Adios Enlarged Pores


My frustrations hit the roof dealing with enlarged pores! It’s annoying because while they are not really an illness, they get easily clogged with grime and dirt making way for a veritable black head colony. Make-up can’t really camouflage these and the longer these blackheads sit clogged with all the debris, the pores stretch out even more and subsequently give rise to other skin problems such as acne or sebaceous cysts.

There are a number of things you can blame for your enlarged pores. Genetics, prolonged sun exposure, excessively oily skin, improper diet, poor lifestyle, inadequate cleaning routine, hormonal changes during puberty or menopause… all can be contributory factors to this condition.

While there is not much that can be done to make the pores invisible, there are a few treatments available that can definitely shrink their size. Let’s look at some of the procedures that can help minimize the appearance of large pores.


Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular treatments to shrink enlarged pores. This is a non chemical treatment in which tiny aluminum dioxide micro-crystals are air blasted on the skin surface. This unclogs pores and shifts the dead cells present on the upper epidermal layer of the skin. The excess powder crystals are vacuumed away by the technician performing the treatment once the procedure is complete.

Microdermabrasion might be a little uncomfortable especially when is being performed around the nose and mouth because of the sensitive tissue here, but is not painful. This treatment takes less than 20 to 30 minutes to be completed and results are instantaneous. Pores are visibly reduced with fine lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation effectively taken care of.

Laser resurfacing:

This treatment reduces enlarged pores along with minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and skin discoloration. Laser resurfacing boosts collagen formation and also tightens the facial skin. In this treatment short, pulsating beams of light are directed at the problem area vaporizing the damaged skin cells revealing the fresh skin underneath. The recovery time for this treatment is approximately six weeks and a topical anesthesia is applied to minimize discomfort.

Chemical Peels:

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Beta hydroxy and TCA (Trichloreacetic Acid) peels are most effective while treating the problem of enlarged pores. When conducted by an experienced dermatologist these peels reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and also make the skin look younger.The acids remove the upper epidermal layer of the skin exposing the newer unblemished skin from underneath.


Retinoids are topical treatments that contain Vitamin A. They help in minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. These prescription medications help in unclogging pores and dissolving the debris inside them. Eventually the skin that has been affected peels away giving way to fresh looking skin.

Deep cleansing treatments:

A number of deep pore cleansing treatments are available at spas.These treatments balance the sebum production, unclog pores and encourage new cell growth and are ideal for people whose pores are not very badly enlarged or blocked.

Do you suffer from enlarged pores? What do you do to deal with them? Tell us your story.