Why do my pores look larger after a facial and microdermabrasion?

Hello! I had an hydrofacial where microdermabrasion was used, and I think my pores look worse. How can this be possible? Will they return to their original size? It has been 2 weeks since I had the procedure. Thanks!

I think your question is interesting because my own patients have asked this also.  I don’t have a scientific answer for you on this; but, in my opinion, it’s because the oil and clogging in some people’s pores acts as a sort of “spackle” visually. It makes the pores look more level and not as deep. When the microdermabrasion removes that clog, it reveals the pore more.

Usually, one microdermabrasion does nothing for pore size; but many patients find that if they get one every 4-8 weeks, and use acne medication that keeps the comedones (the plugs) from building up again, that over time (6-12 months) pore size does start to gradually decrease a little. If you’re interested in reading more about how microdermabrasion works, see my guide to the treatment here.

Pore size is largely related to oil flow which is determined by hormones and your genes!

If you’re using microdermabrasion to help with acne, check out my hand-selected Acne care products.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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