Typically, large pore size is related to overactive sebaceous gland activity, so those with oily skin or acne tend to experience more visible pores. When these oily skin pores become clogged with sebum, the pore wall becomes stretched.
Age and “tired” skin function can also contribute to enlarged pores, as can sun exposure and skin that is out of balance due to incorrect product use, health issues, medication use or other reasons.
Treatment of enlarged pores most often is dependent upon decreasing oil (sebum) output. We’ve seen considerable improvements for acne patients with the use of Photo Dynamic Therapy. Studies of oral isotretinoin (Accutane) and topical tretinoin (similar to Retin-A) and tazarotene have shown all three medications to be effective in decreasing pore size.
Glycolic acid peels, with or without vitamin C, have been shown to decrease pore size appearance. Salicylic acid peels are also helpful for acne patients because this type acid penetrates plugged pores.
New to the scene is the use of Botox, though in this instance it is superficially placed in the upper layers of the skin instead of the muscles that control facial movement. The effect on the tiny muscles that only control the sebaceous gland seems to prevent the pores from “expanding”, so we’re beginning to see tighter, finer pores in patients who have chosen to be treated with superficial-level placement of Botox. (See Aquagold fine touch for how this works.)
Non-ablative 1440 nm diode fractional laser – Clear and Brilliant, which we refer to as our Baby Fraxel – is useful in treatment of enlarged facial pores. This treatment is triple-benefit with skin smoothing, collagen encouragement and pore minimizing. The optional inclusion of Permea improves discoloration.
Trials for botanical agents, specifically plant-derived chlorophyllin copper complex sodium salt (CHLcu) and tetra-hydro-jasmonic acid (LR2412) are in process. Oral anti-androgens, such as combined oral contraceptives, spironolactone, and cyproterone acetate have also shown positive effects. Source: MDlinx.com
If you are concerned with large pores or if you are simply not happy with your skin, we are here to help! Please call our office at (949) 727-3800 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.
When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.