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I am asked this question all the time by clients.  Consumers have heard ads on television and read magazine articles promoting products that claim they can shrink pore size or make them disappear (Can you shrink pore size? A top dermatologist explains the possibilities, 2012).  The sad truth is that the pore size we are born with is what we have throughout our lives.  However, by using good products to keep the skin clean and hydrated, pore size can “appear smaller” because the opening of the pore may plump up making them look smaller.  The pore on the inside stays the same.  If the skin becomes dehydrated/dry or filled with debris, they will again appear larger.

Pore size can also increase in size due to sun damage and loss of elasticity.  Self-extractions (or “popping zits”) can cause internal damage to the pore by allowing P. acne bacteria to leak from the side of the pore underneath the skin causing more inflammation.  Self-extractions can stretch the pore and disturb melanin in the skin which can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (discoloration).

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Can you shrink pore size? A top dermatologist explains the possibilities. (2012, October 11). Retrieved November 02, 2012, from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/05/shrink-pore-size-face-dermatologist_n_1644018.html