Dr. Steven Jepson explains what you can do to shrink your pores. Pores are small openings in your skin that can become infected or get clogged with makeup or dirt if they are too large. In order to shrink the visible appearance of skin pores you need to clean the dirt and gunk out of the pore. First you need to cleans and exfoliate your face twice a day using a cleanser designed for the face. Exfoliators are mildly acidic and help to dissolve the dirt so that it can be removed. Dr. Jepson warns that most home devices for shrinking your pores are a waste of money with a few exceptions including Biore pads. You can consider visiting an esthetician. Lastly you can get a laser treatment. Laser treatments are the most aggressive treatment for large pores.