Enlarged facial pores can mar your appearance. They give your skin an irregular texture and tone that detracts from the smooth, glowing look it had when you were younger. Large pores become more noticeable as we age, because the skin’s reduced elasticity causes them to dilate.
There is no permanent solution for treating enlarged pores. Treatments can temporarily reduce pore size to make them less noticeable. Multiple treatments can prolong the results. These may include:
- chemical peels
- non-laser light therapy
- laser therapy
Treatments not recommended for pore refining include dermal fillers and ablative laser skin resurfacing. Ablative lasers without a fractional element are far too aggressive for minimizing pore size.
You can prolong the results of refining enlarged pores by keeping sun exposure, smoking and emotional stress to a minimum. The results may last for a few months up to a year or more, depending on your lifestyle, skin condition and skin type.
Treatments (both at-home and in-clinic) to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores are discussed in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’. You will also find recipes for effective home-made pore-refining treatments.