The best products and treatments to reduce your pore size.

So, when do pores start becoming an issue?

Pores are one of the first skin concerns we begin to see amongst our younger customers, because their size and visibility increase during adolescence. However, from that point on for many adults they continue to be a pain point that never goes away. Their appearance and size are an obsession for some (we’re looking at you Regina George) and although we used to think their size was set, we now believe that they are dynamic structures that are able to be influenced.

Pores being measured on VISIA®
Pores being measured on the VISIA® Complexion Analysis System at the South Yarra Script Skincare store

Why are pore size, acne and oily skin thought of as connected?

Because they are. Pores tend to appear in adolescence and with them oil. Both are generally more significant in males than females as they are linked to hormones such as testosterone that occur in greater levels in males. Pores are openings in the skin that allow the hair follicle to reach the surface. The hair follicle is responsible for bringing oil to the surface and it is for these two reasons that enlarged pores are often associated with acne.

Want to find out why pores combined with oily skin can be the plumbing problem that causes an acne breakout? Then watch this video.

Read our deep dive into pores by clicking here.


We can influence the size and structure of our pores, see our go-to ingredients and treatments below.

What are the best skincare ingredients to look for in order to reduce pore size?

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHAs)

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHAs or Salicylic Acid)


Vitamin A (e.g Retinol)

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)


About the author

Our founder, dermatologist Assoc Professor Greg Goodman is Chief of Surgery at the Skin and Cancer Foundation (now Skin Health Institute) and Adjunct Associate Professor with Monash University. He is a go-to dermatology industry-insider for Vogue, Elle and Cleo — amongst others, and consults on pores, skin pigmentation, ageing and acne. Greg has over 30 years of experience both academically and professionally. He harnessed this knowledge and experience to create Script and take the confusion out of choosing skincare products. To learn more about Greg click here.

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