and prevent you from minimizing the pores on your face.


Sometimes the damage has already been done and now we need to do something about it. Remember that Aloe Vera in the  Boldnine Shave While you Wash duo shaving cream we mentioned before? Ya, that heavenly ingredient will keep your skin soothed and relaxed from any burns you may have gotten from the sun without adding unnecessary oils.


Sun damage is not only extremely drying to the skin but it is also known to dissolve the collagen our bodies produce, aging us quicker. Without collagen, we cannot minimize the pores on our face. Just another reason to try the Energy on Your Face Moisturizer containing the Camellia Japonica Seed Oil. Sun damage is just another way to be cursed with large pores on men’s faces. 


Truth is, although you may want to feel tough, skin is very delicate. Don’t play roulette with your skin. It cannot be fixed once it is damaged, so, it is important to take the necessary steps in taking care of it now. However, skincare, and using healthy products can greatly impact how your skin looks which is what we are here for.


While we are just focusing on pores here, you should know there are many other healthy ingredients for your skin to help moisturize, soothe, and improve your overall complexion with loads of antioxidants. take a look at our other blogs






Ariel Tenebruso, Marketing Assistant




Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published