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Beauty Mythbusters: Can You Shrink Your Pores?
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Beauty Mythbusters: Can You Shrink Your Pores?

Consider all of your pore questions answered!

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Beauty can be confusing. We’re here to make it a little easier for you by getting to the bottom of common beauty myths. Today we're tackling an age-old complexion question: Can you really shrink your pores?

Pore Basics: Before we get into doing something about our pores, we have to know the basics about them. Pores are defined as “a minute opening, especially in the skin.” While most of us are primarily concerned with the ones on our faces, they’re all over our bodies.

The good news for people who gripe about the size of their pores is that you can do something about them. Dr. Karyn Grossman, celebrity dermatologist and creator of the KARYNG Skincare line, states, “You definitely can improve the look and size of pores.” However, if we’re getting technical, Dr. George Sun points out, “Pore size can be reduced but not eliminated.”

Oily skin: If you’ve got oily skin, a greasy T-zone probably isn’t your only concern. The size of your pores is probably one, too. Dr. Sun writes, “In oily skin, the appearance of large pores is typically due to the higher metabolic activity of the sebaceous glands.  As such, skin products or in-office treatments which gently exfoliate or control oil production can better normalize sebum metabolism and thus improve pore size.”

Begin with over-the-counter products: It might be tempting to go for the super-strength, pore-minimizing products right away, but Dr. Grossman suggests beginning with over-the-counter products before upgrading. “Start with over-the-counter products containing retinol and eventually move into stronger prescription products such as Retina A, Refissa, Differin, and Tazorac,” she explains.

Consider lasers: If you’re finding that prescription creams still aren’t delivering the results you want, a laser treatment is the next step, Dr. Grossman states, “Then moving up the scale, Fraxel laser is the best I have seen to help improve the texture of the skin and to improve pores. Patients love the improvement they get, although best results take two to three sessions.”

Other options: Dr. Sun also says that superficial peels can help with pores as well as Botox. Yes, you read that right. He explains, “In aging skin, larger pore size is often to due to collagen loss, leading to pore size dilatation.  As such, more aggressive approaches may be necessary to improve pore size.  These options include skin medicine with retinoids, superficial dermal filler, laser resurfacing, deeper peels, ultrasound or radiofrequency skin tightening.” 

Products to try:

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector  ($79)

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This powerful serum beautifies your skin, tightens pores, and fights the signs of aging.

Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment ($15.97)

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This drugstore pick brighten skin and shrink pores as you sleep!

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel ($88 for 60 applications)

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If you prefer to skip creams and serums, try these powerful treatment pads from Dr. Dennis Gross. They fight large pores and have a 5-star rating on Influenster.

What do you turn to for pore-shrinking? Tell us in the comments below!

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