3 Types of Large Pores - Which is Yours?

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Do the large pores on your face look like strawberry, oranges, or lemons? What is actually causing large pores? - Which is Yours?

Lisa called Juliet

I received a phone call from Lisa the other day.

“Juliet, when I put on makeups, the foundations get stuck in my pores. I think I have large pores! Should I moisturise my skin or get some oil-control treatments?”

After reading my previous entry on “Your 8 Bad Habits that Cause Large Pores on Your Face”, Lisa called me immediately to find out a solution to minimise facial pores. Lisa has dry skin, and although she has never had pimple problems, she’d still get large pores.

Large pores, in fact, has been bothering many people, who have either dry or oily skin. There are 3 main different types of large pores. It would better if you could identify which type of large pores you have, to get the most appropriate treatment. So before looking for solutions, take some time to understand the types of large pores!

3 main types of large pores

There are 3 main types of large pores: O-shaped, U-shaped, and Y-shaped. Why “O”, “U”, and “Y”? These letters represent the outer appearances of the large pores of your face! Interesting, huh?

So here are the differences between “O”, “U”, and “Y” shaped large pores!

1.O-shaped pores

O type pore

O-shaped large pores usually occur on the T-zone of our face. If you have oily skin, or if you’re prone to having pimples, you may get this type of large pores. The outer appearance of these pores ook round-shaped. This is caused by the excess oil secreted on your face accumulating  in the facial hair follicles. Over time, your pores become enlarged into a bigger circle.

O-shaped pores must be treated carefully, as the excess facial oil (which clog your pores) are exposed to your surrounding environment. These excess oils will oxidise upon contact with your surrounding air particles and dirt, and turn into blackheads. And blackheads will further enlarge facial pores!

Many of us have a habit to pop them out afterwards. However, if you pop them too much, the collagen in your skin dermal layer would be damaged. This will make your large pores even larger!

2.U-shaped pores

U typre pore

U-shaped pores usually occur on people with dehydrated, dry skin (like Lisa). Well, U-shaped pores don’t look exactly like the letter “U”, but similar to an oval shape.

Most often, people who get U-shaped pores are ladies over 25 years old with dry skin. This type of large pores may look less obvious after applying moisturising cream or lotion.

Large pores can also occur due to the gradual loss of collagen, which may disturb the support systems around your facial hair follicles, enlarging your pores.

3.Y-shaped pores


In contrast to O-shaped pores that are round shaped, Y-shaped pores look like water drops, and are usually spread on both sides of your cheeks. Y-shaped pores could be described as relaxed, aging facial hair follicles.

While O-shaped pores are usually clogged due to blackheads, Y-shaped pores may seem more rough and loose, and usually are not caused by clogged pores.

With our natural aging processes, collagen will lose out gradually from our body and skin. This may reduce our skin elasticity that tighten our facial pores, even if our pores aren’t obvious when we’re younger. If you’re younger than 25 years old, don’t be too proud just yet! your skin do gets old earlier when you didn’t do enough sun protection! Well, if you wish to understand better about sun protection, you may read more on my previous article, “When and How to Apply Sunblock?

To conclude...

Do you which type of large pores you have now?

So why are you getting large pores? Here are the 5 main reasons!

  • Genetics
    Everyone has facial pores, but the size of our pores vary from one another due to genetics, so some people have smaller facial pores than others. Also, biologically, men usually have larger and more obvious pores than women.
  • Too much sebum (natural oil) secretion
    Oily skin and large pores come in a “buy-1-free-1 package”, in that both of them tend to appear together. When you have a naturally oily skin, it’s more likely that you’ll have large pores. (see O-shaped pores)
  • Using comedogenic products
    Cosmetics or skincare products usually undergo laboratory testings to differentiate between non-comedogenic and comedogenic products (they usually test the products on rabbit’s ears!).
  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology, comedogenic products contain ingredients that tend to block pores and promote acne growth, created from an excess of sebum in pores. Thus, if you’re prone to oily skin and acne breakouts, avoid using comedogenic products!
  • Aging
    Due to our natural aging process, our skin may lose its elasticity and become saggy, thus the pores look significantly larger.
  • Radiations from Sunlight
    Over exposure to the sunlight can be harmful to our skin, as the ultraviolet (UV) radiation could accelerate skin aging processes and loosen our skin.

consuiltatation skin doctor

“Juliet, I’m now over 30 years old, my skin is slowly entering the aging stage, I think I really do need professional advice from a medical aesthetic doctor!”

If you’re facing large pores problems like Lisa, you may seek consultation with a dermatologist or medical aesthetic doctor at one of your preferred Malaysian clinics. At ERUFU Care, we believe in building effective communicative relationships between you and healthcare professionals, thus keeping you connected to get the right care you need. We will help you get the right care you need, by helping you to send your enquiries to your preferred clinics and arrange appointments.

Did you enjoy this article? What are the other topics would you wish to read about? Do leave your suggestions in the Comments section below!

Juliet's TipsJuliet's Reminder:Skin conditions of every person vary among one another. Therefore, even though you’re using a product that labels “non-comedogenic”, it doesn’t guarantee that your skin won’t be sensitive to the product, or that you won’t have acne breakouts at all!


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