Shrinking Large Pores?

 Many of my patients, particularly those with oily skin, would like to shrink their large pores. Notwithstanding what you may have read elsewhere on the web, I’m sorry to say that there is no reliable and effective way to shrink large pores – yet.

You can get a temporary reduction in pore size with some lasers, like the long wave Aramis laser or even an IPL for photorejuvenation. These lasers reduce oil production for most people and thus reduce pore size. But the shrinkage in pore size does not last.

There is a lot of research going on in lasers for oil reduction, so I am hopeful that there will be more effective treatments for large pores and oil production in the next few years.

In the meantime, the best bet is to use a powder-based mineral makeup, like Jane Iredale or Bare Escentuals. They give good coverage and decrease the appearance of pores. Also, microdermabrasion and light peels keep your pores clean and prevent dead skin from building up, which can also make your pores look smaller.

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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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