Can you Shrink the Size of Your Pores?

A milk mask, raw egg whites, and cold water sound like an excellent natural remedy to shrink pores, right? This remedy and many others might lessen the appearance of your pores, but unfortunately, it doesn’t actually shrink them. Pores can’t shrink. The reason pores are not able to shrink in size is because pore size is determined by genetics. This is something that can’t change. However, there are several treatments dermatologists perform that can improve your skin drastically.

Pore Size

Pores that you see on the surface of your skin might seem like dots, but they are the opening of hair follicles. The pores contain a gland called sebaceous that is responsible for producing oil in your skin. Your heredity determines the size of your pores. Although pores located on your nose and forehead are generally larger than others on your face. In general, people that have darker skin or olive complexion are more likely to have large pores. People with a pale complexion and fair skin usually have smaller pores.

Have you noticed that your once small pores are becoming larger? This might be due to a variety of situations. The most common things that cause pores to become larger is collagen loss, dead skin cells, and squeezing a pimple. This type of situation can cause pores to become permanently larger in appearance.

Tips for Minimizing the Appearance of Pores

You might not be able to shrink the pores you inherited from your grandmother, but you can help them to look smaller in appearance. The following are a few helpful tips that will guide you to taking care of your skin and minimizing the appearance of pores.

  • Chemical Peels – A dermatologist will recommend the proper chemical peel that is suited to your skin and your desired results. There are a variety of chemical peels to choose from that involve a combination of ingredients. The most common type of chemical peels is salicylic and glycolic. They are responsible for rejuvenating skin, reducing fine wrinkles, tightening the skin, reducing dark spots and more.
  • Laser Treatments – Laser treatments use a technique that precisely removes skin layer by layer using short, concentrated pulsating beams of light. It is an excellent option for those who have facial wrinkles, acne scars, blemishes and other irregularities.
  • Hydro Facial Treatments – This procedure reveals clearer, more beautiful skin. Hydro Facial Treatments involve hydration, cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and antioxidant protection.

Your skin is the first thing people notice when they look at you. It is essential that you take care of your skin whether you have inherited large or small pores. Consult with a dermatologist today to determine your original pore size and skin type. Always follow the recommendations of the dermatologist for healthy glowing skin.

Dr GDr. Georgette Rodriguez is a board-certified dermatologist in Miami, Florida who provides her patients with only the most advanced and up to date dermatologic care available. She received her medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice 15+ years. Dr. Rodriguez accepts several types of health insurance. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and the American Society for Mohs Surgery. She specializes in complete dermatology services including medical, cosmetic, and pediatric dermatology.  She is one of 14 doctors at Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System who specialize in Dermatology. To make an appointment, please call her office at 305-667-5480.