What to do for oily skin and larger pores?

Dr. Irwin, thank you for being a voice of truth and reason cutting through all of the marketing ploys! You are immensely helpful! Is there a way to reduce the size of my pores? I am 32 with large pores and oily skin. As the day goes on, my makeup sinks into my pores only to make them shine bigger. Is there anything I can do here?

I truly wish there was a “home run” for large pores, but there are things that help.

  1. Good products –  here’s the link  and also here.  This blog post applies to all oily skin.  
  2. IPL and Thermage treatments do tend to make oily skin dryer for some months, but it’s not permanent;
  3. If you have acne, discuss spironolactone with your dermatologist –  it can have a drying effect on excess oil production.  More info here.  Scroll down to the bottom
  4. Fraxel treatments also seem to shrink pores size some but there’s debate about whether that’s permanent.

Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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